RAW CHOCOLATE CARAMEL SLICE

Monday to Friday sees me shooting off emails, scanning spreadsheets, sitting through agency wips and sales call meetings, concocting marketing campaigns and competing in the all-important office bake off (which I fully intend to win, by the way).  Here is today’s effort.

choc caramel slice

You really do need to have a food processor for this.

INGREDIENTS

Base

1 Cup almonds

1 Cup medjool dates

Pinch of salt

Filling

1 Cup of cashew butter

½ Cup of melted coconut oil

1 Cup of medjool dates

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Topping

½ Cup of melted coconut oil

6 Tablespoons of raw cacao powder

¼ Cup of maple syrup

1 Tablespoon of boiling water

DIRECTIONS

To make the base, place the almonds and dates into the bowl of your food processor fitted with an ‘S’ blade and blitz until the mixture begins to stick together.  This does take a little while so I would suggest giving your food processor a break every 30 seconds or so to ensure the motor doesn’t over heat.  Once the mixture starts to clump together, scoop it out and press into the base of a 20cm baking pan (if your pan is not non-stick lay some baking paper down first).  Place in the fridge to harden while you make the filling.

To make the caramel filling, give the bowl of your processor a quick wipe over then place the cashew butter, coconut oil, dates and vanilla extract in.  Blend until smooth then spoon on top of the base, spreading with a spatula to get it even.  Place back in the fridge.  This layer really needs to be set firmly before you try and spread the topping over so leave in the fridge for an hour if you can or if you don’t have that much time, place in the freezer for 20 mins.

To make the topping, give your food processor a wipe out again (see why I said you can’t make this without one!!) and place all the ingredients for the topping in.  Blend until completely combined and smooth and then carefully spread over the filling.  Place back into the fridge until completely set, about 2 hours.

There weren’t really any left-overs from the office bake off, but if you do have some don’t leave out of the fridge for too long as the centre will start to soften (but it’s still yummy!).

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