Thank goodness for Raw Cashew Caramel

October 25th, 2012 · Lisa · gluten-free, Recipes, Snacks, Sweet, vegan mofo · Comments

I’ll be serving up awesome dishes from the menu of my imaginary vegan B&B all month long.

Listen my loves, you deserve the best.

You deserve to come home to a warm cup of apple cider, a pile of deliciously, juicy novels  and a lovely chocolate covered caramel on your pillow.

I know some people are delighted by the sparkles of diamonds, or the glistening of gold, for me it is the sheen of a perfectly tempered truffle. If the inside is a gooey caramel, I may need a few minutes to myself to recover my composure.

If you check a calendar you’ll find that Canadian Thanksgiving passed a few weeks ago and the American holiday is still weeks away – but if you could pretend for a second that we were all sitting together at a big table, grasping each others hands and you turned to me and asked “what are you thankful for”, I would have to respond “cashew caramels”. Because I think you’re pretty fantastic, I’ve decided that you deserve a taste of what has my heart all a flutter.

Hopefully when you bite into the one waiting for you on your pillow, you’ll have to agree, these caramels are worth your gratitude.

I can’t imagine much I’d prefer to find in a tiny gold box perched on my pillow.

Raw Chocolate Covered Cashew Caramel

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cacao paste, chopped finely
  • 1 cup cacao butter, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup date paste*
  • 1 cup cashew butter (made from 2 cups raw cashews in the food processor)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Melt the cacao paste and cacao butter together in a medium bowl using a dehydrator or a double boiler.
  2. Once melted add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Return to the heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour evenly into a chilled chocolate mold. Allow to sit for 30 seconds and then pour off the excess chocolate (leaving just a thin layer lining the mold).
  4. Chill for 10 minutes.
  5. Combine the date paste, cashew butter, vanilla extract and salt in the food processor. Blend until well mixed.
  6. Fill each chocolate lined mold with the date mixture. Add a thin coating of chocolate to the top of each mold. Chill in the freezer for 1-hour. Remove the chocolates from the mold and enjoy.
  7. Store in the freezer.
  8. Makes 25-30 small chocolate caramels.
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*Date paste – I make date paste by soaking pitted dates until they are soft in warm water. Draining the water and adding the dates to a food processor. I blend the dates into a thick paste, adding water only as required and just 1 TBSP at a time.

You could easily make the chocolate for these treats by melting down chocolate chips or a chocolate bar that you have on hand. There is no need to temper raw chocolate to enjoy this deliciousness.

I hope you have a moment today that makes you feel loved and appreciated – even if it requires you to place a piece of chocolate on your pillow yourself. xo

p.s. For yesterday’s muffins I drizzled some of this cashew caramel on top for an extra special morning experience. It was awesome.

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  • http://wayfaringchocolate.com Hannah

    Magical lego-head harem pillow wonderment! Oh how my first spoonful of this cashew caramel made my heart skip a beat. Incredible.

    • http://twitter.com/theveganlisa Lisa P

      Thank you for your taste testing expertise – we took these treats to that sweet spot of perfection.

  • http://twitter.com/Cadryskitchen Cadry’s Kitchen

    Oh, I would so love to find one of these on my pillow! I can’t imagine a sweeter sleep. If I melted chocolate chips or a chocolate bar instead of making raw chocolate, would I still add the maple syrup or vanilla?

    • http://twitter.com/theveganlisa Lisa P

      No need to sweeten the chocolate chips or bars – the cacao paste has nothing added so it is quite bitter. I was thinking that these would be great for an advent calendar – I would look forward to having one a day.

      • http://twitter.com/Cadryskitchen Cadry’s Kitchen

        An advent calendar! What a good idea!

  • KitteeBeeBerns

    These look amazing, and the mold you chose is just perfect. I love to eat raw stuffed chocolates!

    • http://twitter.com/theveganlisa Lisa P

      I’m with you, raw stuffed chocolates makes for a happy Lisa.

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