RAW VEGAN Salted Caramel Bars
If you only make ONE recipe from my website, I say this with confidence: it should be this salted caramel beauty. I mean, I love all of my recipes I post but this holds a special place in my heart. Dramatic much? In all seriousness though, these are sooo friggin' good! The nutty base has that perfect consistency (not too dry, not to moist) pared with the sweetness of the salted "caramel" and finally an added pecan and dark chocolate coat that gives that amazing crunch. Hungry yet? :D :D
My brother said they're basically a healthy Snickers and that's EXACTLY what they're like! Nail on head, thanks bro. That's a huge compliment from him given Snickers = his legit fave chocolate bar. Anyone remember those hilar Snickers commercials? Man they have to be my fave.. especially this one and this one :D hilarious, right? So yeah, avoid an identity crises and go make these! You're not you when you're hungry.
Ok, ok let's get to the good part shall we? So the caramel is totally vegan but has a little more sugar than my other recipes on here. That's simply because it's naturally sweetened with pitted medjool dates. Although it is in fact a natural sweetener, you should still be mindful of portions and daily intake, so this truly is a treat!
I've listed 1/2 cup macadamia nuts and 1/2 cup pecans - but feel free to use whatever unsalted mixed nuts you have. Tip: I usually get the Deluxe Unsalted Mixed Nuts from Bulk Barn and just picked out the macadamia and pecans from that mix at home. It's a little cheaper plus I have more nuts to choose from for other recipes.
It's really important to blend your vegan caramel ingredients until you have a thick consistency, much like the real thing. If you don't blend enough and it's a little watery/thin consistency - keep blending for about a minute or add one or two more dates in there. It's important because due to the high sugar content in dates, it takes a long time for it to freeze and it melts relatively fast once taken out of the freezer.