No-Bake Caramel Slices (healthy…ish) | Vg, GF

Hey everyone, this recipe is a little different. These caramel slices can be made a couple of ways, one looks better for the sake of presenting it. The other takes less time. I was trying to prep, set and take these photos in the same afternoon, so I’m just putting it out there, this is the ‘other’ way.  

The slices come in layers, the base is compiled of almonds, nut butter of choice and oat flour. They have a healthy caramel centre, which is mainly dates with a little syrup and a dash of vanilla. And some melted chocolate on the top because everything else was just too healthy.  

As long as you have a blender, these slices could not be easier to make, but they do take an eternity to set (again, this is why you’re seeing ‘other’). 

caramel slices

To make them with perfect presentation, you need to allow some time to set each layer before adding the next, which means an hour or so in the freezer before each layer. Alternatively, your layers can look slightly less put together and you can have it constructed within 15 minutes. Once they’re put together, they take approximately 4 hours to set fully in the freezer. Attempt to cut slices before that, and they’ll be a gooey mess.  

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and soy free (depending on your chocolate choices) and can be made nut free if necessary.  

Serves: 8 Slices 

Ingredients 

Base:  

  • ¾ cup nut butter (or nut free wow butter) 
  • ¼ cup GF oats (add additional ¼ cup if nut free) 
  • ¼ almonds 

Caramel: 

  • 100g pitted dates
  • 2 tsp maca powder (optional, I know some people hate the taste) 
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 
  • ½ cup water 

Chocolate: 

  • 100g dark chocolate  
  • 2tbsp coconut oil (optional, but it makes the chocolate easier to slice when it’s set) 

Method 

  1. Line a baking dish with greaseproof paper. 
  2. Add the oats and almonds to a blender with a milling blade. The oats will become flour sooner than the almonds. Stop blending when the oats are a flour but the almonds still have a little texture. In a bowl mix the flours with the peanut butter and stir until fully combined. When it’s ready the mixture should be really thick and difficult to stir. Using a spoon, spatula, whatever you have on hand, spread the mixture evenly over the base of the baking dish. If you’re going for perfect, place the dish in the freezer for an hour. 
  3. Add all of the caramel ingredients to a blender, adding the water ¼ cup at a time. How much you need will vary depending on the moisture in the dates. The ideal texture is a thick paste but still stir-able. Then spread the caramel over the base layer. Again, place in freezer for another hour if you want perfectly even layers.  
  4. Melt the chocolate. Remove the chocolate from the heat/ microwave when it is about ¾ melted. The heat if the bowl will be enough to melt the rest without making it too hot that it melts the other layers. Then spread the final layer.  
  5. Place dish in the freezer for 4 hours minimum before serving.  

caramel slice

 

Enjoy!  

Which way would you make them? Are the perfect layers worth the extra time? Let me know if you make them ang tag me using the hashtag #glowsteadyeats. 

Until next time,  

Sophie   

 

 


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  1. Ellie
    8th April 2018 / 9:38 am

    I love a quick easy recipe and I love caramel too although my braces wouldn’t thank me!

  2. 8th April 2018 / 9:56 am

    These look so yummy. I can’t wait to try them out

  3. 8th April 2018 / 10:33 am

    This looks delicious! Would definitely have with a cup of tea or a quick snack if I’m busy!
    Ellie x

  4. Lisa Dimaline
    8th April 2018 / 10:48 am

    Ooh these look delicious Sophie I’m all for simple recipes as I’m not a very good cook ‍

    Thanks for sharing

    Lisa
    https://TVAddict2017.blog

  5. 8th April 2018 / 11:22 am

    Hi, Sophie! I’m a huge fan of no bake pastries cos I can’t afford to buy an oven yet. Definitely trying this one soon. Awesome post!! Xx

  6. 8th April 2018 / 11:32 am

    You had me at chocolate and caramel. I am going to try this!

  7. 8th April 2018 / 12:02 pm

    These look gorgeous, I love that you put coconut oil in the chocolate as well – I’ve never tried that before! Thanks again for another amazing recipe, Sophie!

  8. 8th April 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Well these look amazing, nothing better than a quick recipe and chocolate with caramel? Yes please! The perfect layers may make it look a tad better but I think I’d be too eager to finish so I could eat them!!xx

  9. 8th April 2018 / 1:03 pm

    I would definitely use the quicker method – I would want to eat them as soon as possible! I love anything with caramel in as well, so I know I wouldn’t be able to resist for long..

  10. 8th April 2018 / 1:39 pm

    They look delicious – it’s making me hungry looking at the pictures! I’d personally make them without nuts though, so it’s great that you’ve said you can make them nut free too. Your recipes are always so easy to read and follow!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  11. 8th April 2018 / 2:06 pm

    Not going to lie, I’m really not one that cares about presentation as long as food is yummy! I’d mix it all together and spoon it into my mouth if it meant I could eat it quicker hahaha. Caramel is one of my absolute favourite things and my boyfriend is a sucker for nut butter so this is definitely something we’ll be making on one of our baking days! Loving this recipe.
    Alice Xx

  12. 8th April 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Millionaires shortbread is one of my favourite sweet treats! These sound amazing and a way healthier option! Will keep this recipe in mind next time I need some yummy healthy snacks!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  13. 8th April 2018 / 2:36 pm

    I’m not big on presentation when it comes to baking for myself so I would probably go for the quicker process too.

