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Layered Caramel Chocolate Slice (Raw and Free From: Gluten and Grains, Dairy, and Refined Sugar)

Layered Caramel Nougat Chocolate Slice


  • Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 small servings
  • Category: Slices
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Layers of gooey caramel, chocolate, and crunchy peanuts make this delicious raw vegan dessert bar somewhat reminiscent of a Snickers, minus the dairy and refined sugar!


Ingredients

Base Layer:

Cashew Cream Layer:

Nuts:

  • 3 tbsp raw cashew pieces (or roasted peanuts)

Caramel Layer:

  • ½ cup soft dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 2 tbsp of caramel mixture above
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Toppings:

  • cacao nibs, extra nuts (I used peanuts)

Instructions

  1. Process all crust ingredients in a food processor into a sticky finely crumbled mixture. Transfer into a parchment-lined small tupperware container (I used one that’s 4.5″x4.5″) or anything of a similar size. Press down into an even flat crust. Freeze while working on the next step.
  2. Make sure all further ingredients are at room temperature. Blend all cashew cream layer ingredients in a power blender until smooth. Transfer this mixture into the prepared pan over the crust and smooth out. Freeze for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Blend all caramel layer ingredients into a smooth consistency in a power blender. Remove the pan from the freezer. Sprinkle the 3 tbsp nuts over the cashew cream layer. Leave about 2 tbsp of the caramel mixture in the blender, and spoon the rest evenly over the nuts in the pan. Freeze for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add all chocolate ganache ingredients to the 2 tbsp caramel layer already in the blender and blend until smooth. Spoon this mixture over the caramel layer in the pan. Smooth out the top.
  5. Sprinkle with desired toppings and then freeze for 5-6 hours or overnight to set. Remove from pan, trim edges, cut into slices and enjoy! Keep frozen until serving time, or thaw out lightly a few minutes first (this one gets messy to slice if too thawed out, so I recommend slicing and plating while frozen). Keep any leftovers frozen. Enjoy!
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