Sea Salt Caramel Blondies

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

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I have shared this recipe with some of my fav bloghops: Healthy Vegan Fridays, Raw Food Thursdays & Gluten Free  Fridays.

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26 thoughts on “Sea Salt Caramel Blondies

  1. Oh my goodness these look incredibly delicious!
    Question: how awesome is lacuma powder? Does it taste amazing or do you use it mainly for the nutritional benefits? I like adding things like maca but it’s not delicious so I only use a smidge. Thanks!

    1. Lacuma powder is PURE awesome =D It tastes pretty good… I mean, not on it’s own. You can’t stick a spoon in some and eat it straight (like almond butter haha), but it makes me think of the opposite of cacao powder. Instead of a chocolatey flavour – it gives off a wonderful caramel flavour. It is full of anti-oxidants and cartene too! It’s a super food for sure. I can now handle maca better as I painstakingly made myself like it, and I usually rotate between the two depending on what kind of flavour I like. Sometimes I hide maca in cacao powder ;p
      Thanks Sarina!

        1. It is not cheap, but a little goes a long way (much in the same as buying a vanilla bean or something). Have you tried Fiddleheads? You can get it in the bulk spice section and that way you can get a little bit to try.

  2. LOVE that maple syrup is your sweetener and that these are raw too! (I don’t know if you know about it but when I have a raw recipe I also link it up at Gluten-Free Cat’s Raw Food Thursdays link party, if you wanted more exposure!). I am totally in love with caramel and sea salt together – add in chocolate and I’m a happy puppy ;).

    1. Hi Anna! I am totally in love with maple syrup – it is my go-to sweetener =)
      I have been linking up at Heather’s Gluten free Thursday bloghop, my recipe should be there too.
      Thanks!

  3. This blondie would like a blondie. haha :) These look great! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  4. Oh wow, Kimmy, those sound so good! I’m not sure I could be trusted with them in my house right now, though… 😉 Good for you guys on giving up coffee and chocolate, though! I did it for awhile and it was HARD. I should do it again, but I’m starting with eating more veggies. Baby steps, right?

    Also, where do you get lacuma powder? And do you put it in for flavor, or does it play a role in helping the blondies hold together? I’ve never heard of it; fill me in!

    1. Ha.. they went pretty fast here actually ;p They were gonzo within a few short days.
      Chocolate was tough the first several days, but now that’s it’s been over a week, it’s not so bad.
      Yes – I need to take on your challenge of adding more veggies. After reading your post, I started thinking about my veggie intake and I really could be eating more for sure.

      Ooh lacuma powder is awesome! It’s a super food high in anti-oxidants and carotenes. I get mine at Whole Foods, but you should be able to find it at any health food store. It lends to the caramel-y flavour and is used as a natural sweetener.
      Thanks Lee!

    1. I give up chocolate every once in awhile, it reminds me that it’s a sometimes food… not an every day occurrence haha. The longest I’ve gone without it so far is 6 weeks. I don’t plan on going that long this time as my birthday is just around the corner ;p
      Thanks Gabby!

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