Vegan Peanut, Caramel & Chocolate Slices

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    The idea behind this dessert I owe fully to Michaela Pavlikova, who posted a picture over at my Facebook page. The picture was for a dessert called Caramel Slices. This was the first I had ever heard of this dessert, which I now am completely addicted to. After a quick Google search, I found that this delicious treat has several names. Caramel slice, caramel bites, caramel squares, etc. It consists of a shortbread crust, firm caramel center, and a chocolate topping. I decided to make it a peanut version, but if you are not the biggest fan of the taste you can substitute the peanut butter for either almond, cashew or coconut butter.

    Obviously, I wanted to make this in a healthy manner as well as it being vegan and gluten-free. The recipe Michaela linked me to was raw vegan, but it contained oil, sugar and syrup, which is a complete no-no for me. It was however surprisingly easy to modify it, in order to make it healthy. I was not too obsessive about making this fully raw vegan but it can very easily be done so, as long as you buy certified raw ingredients.

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    Ingredients
    Cashew “Shortbread” Crust
    Caramel layer
    Chocolate layer
    Servings
    slices
    Ingredients
    Cashew “Shortbread” Crust
    Caramel layer
    Chocolate layer
    Vegan Peanut, Caramel & Chocolate Slices
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    Rating: 5
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    Instructions
    1. Place all the ingredients for the crust except for the water in a food processor and process until you have a crumbly dough. If necessary, gradually add in the water to reach desired consistency. It should be able to hold together when pinched between your fingers. Line a rectangular baking dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap before firmly pressing down the dough using your palms.
    2. Blend all of the caramel ingredients together util you have a creamy paste and spread this over base using a spatula. Place this in the freezer while preparing the final layer.
    3. While the caramel layer is setting properly we are going to make the chocolate layer. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until you have a creamy paste. It will not be anything like regular melted chocolate and it should be easily pressed between your fingers without it sticking. Press this into a flat rectangular shape and place on top of the caramel layer. Press it firmly down on all the sides. Using a pastry brush, add a thin layer of water on top. If desired, add the chopped peanuts on top of the chocolate layer and press it down so that it sticks properly. Place this back in the freezer overnight before taking it out, removing it from the pan and slice into squares. Serve immediately and store any left-overs in the freezer.
    Recipe Notes

    I used a rather small baking pan which made these slices more like squares, but if you want them flatter you can simply use a larger baking dish.

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