I think we all need a good treat from time to time. But eating something delicious and sweet does not necessarily have to unhealthy. I can tell you these are so fricking addicting and so incredibly good. Crunchy oat base, oey-goey creamy date coconut salt caramel layer, which is the best thing ever and you will want to top everything with it, and last but not least some crunchy chocolate on the top to give it the finishing touch. The combo = holy moly good.
So I love having some treats or sweets from time to time. Either as an afternoon pick me up or as a dessert after dinner or just somewhen in-between. If I do not have something healthy prepared I just long for cookies or chocolate or anything other sugar loaded. I think we all do that because most of the times we are craving something sweet we do not want to get in the kitchen and make something healthy that takes like 15 minutes when we can just grab some chocolate in 5 seconds. Thats why these bars are for making ahead and can be stored in the fridge and enjoyed anytime.
They may sound pretty fancy, and they are but they are super simple to make. 6 ingredients, 1 blender, 20 minutes (max). You can grab one with your coffee or pack it for work or school. When I make those, it is sooo hard for me not to eat them all at once. Always when I make them I have a few before I can even store them in the fridge because they are just too good. Portion control is just impossible with those, sorry not sorry. It is IMPOSSIBLE to just have a single one.
Those bars are, although they taste bombbb, pretty healthy. The layer at the very bottom is made out of oats, dates, and coconut oil. Oats are a great food because they are packed with vitamins, protein and fibre. They are not only great in your oatmeal but also in granola and bars. The coconut oil helps to bind it all together and the dates do so as well. This layer is full of crunch and tastes a bit fresh do to the coconut oil. It gives the base to a super good bar.
The next layer is the best of them all I think. It tastes like salted caramel, just better and it is much healthier. instead of cream, butter and sugar, we are only using dates and coconut milk. May sound a little bit off but it really is not! We blend the dates until they have a smooth and creamy consistency and are sticky. At this point the ´caramel´ is pretty thick, but we want it oey-goey (ok, I don’t know if this is a word but I´ll still use it) and smooth. Thats why we add it to a pot and add some coconut milk. I like to use light coconut milk because if using normal one, I believe the coconut flavour overpowers the caramel one. We bring it to a boil, add some sea salt and let it simmer and thicken a bit. It still is a bit runny, and we will add it on top of the oat base. so good.
Dates actually are a super healthy food. They contain big amounts of anti oxidants, no matter if fresh or dry. fresh dates actually are super good but it is really hard to find them, especially in Europe. Yes, dates do contain sugar but the fiber in the fruit helps to control the blood sugar levels, so you do not get that high peak and then feel really crapy after a while. Plus, dates can even help you to reduce your blood pressure because of their high magnesium content and help you with your memory because of their B vitamin content. As already said, they are pretty high in fiber with 10g per 100g, which is pretty much, and helps with digestion. All in all, they are a super food.
On top of the date caramel only goes some good molten chocolate. I like to use a healthy one here, preferably a dark one with a high cacao percentage or one from HuKitchen, because they just have the best chocolate ever! The chocolate on the top adds an extra crisp.
I honestly hope for you that you will make those because this is the best treat you could ever make. They (theoretically) last about 2-3 weeks in the fridge (but they’re gonna be gone in like 2 days, no joke). Enjoy them a lot!
Katie // Une Petite Cusiniere
Oey-Goey Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar
THE BEST treat you could ever make. Easy, crazily addicting, super delicious and healthy! Simple ingredients, just the best!
What you will need
That is what you will need:
- 100 g oats
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple
- 150 g dates
- a pinch of sea salt
- 100 ml low fat coconut milk
- 80 g dark chocolate the draker, the healthier
That is how it works:
Place the oats in a blender and blend until super fine, flour like consistency.
Remove the oats from the blender and blend them until smooth and thick. Transfer them into a pot and add the coconut milk and sea salt. Bring it to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes until thickend.
Take one tablespoon from the date mixture and add them to the finely grounded oats along with the coconut oil and maple sirup. Mix until sticky, if it still is crumbly add more of one of the three.
Line a square form with parchment paper. Add the oat mixture to it and press it flat. Add the date caramel on the top and place in the freezer while melting the chocolate in either the microwave or in a water bath. Once molten pour it as a final layer on top of the date caramel and keep in the freezer for at least half an hour.
Then take it out and cut it into 9 pieces. Store in the fridge or enjoy right away.