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Chocolate Caramel Chews

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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…

Chocolate Part

Make a batch of Chocolate Tweets and leave it cooling on the stove.

 

Caramel filling

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.)

Pop in the fridge for a bit while you organise the chocolate.ChocolateCaramelChewsflat

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.

gheesol

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!

Kristy x

 

 

White Choc Fruity Bites & FYI on Teeth Remineralisation & Phytic Acid

coconut, coconut butter, dates, prunes, healthy snack, dessert

So since I’ve been eating a little more along the Dr Ray Peat principles, read what that is here. I’ve found that drinking sweetened tea or coffee with honey and not rinsing between, has affected my teeth. A bit of sensitivity and lingering dull pain here and there.

Cut straight to the end – I’ve fixed it – however it started me looking into the remineralisation of teeth.

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MacDate Slice with Coconut Cream Icing

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I’ve given up on coconut flour – that’s firmly in the too hard basket – it requires incredible patience and nearly a chemistry degree – and I have neither! Well no patience with cooking anyway – with people, that’s another story. I posted a coconut flour recipe run down on facebook last week from people who are far better at it than me – see it here.

My forte is melt and mix slices because they work like 99% of time – easy, easy, easy – and that’s the way I like it!

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Carbs… holy moley!

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This week’s post is inspired by a friend of mine, who sent me a super healthy dessert suggestion – dates filled with almond butter and sprinkled with coconut. Yum for sure!

It reminded me again of all the people who are desperately trying to lose weight, choosing healthy foods over junk but still eating crap loads of carbs, not realising it may be holding them back and keeping them overweight. Despite their hard work, despite their efforts at trying to eat healthy, or portion control or calorie count or cut out fat or cut out sweets or do any of the hundreds of things people try, and try and try and it still doesn’t work, so they give up.

And it all just may be carbs.

I have written before about dates in particular because they seem to be in every healthy dessert recipe out there. 20 carbs per date people! That is the whole entire days worth of carbs for weight loss, in one mouthful! Say what? Yes indeedy. Already blown it. And you didn’t even know it!

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Recipes and why I need to tweak them.

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There are so many recipes out there, talk about overwhelm!!!

I have about ten recipe books and how many recipes do you think I have tried? Try none. No I lie, I think I have made about two things when I was on holidays and had time to study it, get all the ingredients, was in the mood, had the time to do it and most of the time while the end result was delicious, it took far too long to prepare and you polish it off in five minutes while the washing up takes another half an hour!

Just not practical in the time vs benefit equation.

Then in the attempt to be ‘different’ with recipes they include weird and wonderful ingredients where you have to buy the whole packet and use a teaspoon of it and waste the rest because nothing else you make has that in it. No wonder the 4 ingredient recipe books are such a hit. Continue reading