Health is the Greatest Wealth: Raw Millionaires’ Shortbread

So for the second Clean Candy post I shall be telling you how to make Raw Millionaires’ Shortbread AKA Caramel Squares. This recipe is special to me in a weird way because it’s really the first recipe that I created that introduced me to the world of healthy treats. This recipe is a healthy alternative to caramel squares (one of my personal favourite treats from my childhood). I am obsessed with these and it has gotten the stamp of approval from my friends and family! 

 

This recipe was actually created on a whim and is now my go-to when I want to have a healthy treat! It is so easy and doesn’t take too long to make. I was pleasantly surprised at how much my family and friends loved these so if you are trying to encourage and show your friends and family how healthy eating can be fun definitely make them these.

You will need a blender for this, Nutribullets are great and worth buying. I got mine in Argos just over €100 which may sound expensive but I promise you it is money well spent. I guarantee you will become addicted to it! It’s so handy to use and wash, I use mine every single day…no joke.

I have tried and tested this recipe tons of times and I do prefer the cacao and hazelnut butter topping but it melts and hazelnut butter is very expensive and like gold dust these days so I will give you the cacao and coconut sugar topping recipe.

So without further ado here is the recipe.

Makes around 16 squares.

BISCUIT BASE:

100g Pecans
50g Hazelnuts
50g Walnuts
6 Medjool dates, pitted
3 tbsp Coconut oil, melted

Blitz all of these in a food processor/blender until everything is well blended together, forming a base. Place in a tray lined with parchment paper and use a glass or rolling pin to make sure it is spread evenly then put into the freezer for half an hour.

CARAMEL LAYER: 

2 tbsps Cashew butter
4 tbsps Water
1 tbsp Chia seeds
1 ½ cups Medjool dates, destined
4 tbsps Ground almonds
2 tbsps Coconut milk (the solid part only, “Thai Gold’s” organic thai coconut milk is good for this)
2 tbsps Coconut oil, melted
A dash of Vanilla extract (optional)

Whilst the base is in the freezer, blitz all of these ingredients together in your blender until it forms a really gooey, brown caramel like texture. This will blend pretty fast but just make sure it is well blended, if you can see some ingredients still in the mixture after blending it (I find the dates take longer than the rest to be mixed in) continue to blend until you no longer see them.

Take the base out of the freezer and place the caramel on top. Again, use a glass or rolling pin to ensure it is evenly spread and covers the entire base. Put it into the freezer and make the chocolate topping while you wait.

CHOCOLATE TOPPING:

4 tbsps Raw Cacao powder (I use Nua Naturals brand)
4 tbsps Coconut oil, melted
2-4 tbsps Coconut palm sugar (depending on the texture and sweetness you want)

Get a blender (I use a hand blender) and whisk all of the ingredients together until a liquid is formed (it looks like melted chocolate). Take the tray with your base and caramel layer out and pour the chocolate on top, making sure you leave no area uncovered.

 

Put into the freezer and you can take them out and devour anytime after 90 minutes. Personally I prefer to leave them overnight to get a really indulgent taste but it is entirely up to you.

 

So there you go! Delicious dairy, gluten, refined sugar, and syrup free caramel squares suitable for all types of diets including vegan and paleo.

Don’t forget to share your recreations using #HealthIsWealth and tag me in your pics!

INSTAGRAM: @neutralsandnutrition

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Tara

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