I’ve had the Happy Pear first recipe book for some time now and this recipe has been bookmarked since I first laid eyes on it. I finally got around to making it last week, and oh boy is it delicious! It can replace a regular chocolate bar for me, which is saying something! Made with dates, and nut butter, it has much more wholesome ingredients than your average shop bought chocolate bar. Dare I even put the word healthy in there, for such a treat? I think so, healthy it is. Enjoy!
You will need:
For the base:
90g pitted dates
240g ground almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
For the caramel:
180g pitted dates
90g cashew or almond butter
1 tblsp. coconut oil
1 tblsp water
300g dark chocolate (dairy free)
Blend the dates in a food processor until smooth. Add a little water if necessary to make a thick paste.
Add the almonds, vanilla and salt.
Shape the mix into bars about 7cm long and 0.5cm high and put them on a lined baking tray.
Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Blend the caramel ingredients in the food processor. I used peanut butter in a pinch as I was out of cashew butter, but cashew or almond is best.
Remove the biscuit bases from the freezer and spread a thick layer of the caramel over each.
Smooth the sides with a knife and return to the freezer for 30 minutes.
Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
Take bars from the freezer and roll in chocolate one at a time and put back on cold tray.
Place in the fridge for an hour.
Store in the fridge (covered and hidden if your kids are like mine!).
Notes: I had no cashew or almond butter so chanced using peanut butter, it worked out fine. Suitable for freezing, and can be eaten straight from freezer or defrosted in fridge.
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