If you’re looking for a simple to make, quick, and easy dessert these Paleo caramel squares offer the perfect solution. Just sweet enough to satisfy those cravings, with a delicious layer of salted caramel and a crunchy nut base.
Chocolate, salted caramel, and naturally sweet ground almonds – what’s not to love?! This delicious Paleo treat makes for the perfect, innocent, sweet snack.
I’ve always been more of a savoury person than sweet. Even before cleaning up my diet I’d reach for the cheese and crackers over chocolate any day! I do find though that when you limit or restrict something in any part of your life, you can’t help but crave it.
That’s why sweet, clean, Paleo treats such as these delicious cacao caramel crunch squares are so perfect. They satisfy any sweet cravings without undoing all the good work of a healthy diet. Plus they’re a brilliant way to introduce friends to the concept of eating a clean diet, to prove it’s not all lettuce leaves and broccoli.
Salted caramel is probably one of my favourite dessert additions. I use this combination to flavour popcorn and stir through ice cream. The contrast of salt and that sweet, sticky maple syrup just works beautifully. The crunchy nut base offers a whole heap of good fats and lets you be creative with various trail mix options.
Milk chocolate has long since become far too sickly and sugary for me. As my tastebuds have changed I now find myself actually preferring dark chocolate, so including a superfood such as cacao in dessert recipes gives me that chocolate fix without the grainy, sickly sweetness. Raw cacao differs from the common “Cocoa” you may have tried as a drink or dessert. Cacao (pronounced “cu-COW”) refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived, and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean. It’s the healthiest form of chocolate you can eat. Normal cocoa powder and chocolate are chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols, raw cacao retains these so you get all the chocolatey taste with a ton of super food benefits.
Recipes for sweet desserts that involve very little effort or baking also means they can be whipped up in an instant. These little squares freeze perfectly so you can easily make them in advance and store them until required. Just allow them to thaw a little in the fridge before serving.
Perfect for picnics and parties, these bite size beauties are sure to inspire your friends to try Paleo for themselves.
- 100g ground almonds
- 100g trail mix
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons nut butter
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Large pinch of salt
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Combine the almonds, trail mix and melted coconut oil in a bowl. Press into a shallow tin lined with baking paper and put in the freezer to set for 30 mins
- Warm the salted caramel ingredients gently in a pan, allow to cool a little and pour over the base layer. Return to the freezer to set for 30 mins
- Warm the chocolate layer ingredients gently in a pan, allow to cool a little and pour over the frozen caramel layer
- Return to the freezer to set for 30 mins
- Allow to thaw in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving