I know, I am a little late to the “raw food” party but that is the way it goes with me. Some things take a little convincing, or a taste 🙂 I really only became interested in sweets that are not baked after creating this Raw Lemon Slice recently. To be honest baking is not my forte and I don’t love it. To come up with some great family snack recipes that are not only healthy, but also super quick AND require no cooking is like a little blessing to me! I have no idea why I have not been trying to get all our meals to be raw! The thing that I love most about my two recent raw recipes is how very quick they are to prepare – give the ingredients a quick blitz in a food processor and you have a fabulously tasty treat. What is not to love??
This recipe came about in my usual style – by pulling things from the pantry to see what I could combine. The figs are from one of my dad’s trees and macadamias are usually on hand somewhere in my “Nut Container”. The lovely creamy, buttery flavor of this nut pairs wonderfully with the caramel tones of the fig and dates.
The only draw back that I have discovered for this recipe is that my big boy can not take it to school in his lunch box due to the school “no nut” policy. This does have an upside though…when these caramels are on offer there is exceptional behavior and manners after school in the hope to earn a slice! Make yourself a cup of tea and get in quick as they will disappear before you know it.
These caramels are gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free. They are so quick to make – ready to place in the fridge in less than 10 min and ready shortly after.
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- ½ cup dried figs
- ⅓ cup Rice Malt Syrup
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon ground
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- pinch salt
- Add the ingredients to a food processor and combine well until the mixture forms a ball, or well combine mass
- Scoop the mixture out onto a chopping board or the bench lined with baking paper
- Cover with another piece of baking paper and use a spatula, or a rolling pin to smooth/roll the mixture out into a rectangle about 2 cm thick, or desired thickness.
- Place into the fridge to set once achieve the suitable thickness
- When set, slice into squares and sprinkle with cocoa powder to serve
- Keep separated by baking paper or the pieces will stick together
Do you have special after school snacks for the kids? Have you discovered raw food snacks yet, or am I last to the party??
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