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3 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Caramels

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 Vegan Rolos

Sometimes only caramel will do, and at other times only chocolate caramels will do. Thank heavens for these 3 ingredient beauties. Not only are they 100% plant based, but contain only 3 ingredients and take no time to put together. I reckon I can make these quicker than Russ can drive to the supermarket and buy some Rolos! But why would you anyway – these chocolate caramel treats are uber healthy, natural and perfect for an afternoon accompaniment to a cuppa tea!

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Have you got dates? Have you got peanut butter? What about some dark chocolate? No, well you can make your own with coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder ūüėČ

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Do you have 10 minutes free today? Yep, well looks like you’ll be eating these too! Enjoy!

Vegan Rolos

3 ingredient vegan chocolate caramels

(makes 12-15 balls)

1 cup dates + pinch sea salt
1 heaping tablespoon smooth natural peanut butter
25 grams dark dairy free chocolate

Pulse/blend the dates + pb until smooth. Form 12-15 small caramel balls. Melt the chocolate. Coat the caramel balls with deliciously dark chocolate, remove with a toothpick + freeze for 15 minutes. Remove + devour. These can be stored in the fridge or freezer.

Gluten + Dairy Free ‘Snickers’ Pancakes

snickers pancakesDessert for breakfast is sometimes the only way forward. Chocolate. Peanuts. Caramel. Pancakes. I shouldn’t think it gets much better than this. Well not in pancake world anyhow! I wish I had more creativity at breakfast but I always stick to my oats and a thousand trillion toppings. It’s only when I have something like this that I tell myself – ‘eat more pancakes, you crazy person’. Everybody should be eating more pancakes….as long as they’re plant based and super good for you!snickers pancakes

So not only was I trying to jazz up my pancakes ‘Snickers’ style but was also trying to perfect my gluten and dairy free pancake and I tell you what, this was right on target. Utterly delicious actually. You know they’re a success when you literally cannot wait to make them again and eat the whole damn lot.¬†snickers pancakes

These Snickers pancakes have an ever so slightly sweet taste (I figured they didn’t need much sugar when they’re studded with chocolate + drowned in caramel sauce!), a nuttiness from the wholesome gluten free flour, creaminess from the almond milk and flax and they rose like a treat too! So happy with that.pancakes glorious pancakes

You gotta expect a slightly denser pancake when your using GF flour and no eggs and these were still much lighter than I envisaged. Let’s face it, who wants a pancake you could break into someone’s house with?¬†Not me and in taste terms these are¬†miles better than any white processed pancakes I’ve had in the past.¬†I’d always recommend using roasted nuts as the taste is way better and makes them super crunchy too. These Snickers Pancakes are really very delicious. I want them again, right now.¬†snickers pancakes + caramel sauce

Gluten + dairy free ‘Snickers’ pancakes

(serves 2)

1 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I used Dove’s Farm)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
1/4 cup dark dairy free chocolate chips
raw caramel sauce or shop bought

method:

1. Combine the first 4 dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile add the milk, apple cider vinegar, flax + vanilla extract to a jug + whisk thoroughly.
2. Add the wet mixture along with the coconut oil to the dry ingredients + mix thoroughly. Stir through half the peanuts + half the chocolate chips.
3. Grease a non stick pan with coconut oil + scoop 1/4 cup size amounts of the mixture onto the griddle pan. Allow to brown (about 2 minutes) on one side + flip for another 2 minutes. Transfer to a warm oven whilst cooking the remaining pancakes.
4. Top with the remaining peanuts + chocolate chips. Drizzle generously with caramel sauce + revel in all this snickers glory.

Chocolate, Banana + Peanut Chia Pudding (GF + Vegan)

chia puddingMy November resolutions are to eat more¬†chia¬†and to get stuck into this¬†chocolate, banana and nut fiasco at least once per week! What a combo this is and a great way to get a my chia nutritional fix. It’s not hard to stick to these resolutions at all.¬†Easy process - chia pudding

This chocolate, banana + peanut chia pudding is super simple and can be prepped the night before for a next day nutrient dense pick me up. The chia seeds just need to soak up the lovely liquid and you’re ready to go. I blend mine for a smooth mousse-like consistency but it’s equally delicious left as is for that chia tapioca vibe. Of course it doesn’t need caramel sauce but that’s besides the point, add it anyway cos it’s beyond delicious. Just in case you wanted to know, I devoured both of these and enjoyed every last scrap.2 chia puddings

I’m monkeys, I’m nuts, just full on head over heels for this chia pudding and for very good reason too. It’s more than an instant energising and transportable snack, much much more:

gluten + dairy free
rich in omega 3
iron rich
high protein
good source of fibre
high in potassium
low in sugar
breakfast or pudding

She ticks every box. Get some chia and get chia pudding-ing. Chia pudding + caramel sauce

Chocolate, banana + peanut chia pudding

(serves 2)

30 grams chia seed
1 cup almond milk
4 dates
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon maple syrup

peanuts
banana, sliced
puffed rice, granola
caramel sauce
anything your heart desires

Method:

1. Soak the chia seeds + dates in the almond milk for 1 hour or leave overnight. Add the soaked mixture to the blender with the remaining pudding ingredients + blend until smooth + mousse like.
2. Serve in a glass dish, layered with toppings of choice but my advice is bananas,  peanuts + caramel sauce. Enjoy this tonne of yumminess you just made.

The Ultimate Raw + Vegan Butterscotch Caramel Sauce

raw caramel vegan sauceEveryone has a new favourite thing, like a latest obsession and this is mine. I am obsessed, fixated, pretty much stalking this raw vegan butterscotch caramel sauce. It really isn’t that bad for you either, there’s no dairy, no soy, no gluten and no processed sugars but rather unadulterated beautiful dates. No butter but rather a smidgen of coconut oil, no cream but rather a small handful of creamy cashews. The world would be a much nicer place if we all ate this.raw caramel butterscotch sauce

This is nature’s answer to a caramel sauce. This is a whole food, raw and plant powered caramel butterscotch extravaganza.

Are dates not the most impressive food in nature? Nature’s fudge. Nature’s caramel. Nature’s butterscotch. An obsession.Easy as 1,2,3

I cannot help but eat this by the spoonful right out of the jar but you know what….you know how it tastes best, like mouth drooling crazy tasty……….there’s banana and peanuts involved. Bananas, peanuts and caramel sauce, the happy threesome. Now that is what I’m talking about. Somebody please remove this from my reach, addictive, that’s what this is.Banana. peanuts + caramel sauce

I put some on my chia pudding, it just seemed like the right thing to do. That was good.Caramel sauce on chia pudding

I put in on my oats too, everyday until it’s gone. Damn I put it on anything. I even eat it straight up.¬†Caramel sauce on oatmeal

Please make this. Everybody needs the ultimate raw and vegan caramel butterscotch sauce in their lives. Surely.Raw caramel butterscotch sauce

The ultimate raw + vegan butterscotch caramel sauce

1 cup dates
1/4 cup cashews
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Soak the dates + cashews in freshly boiled water + leave for 30 minutes. Add the soaked mix to a blender with the remaining ingredients + blend until smooth.
Store in the fridge for up to a week.