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Salted Caramel Study Snacks

Salted Caramel Study Snacks

I’ve had an obsession with dates for as long as I can remember. As a kid I remember debating that dates should go in the shopping trolley because they were a fruit and fruit are healthy. (Even if this fruit was sweeter than most chocolate I was allowed!) Now that I’ve started experimenting with plant-based cooking, dates have become my absolute saviour on those cold, rainy days that you just want a sweet snack and a cup of tea to tide you over until dinner time. Not only do they have HEAPS of awesome natural energy, but they are the best substitute ever for caramel.

SO without further ado, here are two recipes that are a lot healthier than buying that caramello koala you’re craving. Both recipes begin with a base of a ‘salted caramel’ sauce.

SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

Honestly, I could just eat this as it is with some apple or banana to dip in it!

ingredients:
– 6-7 dates, pitted
– boiling water
– 1/2 tsp salt

method:
– finely chop the dates and add to a bowl
– cover dates with boiling water and leave to soak for 30 minutes or longer
– drain the dates but save the water! This will create the right consistency for the sauce
– add soaked dates to a blender along with around 3 tbsp of the water (or more depending on how thick you want the sauce to be)
– blend until smooth and stir through salt to taste

 

CHOC SALTED CARAMEL TRUFFLES

These are kind of like basic energy balls, but a little more decadent! The oats and chia mean they fill you up really well and give you heaps of energy to get on with your day.

ingredients:
– 1 tbsp cacao powder
– 1 tsp chia seeds
– 1 tbsp oats
– 3 tsp desiccated coconut (plus extra to coat!)
– optional: hemp seeds for crunch!

method:
– add 3 tbsp salted caramel sauce to a small bowl and stir through cacao powder until fully combined
– stir in oats, chia seeds and coconut one at a time until the mixture is thicker
– add hemp seeds and put in the freezer for around 15-20 minutes or until mix can be shaped by hand
– form into three small balls and roll in extra coconut to finish
– eat while stressing about your presentation on colonialism that’s due in two days

 

SPICY SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CRUNCH

I absolutely LOVE chilli chocolate, and this is my (healthier) version. My grandma always says it doesn’t matter if it looks like a dog’s dinner, it’s what it tastes like – and in this case it’s definitely true! These may not look Instagram worthy but oh my god they are insanely good.

ingredients:
– 1 tbsp cacao powder
– 1/2 tsp of ground chilli powder
– 2 tbsp Be Natural ‘popped’ granola

method:
– begin with 3-4 tbsp of the salted caramel sauce and stir in the cacao powder
– add the chilli powder in to taste
– stir through the granola until it is fully coated
– tear off a strip of baking paper and tightly roll the mix (like a burrito) until you end up with a small log shape around 5cm x 2cm
– freeze for at least 45 minutes or until the bar has set
– eat while binge watching YouTube videos to procrastinate