Weekend Baking: Raw & Vegan Chocolate Caramel Squares

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Good morning! I realize when I say good morning it may not apply to everyone as the internet is not limited to time zone so if it is not morning for you, I'm still sending you good vibes! For today's weekend sweets, we have the raw, vegan, and gluten free chocolate caramel squares! These are delicious, pretty nutritious, and super easy! All you need is a food processor, and the sky is the limit! My inspiration for this recipe is from Emily von Euw's Rawesome Vegan Life blog. rawchocolatebar3

*This recipe is based on a square pan.

For the crust, you will need:

1 cup of raw almonds

1 cup of pitted dates

For the caramel layer, you will need:

1 cup of pitted dates

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1/4 - 1/2 cup of water

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer, you will need:

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1/4 cup of cacao powder

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

small pinch of salt

To start, line a square baking pan with parchment paper. Mix together the crust ingredients in a food processor until the mixture resembles a ball. Press the mixture into the base of the pan, and chill in the fridge.

While the crust is chilling, make the caramel mixture. To do so, add all of the ingredients into a food processor and mix until there is gooey caramel! The caramel should be sticky and not too thick. Add on top of the crust, and chill back in the fridge.

For the chocolate layer, mix everything together in a bowl, and you have your very own chocolate! Add the chocolate evenly over the caramel layer.

Chill everything for at least 12 hours, and once ready to serve cut into squares. I think this is a great dessert, but also a wonderful snack, protein bar, breakfast - really it could be anything. These squares are delicious and really do fool you into thinking there's refined sugar and other bad things.

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Twelve Days of Baking: Caramel Chocolate Brownies

Merry Christmas Eve! Today is a special day because there will be TWO baking posts! One is this post, and another will be coming this evening. The last day of baking will be tomorrow, Christmas Day! (And that's a good one!) Today's post is all about caramel chocolate brownies! They're easy, delicious, and oh so addictive!

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You will need:

12 ounces of chocolate (chips, squares, or anything you have)

1/4 cup of butter, softened

3/4 cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Caramel (homemade, store-bought or even a can of dulce de leche)

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Melt your chocolate on a double boiler. Mix your butter with the sugar, and add the rest of the ingredients aside from the chocolate and caramel together. Mix thoroughly. Add the chocolate in slowly, and once again, mix thoroughly.

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Pour your brownie batter into a square pan. IMG_4553

Add the caramel (I used homemade) and make swirls through the batter with it. IMG_4556IMG_4558

Pop them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until the centre is dry. Let them cool, cut into squares, and serve!

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These are highly addictive. I am eating one as typing up this post. Uber delicious, uber easy, and uber special with the caramel!

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