What do you eat while avoiding chocolate? And still want a bit of a sweet treat?
This was a big question when I told my hubby I’d give up chocolate for as long as he would give up coffee. Our two biggest vices – he can manage fine without chocolate but needs his morning cup of java and I have never had a single sip of coffee… but really like having a wee bit of chocolate a few times a week. Lately, it’s definitely been more than a wee bit. And I’m pretty sure he’s been having more than a cup of coffe a day himself.
The first 5 days sans chocolate went off without a hitch… but I’m only human. I can proudly say I did not resort to eating chocolate, but I thought maybe a caramel-y treat would satiate my sweet craving.
I popped one of these into my mouth and any memories of chocolate completed melted away as I uttered “Oh my god…” My hubby had a similar reaction =)
I used the caramel filling from my sea salt caramel chocolates.
Sea Salt Caramel Blondies
1 cup shredded coconut
1 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp coconut butter
6 dates (soaked in warm water for an hour or so – save the soaking water!)
1 vanilla bean (scrape the inside – or just use 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract)
1 tsp lacuma powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dump all of the ingredients in the food processor:
And mix it all up adding a tbsp of the date soaking water every now and again until the mixture sticks together and can stay well formed.
Scoop them out of the food processor with a tablespoon and form them into cute, little balls.
These taste best after letting them sit in the fridge for a bit… but I won’t blame you if you scoop it straight out of the work bowl and chow down ;p