Paleo Chocolate Salted Date Caramels

Everyone splurges, so why not splurge smart?

 

Yes, the first post on my clean eating blog is CHOCOLATE. Not the cleanest of foods, but the simple truth is… everyone splurges so why not be prepared for it? Having these paleo caramels in my fridge has saved me from splurging on the wrong foods many nights, and if I can help others do the same, then why not start my blog off with this!

The best part about these babies are that (1) there’s no baking (2) they taste frickin’ amazing and most importantly, (3) they’re clean. Check out this recipe I adapted from a fellow paleo blogger:

Salted Chocolate Date Caramels (Paleo)

Makes 12-13 caramels

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed & pitted Medjol dates
  • 3 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp warm water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • Sea salt or Kosher salt

Instructions

Add dates, almond butter, vanilla, water, salt to a food processor and pulse until smooth, scraping the sides down. Add almond flour and pulse until incorporated.

Line a small bread pan or baking sheet pan with greased parchment paper (I used grass-fed butter to grease but coconut oil would do great). Spoon date mixture on one side of the parchment paper, folding the other side over the top of the date mix.

Paleo Salted CaramelsUsing your hands, shape the date mixture into a large rectangle ensuring it is about 1/2 inch thick. Freeze the date rectangle for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Paleo Salted Caramels-2When your dates have frozen (they will not be frozen solid), use an oiled knife to cut into 12 squares, placing the squares on another sheet of parchment paper.

In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and microwave for approximately 1 minute or until a majority of the chips have melted. Stir the chocolate to allow the rest of the chips to melt.

Paleo Salted Caramels-3To coat the caramels in chocolate, I used a fork and a spoon! In the bowl of chocolate, place a caramel on the fork and spoon chocolate over the top. Scrape the chocolate from the bottom of the caramel using the spoon and lay the caramels on the parchment paper. It might get messy, but if you love playing with chocolate, this will be fun! Sprinkle sea salt on top.

Paleo Salted Caramels-4

Next time you’re itching for that sweet fix, hopefully, you’ll have these babies in the fridge to save you from a night of regret. 🙂