Sweet but saintly caramel slice
Who doesn’t love a good caramel slice? Trouble is, the mass-produced slices you can buy in stores could contain unethical ingredients such as palm oil, or high levels of unhealthy trans fats and sugars. But you don’t need to go without! Instead, try this recipe from health and wellness coach Kirsten Scott. It’s not just a healthier option for you. It’s also kinder to the planet, using ethical ingredients that are environmentally and socially responsible.
“I’m a big fan of treats,” says Scott. “But I always make sure to take a healthful approach with more thought on choosing ethical and sustainable ingredients. Our food choices can change the world. We can change things and choose better products that will have a positive effect both socially and environmentally.
Healthy caramel slice
For the caramel slice base:
1 cup cashews soaked
½ cup desiccated coconut
4 tbsp niulife coconut oil*
Pinch of salt
For the caramel slice filling:
½ cup niulife coconut oil
⅓ cup Mayver’s tahini*
⅓ cup rice malt syrup
¼ cup coconut milk (canned)
¼ cup ghee
1 tsp 100% vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
For the caramel slice topping:
¼ cup niulife coconut oil
1 slab of Alter Eco 85% dark chocolate*
1. Line a 20 x 20 cm baking tray with baking paper. In a blender or food processor, place all of the base ingredients. Whiz until a smooth batter forms.
2. Transfer this to lined tin, spread out evenly, covering entire base. Place in the freezer.
3. On to the filling (don’t worry about rinsing your blender). Place all filling ingredients except for the rice malt syrup into the blender. Blend on medium speed until super smooth.
4. Now add the rice malt syrup and blend on a low speed until smooth. You don’t want the filling to heat as the rice malt syrup will separate.
5. Place filling on top of base, smoothing out. Place back in freezer, rinse the blender.
6. For the icing, melt one bar of chocolate with the coconut oil in a pot on low heat. Stir.
7. Spread icing on top of filling. Place in fridge for 30 minutes. Once set, slice and enjoy!
*A few notes on the products Scott uses:
1. niulife extra virgin coconut oil is 100% village-produced, Australian-owned and certified organic. It gives all profits back to the communities that make it.
2. Alter Eco organic chocolate bars are produced ethically and use ingredients grown using regenerative, organic farming practices.
3. Mayver’s is an Australian family company focusing on all-natural, wholesome spreads.