This recipe was born out of a desire for chocolate and caramel, but without creating another sugar-heavy slice base as all of these raw vegan treats seem to do, and not wanting to spend anymore of my precious Sunday rolling bliss ball like creations.
Call me lazy, call me genius, I really don’t mind – because this is in my fridge right now, and it’s good!
My Raw Chocolate Caramel Bark Recipe
The Nut ‘Base’
- 1/3 cup each of roughly chopped pistachios, walnuts and almonds (or use whatever nuts you please)
- Shredded Coconut – as desired.
The Raw Caramel
- 1 cup of fresh pitted Medjool dates that have sat in hot water for 15 minutes
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence, depending on your love of it
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of coconut milk . Start with 1/4 cup and add more if you feel your caramel is too thick
- 1/ 4 hard cacao butter
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup rice malt syrup (use coconut nectar, maple syrup or raw honey for paleo version)
- 1.2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of melted cacao butter (this is about 230gm hardened according to Lauren over here).
1. Scatter your chopped nuts and shredded coconut over a baking tray linked with baking paper. The base is done. You’re brilliant!
2. Start on the caramel by melting your hardened cacao butter in a double boiler until fully liquified.
3. Combine it in a powerful blender with the dates, coconut milk and vanilla extract.
4. Blend until nice and creamy and smooth.
5. Spoon the caramel into a snap lock bag, chop off a tip and pipe the caramel over the nut base. If you’re fancy and a have piping bag, now would be your time to whip it out.
6. Place this into the fridge so it can set a little while you’re creating the chocolate
7. Crank up your double boiler again to melt down your latest batch of cacao butter
8. Once melted, add it into the blender with the rest of the chocolate ingredients and blend until smooth
9. I then took the tray back out of the fridge and simply poured the chocolate evenly over the top of the caramel.
10. Return it to the fridge to set.
You’ll need some patience here, as I whipped it out after it looked like the chocolate has set (in about 15 of so minutes), oh so eager to give it a go, but it was still quite crumbly.
The more I let it set (say, several hours), the more it came into its true bark nature and held fast when I cut it up.
It’s amazing, it’s healthy and you will just love eating it.
A Possible Alternation:
Make the chocolate first and combine it with the nuts to make a choc-nut bark, and allow it to set firm in the fridge. Then pipe to caramel over it.
You could just combine all of it to make a choc-caramel-nut swirl bark also.
I’m sure I’ll be trying different combo’s next time!
About Claire Murray from Claire’s Holistic Pursuits:
Through her work in clinical practice, media contributions and blogging Claire works with those wanting to naturally conquer their health complaints, so they may experience accelerated healing and uncover what their body optimally needs to thrive.
What are 3 things you learned aboutlife from your wellness journey?
1. Rest is important
I really don’t appreciate the guilt that is associated with stopping, slowing down, saying no to commitments, putting ourselves first, and refuelling the tanks so we can live to thrive another day.
You aren’t flawed, less than perfect or inferior if you choose to stop and rest – you’re an empowered human being and I high-five that! Let’s stop glorifying busy.
2. Life should be celebrated and enjoyed
We’re on the planet for way too short of a time to not look after our bodies, nourish them and guide them toward the best options. Most of the time that may look like spinach and chia seeds, but it also looks like chocolate and red wine! Eat and live in a way that lights you up and fills you with joy, whilst leaving that guilt at the door.
3. It’s all about falling off the horse, and then getting back on again.
Making new or unchartered changes in life – whether health related or not – never means we’re meant to get it ” 100% right” or do it “perfectly”. Our failings are our biggest lessons, and I am coming to embody the grace that comes with accepting the lessons in defeat.
If we fall off the horse when trying something new, all hope isn’t lost. We have each minute or meal to make a new choice, and to say we’ll keep trying.
Be kind, and allow yourself time to transition, whatever new thing you’re embarking on.
4. What’s your number 1 piece of advice you’d give to someone wanting to adopt to a healthier lifestyle?
Be curious, and if it’s proving to be an adjustment, always choose to see it as an experiment rather than a burden or an overwhelming task.
Do it because you want to look after and love your body, not because you feel you have to, your friend is doing it, or a magazine said it’s a must.
Things stick when we’re truly excited and invested!
5. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only eat one food or dish, what would it be?
I really think coconut would be in serious contention, which is really handy, as I’m sure there’d be heaps around.
That or avocado, it’s hands down my favourite fruit (or vegetable!).
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