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PEANUT CARAMEL SLICE

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Do you love to eat a sweet treat after dinner? something small yet decadent and delicious? This vegan peanut caramel slice is simple to make and quite healthy because it’s created mostly from nuts and dates. I don’t usually ramp up my recipes, but this one’s a winner if in your previous sweet days you were fans of Snickers or Mars bars.

For the slice to be successful, you need to make it in a food processor, then it’s just a matter of processing two layers, pouring over some melted chocolate and waiting for the freezer to do its magic.

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Health benefits:

·       Peanuts are as popular as they are healthy. They're an excellent plant-based source of protein and high in various vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds. They can be useful as a part of a weight loss diet and may reduce your risk of both heart disease and gallstones.

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PEANUT CARAMEL SLICE

V, DF, GF

Makes a 23cm x 23cm (9 inch) cake tin or similar rectangle tray

 

For the base:

250g (2 cups) unsalted peanuts

1 cup (12) medjool dates, pitted

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

pinch sea salt

For the caramel layer:

1 cup (12) medjool dates, pitted

6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

½ cup water

1 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

2 tablespoons maple syrup

For the chocolate topping:

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 cup dark vegan chocolate

!/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped

Place peanuts in the food processor and pulse for 10 seconds. Add the rest of the base ingredients into the food processor and pulse for a minute. Pour the mixture into a lined baking tray and press down with your fingers. Place the tray in the freezer while preparing the caramel. Place all the caramel layer ingredients into the food processor and process until smooth and creamy, pour over the base layer and smooth with a spatula. Place in the freezer. To make the chocolate layer, place the coconut oil into a saucepan to melt on low heat, add the dark chocolate and melt until smooth. Pour over the caramel layer and spread over the top with a spatula. Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the chocolate layer. Freeze for 4 hours, cut into squares and store in a container in the freezer. Serve from the freezer and eat immediately and enjoy!