Today’s recipe is so easy and authentic tasting that you have to try it.
I know I say that about many of my creations, but between the short time investment of less than five minutes to make, that there are just three ingredients used, and how good they taste, you just have to give these a whirl.
Raw Vegan Caramels (Gluten/Soy/Nut Free) – Make in 5 minutes with 3 ingredients
1/2 c Pine Nuts (Raw if you prefer, or Roasted. Pine Nuts are seeds and not actually nuts. Edited to add: every time I re-post this recipe, I get many emails asking if you “have to use pine nuts because they are expensive.” You are using one half cup which is probably not more than $3 dollars worth, max. I highly recommend using pine nuts but if you want to substitute cashews, that would be my second choice. Almonds or other nuts will alter the flavor and you won’t have a raw vegan “caramel”. You’ll still have something good, just not a caramel. It’s only a few bucks and I suggets just “splurging” on pine nuts)
1/2 c Medjool Dates (pitted & loosely packed), about 8 average-sized dates
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Grind the nuts to a fine powder. Add the dates, vanilla, and blend until the mixture combines. Flatten, chill, slice and serve. Caramels will keep for weeks at either room temperature or in the refrigerator. Optionally, fill with nut butter and make caramel-nut butter ‘sandwich cookies’.
Instructions & Directions
Grind the Pine Nuts. I used a scant 1/2 c
Then, add the Pitted and Loosely Packed Medjools & Vanilla Extract to the Ground Pine Nuts. For me, this was 8 thumb-sized medjools. I wish I had used my food scale because I realize there is massive variance, but just aim for a loosely packed 1/2 c of dates.
But Don’t Over Grind. The high oil content of the pine nuts can cause them to separate and get funky. I was trying to be mindful of this and could have probably blended the nuts for an additional 15 seconds but I erred on the side of not over grinding and the taste is perfect despite some chunkiness in the finished caramels
Remove the Caramel “Dough” and Flatten it onto a Cutting Board.
Tip: Use parchment paper or plastic wrap to save yourself some sticky dishes later.
For a Quantity/Size Frame of Reference, I put my Hand Next to the Caramel Dough. We’re not talking a huge amount here. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like to make boat loads of one recipe because I am fickle and like to keep changing things up and prefer smaller batches so I get to nibble on a variety of foods!
Put the flattened caramel “dough” into the Fridge for a few hours
Remove it from the Fridge and Cut it Into Bite-Sized Pieces! You’re Done!
Make Nut Butter-Filled Caramel Sandwich Bites! Who Needs an Oreo Double Stuff when you have these laying around?!
But First, I had to Decide Which Nut Butter To Fill the Caramels With, and It was a Tough Call…
Sunflower Seed Butter?
In the end, I decided to use plain jane Peanut Butter but trust me, it was a hard call as you can imagine!
Smear the Nut Butter
Fold in Half
Cut into The Appropriate Sizes That You Enjoy!
You could make these as large or small as you like. Or use cookie-cutter shapes to cut them out in pretty hearts, stars, etc.!
Store them in the Fridge or Freezer, or on the countertop if the nut butter or filling does not need to be kept refrigerated. I like them slightly chilled and because of the high oil content in the pine nuts, even in the freezer, they don’t freeze solid. Rather just very chewy which is how I love them and the vanilla flavor that is infused in them is really divine!
Optional Tips and Tweaks:
Add Cinnamon, Hazelnut/Coffee/Orange/Etc. Extract to the Caramel “Dough” Mixture to Create any variety of Flavored Caramels
Add 1 Tbsp Cocoa or Carob Powder to the Caramel “Dough” Mixture to Create Chocolate Caramels
To Make high Raw Vegan Caramel Sauce
Use the Caramel “Dough” Mixture and Add Enough Liquid such as coconut milk or coconut water, or a nut milk such as almond milk, and Blend.
Thin out the mixture to your liking and you’ve just created high Raw Vegan Caramel Sauce! I bet Raw Vegan Caramel Sauce would be the perfect touch to my
Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
The Raw Vegan Apple Crumble “Juice” is Cinnamon & Vanilla Extract infused Agave. I love it
Do you like caramels?