  14. 8th April 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Oh em geeee this is perfection! It looks so delicious! Your recipes are always amazing Sophie I love reading them and getting some inspiration xx

  15. Zara Anne Borrelli
    8th April 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Oh wow I would definitely eat this! Looks so nice, a great sweet treat xx

    Itsallzara.co.uk

  16. 8th April 2018 / 3:46 pm

    Oh these look totally drool worthy! If I had the ingredients, I would actually have attempted these today, though maybe the quick method, I have little patience waiting for things to set!

    Katt | http://www.kattwolf.uk

  17. 8th April 2018 / 7:25 pm

    These do look so tempting Sophie! I love how good you are at making vegan/free-from options! ☺️ Xx

  18. 8th April 2018 / 7:33 pm

    These look delicious! I need to try these. Especially since I can’t eat dairy.

  19. 8th April 2018 / 7:53 pm

    These look so yummy and I love that they’re so easy to make! I can’t wait to try them!

  20. 8th April 2018 / 8:00 pm

    Oh my god I want these right now! They look incredible xx

  21. 8th April 2018 / 8:00 pm

    They look so yummy! Waiting for the day virtual reality develops to the extent where we can grab food through our phones and gobbles them up.

  22. 8th April 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Looks so good! I think it would be perfect for when friends come round for dinner or a cup of tea 🙂 I think I would do the longer version for guests and the quick version for myself and family haha

    Perrine
    http://www.ola-banana.com

  23. 8th April 2018 / 8:12 pm

    These look delicious and easy to make! You’re so creative with all of your recipe ideas! ☺️

  24. 8th April 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Love how the caramel slices are easy to make, vegan, and gluten-free! Love how it is layered up with all of the nutty and caramel goodness!

    exquisitely.me

  25. 8th April 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I know that you keep saying that this is the “other”, non-photogenic way, but honestly I think these look absolutely amazing! They have a real beautifully homemade vibe to them, and I saw them on Twitter earlier and wondered whether you were going to upload the recipe!
    Jas xx

  26. Lea
    8th April 2018 / 8:21 pm

    OMG they sound delicious! You always have some really good recipes on here. I’d love to try them out next time I wanna “bake” something.
    Lea, xx

  27. 8th April 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Oh my word these look so delicious!! Wow wow wow! I am seriously craving some sweet food at the minute and these sound quite easy for me!

  28. 8th April 2018 / 8:22 pm

    ooooooh yummy! I love an easy quick recipe, defo gonna give this one a go 🙂

  29. 8th April 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Yum! I love no bake recipes! They’re quick and easy and perfect for any last minute morning/afternoon teas! Can’t wait to try this caramel slice recipe out!

  30. 8th April 2018 / 8:53 pm

    These look incredible! I’ve just discovered our blender in the back of one of our cupboards so will deffo be giving these a go! I love baking and I’ve never made anything like this before!

    Love Laura x

  31. 8th April 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Caramel shortcake is my favourite cake & was gutted that I had to give it up since going Vegan. This looks amazing, I just hope mines turn out as nice looking ha.

  32. 8th April 2018 / 11:27 pm

    These look so great! Going to have to make some

  33. 9th April 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Mmm these look delicious! It’s such an easy to follow recipe and I love that they’re gluten free, I’ll need to share the recipe with my sister!
    Zara.

  34. 9th April 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Oh, my goodness! These look amazing!

    No gonna lie, I’d definitely do it the shorter way. No patience! 😉

  35. 9th April 2018 / 5:15 pm

    These look absolutely delicious!! and GF which is amazing too will be sharing this recipe with my mum.

    Emma x
    emmarollason.com

  36. Ayse
    9th April 2018 / 5:18 pm

    These slices look incredible and guessing they’ve tasted amazing too! I love reading your recipes and bookmarking them for future use!

    Ayse Merve Demir.

  37. 9th April 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Your no bake recipes are my favorite ❤️ This one looks so good, I might have to try it sometime

  38. 9th April 2018 / 5:48 pm

    I love no bake recipes and these look absolutely delicious! This is a recipe I will be trying!

    Abigail-xo

  39. 9th April 2018 / 6:09 pm

    The date caramel is genius! Caramel shortbread is my favourite , even better when a little less bad for you 🙂
    Rosie

  40. 9th April 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Oh wow, Sophie, these look absolutely delicious. Alan and Flora both love Millionaire’s Shortbread and the fact that these are no bake too is just perfect. I’ve bookmarked your recipe to try out in the near future. Ideally we’ll go with the frozen layers but who knows if we could wait that long! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  41. 9th April 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Looks satisfying! I would definitely try these sometime in the future! Here for the vegan recipes!
    KeepingupwithMJ.com

  42. 9th April 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Ergh these look mouth wateringly good! I’m going to need to try this recipe asap!

    whatevawears.co.uk

  43. 11th April 2018 / 3:16 am

    Wow the title had my mouth watering! These no bake slices look amazing! I would totally devour these in one sitting!!

    Kelly
    http://thiswayandthatway.com

  44. 11th April 2018 / 7:51 am

    Ooooh Caramel slice is my absolute favourite treat and these look delicious!! You’re killing it with all your recipes Sophie! xx

  45. Huda
    11th April 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I will definitely be making these soon as I’m really looking for some easy ways to make healthy recipes and these look pretty simple! I think the extra layer is definitely worth the time! xx

  46. 22nd April 2018 / 9:24 pm

    I am such a sucker for caramel! I love everything with caramel! cookies first! but this no bake slice looks fantastic!

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