Oh my.. we are experiencing a little bit of a heat wave here at the moment. I'm really having to keep an eye on our veggie garden. The heat of the midday sun is hammering the greens. I've been giving them some water which seems to bring them back to life. It's weird though because the ground can be damp and they are still wilting. The moisture straight onto the leaves it obviously what they need.
I make these little chewy treats regularly and it wasn't until I made some for Court (my sons girlfriend) to take with her to Hong Kong and she commented.. "Oh Yum, those little caramels". I never thought of them like that but when she mentioned it it was obvious, they really are like caramel. So now I'd like to share this quick and simple recipe with you. It's a great one for kids and adults alike. No need to feel bad about eating them because they are all good! Once they are cold they are quite firm and chewy which means you won't be able to devour them in a hot second. Bonus!! This helps with portion control ;-)
Here's the recipe, the quantities are approximate but it will work out fine, just do a little taste test half way through and adjust sweetness or consistency. Don't worry too much if it seems a bit dry at first the oils and moisture will release from the dates and nuts and that's what makes it super fudgy and a luscious.
Healthy Caramel Chews
High speed blender or food processor
Silicone chocolate mold
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup walnuts
Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend at a medium speed until it resembles bread crumbs then increase the speed and keep blending until it starts to form a ball and all of the ingredients have completely incorporated each other. Once you get it to this warm fudgy stage press small chunks into the mold then level the top and place into the fridge or freezer until firm enough to remove without squashing them. They get quite firm once cold.
PS If they need to be gluten free ensure that you purchase gluten free certified oats.