It sounds crazy to hear sugar free caramels, after all caramel is essentially sugar, isn’t it? Instead of using sugar we took natures candy (fresh dates) and mixed them together with an all-natural almond nut butter to create a deliciously sweet caramel filling. Stuffed inside dark chocolate and you have a chocolate feast! The darker the chocolate the better it will be for you!
Sugar Free Chocolate Caramels
Vegan | Gluten Free | No added sugar
A natural date caramel (With no added sugars) is covered in dark chocolate to create these healthier chocolate caramel cups
Place liners on a baking tray / freezer proof plate
Remove the date pips and soak the dates in warm water. Set aside
Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or using a double boiler (place boiling water inside a pot, place a metal bowl on top of the pot. It should not touch the water. Place chocolate in the metal bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes until the chocolate is completely melted)
Using a teaspoon, scoop melted chocolate into the liners, tilt them so that the chocolate coats the sides fully). Put the plate/tray with the liners into the freezer and let the chocolate harden.
While the chocolate is hardening make the caramel paste. Remove the dates from the water and place them into a small bowl. Add the almond butter and vanilla extract. Using a fork, mash it all together until it forms a thick paste (you can blend it, but because it’s such a small amount we find it easier to use a fork. If you are doubling or tripling the recipe a blender would be easier).
Remove liners from the freezer and spoon about a teaspoon of the date caramel mixture into the centre. Cover the caramel with the remaining melted chocolate and freeze until firm.
These chocolate caramels are best kept in the freezer as the date caramel is very soft, however the chocolate should not melt at room temperature.
You can use chocolate silicon molds or even an ice cube tray if you don't have mini liners.
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. A Wits University graduate, she earned a Bcom (Hons) (Cum Laude) in Business Management. She’s a writer, runner and passionate about the 3 f’s – food, fashion and fitness. When she’s not inhaling the latest news, trends and ideas you can find her in the kitchen figuring out how to turn a broccoli head into a meal.