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I’m usually not a fan of healthy sweets — I’d rather have a small amount of real sugar, butter, and cream.
But sometimes, something comes along that changes that. And that’s this recipe. It’s made of only a few ingredients, comes together super fast and easy, and most importantly — it is delicious.
Dates are super sweet, and have a caramel like flavor, so they work well in smoothies
. But they’re also sticky so. they bind together really well for things like this. Tahini adds an element of earthiness and a nutty flavor that pairs nicely with the dates. And because they are so sweet, the best way to balance that out is with some coarse, crunchy sea salt
At the end, I added a roasted pecan half to each piece to add some crunch factor, but you can skip that if you want. Or try another type of nut. Or maybe some cacao nibs. Hmm. Maybe I’ll have to make these again.
Date and Tahini Salted Caramels
For a healthy sweet and salty treat, these bite sized caramels are the perfect choice. Chewy, caramel like dates and nutty tahini make the perfect pair.
- 1 cup pitted dates any variety
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Coarse sea salt
- Pecan halves optional
Put the dates, tahini, coconut oil, and vanilla in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Line a small sheet pan or loaf pan with parchment. Transfer the mixture to the pan and spread as evenly as you can.
Sprinkle with salt.
Freeze until firm. Remove the parchment, cut into squares, and top each with a pecan if using, pressing down to get it to stick.
Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.