This Date Caramels is the healthiest homemade candy ever! They are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, no-cook, no-bake and made with only 4 Ingredients.
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A amazingly healthy recipe to make and share with family and friends or just enjoy by yourself. It is with 4 good for you ingredients and tastes like a chewy caramel with bits of crunchy nuts.
I have been making batches of these raw healthy snack to add to my cookie tray. It looks indulgent, tastes like a piece of caramel. but, it is so darn good for you.
What Type of Dates to Use?
These are two types of dates generally found in grocery stores - Soft, plump Medjool variety and drier, chewier Deglet Noor variety. We use 11 soft Medjool ones in this recipe. But, if you cannot find them, then use 25 Deglet Noor instead (remove pits).
Solid or Liquid Coconut Oil?
Use solid coconut oil! Your coconut oil will be solid during cold winter months. But, if you live in a warmer place or during hot summer months, make sure to refrigerate your oil for a few hours before using in the recipe.
Why is this step important? When the date and almond butter mixture is processed, the oils from the almond butter and coconut oil will seperate. Solid coconut oil will keep that to a minimum.
What if my dough is crumbly after processing? Transfer the processed dough into a bowl. Add 2 to 4 dates into the now empty processor along with 1 to 2 teaspoons almond butter and grind until it becomes a fine paste. Combine this mixture along with the dough and mix with rubber spatula, until thoroughly combined. Shape and chill.
- Dates - Use soft Medjool variety
- Almond butter - We used Barney's No stir creamy.
- Sliced Almonds - or use chopped whole nuts.
- Coconut oil - As mention earlier, solid is recommended.
How to Make?
- Grind - Add pitted dates, almond butter and coconut oil into the food processor. Grind until it begins to gather together and you will see oils beginning to seperate, This is the perfect texture. (Stop processor and scrape sides couple of times).
- Add nuts - Add sliced almonds and process for just 5 to 10 seconds, until almonds are incorporated. We don't want to break the almonds into smaller pieces, process until it just begins to mix in.
- Shape - Gather dough into a ball, roll between to pieces of parchment to form a square. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or until firm.
- Cut - Cut into small squares and wrap in pieces of parchment and store in refrigerator.
HOW TO STORE?
Store caramels in the refrigerator until eating. It is the perfect texture when cold. Room temperature will feel a little oily. Go ahead enjoy a good piece of homemade caramel and feel good!!!
More Recipes using Dates:
- Add dates, almond butter and coconut oil into a food processor. Process until it begins to gather together (scrape processor 2 times in between). You will notice that the oils beginning to seperate ---> perfect texture.
- Add sliced almonds and process for just about 5-10 seconds (scraping sides once in between) for the almonds to incorporate. We want most of the almonds to remain as is, since it adds lovely texture to the candy.
- Remove the blade and stir with a spoon to gather into one ball. Dump on a piece of parchment paper and place another parchment paper on top, roll gently to make a 5x5 inch square. Transfer onto a plate along with the parchment and refrigerate overnight or until firm. Important note - Try not using your hands when working at this step, since the warmth from your hands will extract more oils.
- Cut into 20 squares, wrap each into a piece of parchment paper, twist ends and refrigerate. Keep refrigerated until serving time.Alternatively, cut squares can be placed in any covered container in the refrigerator to snack anytime.
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