It’s Healthy Recipe Time!

Back when I lived in Scotland I used to buy this amazing chocolate bar that went perfect with a cuppa. It was called a caramel wafer. It was chewy, chocolaty and tasted divine.

For those who have had the privilege of eating one of these amazing chewy chocolate bars, you’ll know just how morish they are.

You’ll have experienced that excitement as you unwrap the delicate biscuit from its gold, red and white casing and take your first bite. The chewy caramel wafer, for a tiny moment, tastes like the best thing you’ve ever eaten.

I no that’s a big claim, but trust me, there that good.

The caramel wafer is a true Scottish icon so you can imagine my delight when I discovered them here in my local woolies a few years back. Granted they were ridiculously overpriced due to the import costs, but I didn’t care.

Buying them meant a chance to experience that moment of heaven again and be temporarily transported back to the motherland. It was also a chance to introduce my boys to how good they were, hell I even bought a packet for my partner Brad to try when we started dating.

That’s how much I love caramel wafers.

Unfortunately since discovering the evilness of refined sugar and then finding out gluten hates me, caramel wafers have become a bit of a forbidden fruit. Something I could eat as a treat, but only if I’m willing to pay the price and put up with bloating and cramping for the next 48 hours. FML.

I love creating healthy treats but find they are either gooey, creamy or crunchy, never chewy. That was until today. (Well technically Saturday as that’s when I created this recipe but you get my point.)
I’d like to introduce the chewy, chocolate slice that will blow your mind. Or at the very least make your stomach happy and your taste buds throw a mini party. Yay!

Chewy Chocolate Slice

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pitted Dates (approx. 12)
  • 1 cup of puffed Rice *
  • 3/4 Cup of Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Meal
  • 1/4 Cup of Desiccated Coconut
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa
  • 2 tbsp Rice Malt Syrup **
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • A pinch of Salt

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients, with the exception of the rice, in a high-speed blender till well blended and the consistency of your choice. I personally like mine with the dates fully blended and some small bits of nuts unprocessed. (approx. 30 – 40 seconds on high-speed)
  2. Add the cup of puffed rice and mix on a low to medium speed for approx. 15 seconds to break the rice up a little and mix through. You don’t want to mix it too much or the rice will break up and lose its chewiness.
  3. Place the mixture in a freezer safe baking tray lined with baking paper. I use one 8x3 which makes the mixture about an inch thick.
  4. Place in the freezer for 2 hours and then remove and slice, I cut mine in to 10 bits.
  5. Eat directly from the freezer.
  6. The slice can be stored in sealed container in the freezer for up to one month (if it lasts that long)

Notes:

*I use natural puffed rice which you can find in the health food section of most supermarkets, however you can use the manufactured cereal equivalent, but be aware this will up the sugar and add preservatives to the mix
**you can use honey, rice malt syrup or maple syrup to sweeten the mix. I like to use rice malt syrup to keep the fructose level down but choose the sweetener that you prefer.

I really love this slice.

In fact it’s even kid and teenager approved, which is huge thing considering my teenager hates dates and I’m pretty sure that both my boys would give their left leg for me to buy them manufactured crap to eat instead of making them guinea pigs in my transition to healthy living.

Ah the joys of being a mother!

One day I’m sure they will thank me for making them healthy, right now though, I think they’ll settle for me giving them another slice of this 🙂

I hope you love this chewy slice as much as me and my boys, remember to share the recipe with using the buttons below.

As always I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and if you have any favourite sweet treat you would like me to try to turn healthy, let me know and I’ll start experimenting!
Until next time.

Love & Gratitude,

naomi elizabeth confidence builder

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