Salted caramel biscuit bars

Salted caramel biscuit bars

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 15 mins plus setting

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makes 18

A healthier take on one of our favourite chocolate bars, these biscuits are packed with wholesome ingredients, and free from refined sugar and dairy

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal137
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g
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Ingredients

    For the biscuit base

    • 80g porridge oats
    • 20g ground almonds
    • 50ml maple syrup
      Maple syrup

      Maple syrup

      may-pul sir-rup

      The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

    • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

    For the caramel filling

    • 125g Medjool dates, pitted
    • 1 ½ tbsp smooth peanut butter or almond butter
    • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
    • ½ tbsp almond milk
    • generous pinch of salt

    For the topping

    • 150g dairy-free dark chocolate

    Method

    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a large baking tray with baking parchment.

    2. For the base, blitz the oats in a food processor until flour-like. Add the remaining ingredients and whizz until the mixture starts to clump together. Scrape into a bowl, then roll and cut into 18 equal-sized rectangular bars, about 9 x 2cm. Place on the prepared tray and use a small palette knife to neaten the tops and sides of each biscuit. Bake for about 10 mins until lightly golden at the edges, then leave to cool.

    3. Meanwhile, put all the caramel ingredients in the food processor (no need to rinse it first) and blitz until it forms smooth, shiny clumps. Using a spatula, push the mixture together, then roll into 18 even-sized balls using your hands.

    4. Once the biscuits are cool, squash the caramel onto them. Use your fingers to press it into shape and smooth out any bumps, especially around the edges (as they will show underneath the chocolate coating).

    5. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water – make sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl (otherwise, it might seize and go grainy). Carefully dip one of the caramel-coated biscuits in the chocolate, turning it gently with a small palette knife (use this to lift it out as well). Use a spoon to drizzle over more chocolate to coat it fully. Let the excess chocolate drip into the bowl, then carefully put the biscuit back on the lined tray.

    6. Repeat with the remaining biscuits, then chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins or until the chocolate has set. Put the biscuits in an airtight container and store in the fridge. Will keep for five days.

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    Amyvegan
    1st May, 2017
    2.55
    We followed the recipe exactly, and were surprised at how oily the date mixture was - the excess we squeezed out with our hands. The base didn't take that long to cool at all - we also added some flour to the mixture as it was quite liquidy. The end result was tasty, more fruity than caramel!
    majallen
    21st Jan, 2017
    I've started them but there is no way I can roll out the Base as it is liquid! I've checked and rechecked the amounuts and Iveg got them right.
    majallen
    24th Jan, 2017
    So I doubled up on the dry ingredients and got the right consistency. Pressed it in to a 7" square tin, baked it, topped with the 'caramel', cut in to 16 bars and dipped them in chocolate. Way less faff. Nice chocolate bar but not getting salted caramel.
    imelda
    7th Jan, 2017
    5.05
    Fiddly to make but not difficult. Very tasty.
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    guava
    22nd Mar, 2017
    5.05
    Really yummy! I recommend flattening the biscuit base into one large rectangle - using the back of a spoon means you can smooth it out without the base breaking up. Then cut the cooked base into individual pieces after covering it with the caramel mixture. A bit less fiddly!