By the time you read this I will be in the wilds of Iceland, just spellbound by my surroundings and marveling how great it is to be alive.
Leading up to the trip, I’d been trying a few new slices and fudges, but I either managed to eat it all before taking a picture, or misplaced the recipe.
Just a little distracted by the impending adventure no doubt!
So in the meantime, here is one delicious chewy bite, where I managed to keep it all together.
The right amount of sugar carefully balanced with nutrients is back in my diet, so there is none better than medjool dates to deliver a sugar hit packed with nutrients.
While I’ve tried the raw brownies before, made with dates and cacao powder, I was never impressed with the gooey texture when it was supposed to be chewy. Just because it’s healthier, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste or texture.
So in this recipe, there is an extra step to make those dates super chewy and taste divine.
Recipe adapted from My Heart Beets.
Chocolate Caramel Chews
What’s in it…
Make a batch of Chocolate Tweets and leave it cooling on the stove.
10 medjool dates
1 TBS grass fed ghee
¼ tsp fine Himalayan rock salt
How to do it…
Chop dates. Sauté in a non-stick frying pan with ghee and salt for approx 5 min on medium heat. The dates should break down a little.
Take off heat and allow to cool a bit as it gets super hot.
In between some parchment paper, spread the date mix out and fold the paper on top. Press flat with your hands and the bottom of a glass. (Or rolling pin if you like.)
On a tray with another sheet of parchment paper, pour half the chocolate.
Pop in the fridge for 5 minutes.
Pull out of the fridge both the semi set chocolate and flat date centre. Peel off the paper and put the slab of dates on top of the semi set chocolate, then pour the rest of the chocolate on top.
Back in the fridge for 2 or more hours
When set, cut into squares or press out shapes with stainless cookie cutters.
Notes – you could use butter instead of the ghee, however have you tried ghee before? Someone described it as butterier than butter and that’s pretty accurate. It’s amazeballs. (Put it in the chocolate too if you have it!)
This is the one I use.
So I tried a different method with the caramel too, in that I whizzed the dates in the food processor before I cooked them, I thought that would remove the occasional woody bits in the dates that are a bit hard to chew. But it completely destroyed the structure and whatever it is in the dates that made them chewy – so forget that experiment, it made the recipe worse not better.
You can also make them thicker than I did however, they do get a bit tougher to chew, so be mindful if cooking for little kiddies.
Can’t wait to make them again when I’m back.
As they say in Iceland – þar til næst!