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

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Caramel Slices

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 



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


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


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


  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



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,  




53 thoughts on “No-Bake Caramel Slices (healthy…ish) | Vg, GF

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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..

  4. 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

  5. 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 //

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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 |

  13. 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

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