Healthy, Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramels {Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly}

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Ok friends, I’m just going to cut straight to the chase here because . . . honestly, I really only have one thing to share with you today . . .

Well that’s not true, I actually have a lot I could tell you.

Like, the fact that we are heading off on a very last minute, extremely unexpected, but very much needed, family vacation to our beloved Denver, Colorado.

We leave in just 8 days and I have sooooo much to do. Seriously SO MUCH!! My head . . . isΒ  spinning!

For one thing, I still can’t believe it’s actually happening (somebody pinch me, gently) add to that all the stuff I need to do and organize between now and then. You know, little things like digging out and washing our winter clothes. Dusting off suitcases. Cleaning out the fridge and pantry. Making sure we have all our toiletries in order, and plenty of snacks to eat on the way (20+ hours of travel all up, we gonna need some serious snackage), all that good stuff.

But, we also just discovered that my passport expired last month so, there’s that.

And then my iPhone died!

Well not completely but, close enough so yesterday was spent getting that updated and taken care of. Ugh, nerve wracking much?! Please tell me I’m not the only one who turns into an antsy, anxious, nervous wreck when it comes to updating/syncing/backing up these super smart electronic devices we’ve become so attached?! Stressed much!? I think YES!

See, so many things!!!!!!!

But, all kind of pales in comparison to this next thing I’m about share with you . . .

Are you ready . . .


You might want to sit down for this.

Or at least hold onto your hat here friend because there’s a good chance that this thing I’m about to share with you, may just blow your pretty little mind . . .

You see, I made you a little something . . .

A little something extra special because, well, you’re a little something extra special and I think you deserve a treat.

But not just any ol’ treat, only the best of the best for my sweet invisible internet BFF (psst, that’s you)

And this thing I’m about to share with you.

Really is the best of the best.

I’m talking no holds barred baby.

Are you ready?!

Ok, here we go . . .

Say hello to my deliciously simple, secretly healthy, salted dark chocolate peanut butter caramels.

I told you, you deserved the best didn’t I?!

And um, you guys . . . these deliciously simple, secretly healthy, salted dark chocolate peanut butter caramels, like you, really are THE BEST!

I’m sorry, I don’t mean to yell but . . . they really are that incredible!

I mean, did you hear me?!

Deliciously simple, secretly healthy, 4 ingredient, salted dark chocolate peanut butter caramels!

Glorious, golden, peanut butter infused, lightly salted caramel, encased in a cool, crisp, decadent and rich, deliciously indulgent dark chocolate coating.

They are pretty much edible awesomeness, personified.

I mean, chocolate, caramel, peanut butter . . .

Does it get any better?! (just add coffee obvs)

But, obvious coffee additions aside, “Surely it can’t possibly get any better, Em?! “ I hear you say, but I assure you, it does!

You see, when I say these salted dark chocolate peanut butter caramels are deliciously simple and secretly healthy I really, truly mean it!

These beauties are made with just 4 simple ingredients that I bet you have on hand already (dates – vanilla – nut butter – chocolate and a cheeky pinch of salt)

They come together in a matter of minutes!

And, they also happen to be naturally vegan – gluten free – dairy free – refined sugar free and paleo friendlyΒ  πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

But most importantly they are simply divine, a little bite of heaven right here on earth, and you need them in your life like, yesterday

Honestly, I’m not sure what else there is to say?!

I mean would you just look at them?!

All natural, quick and easy, deliciously simple, secretly healthy, peanut butter infused, salted dark chocolate covered caramels . . .

Seriously, go make them already!

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut butter Caramels
{Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly}

Makes approx 16 deliciously simple, secretly healthy, dark and delicious, chocolate coated, peanut butter infused salted caramels

Ingredients –

For the Peanut Butter Caramel –

1 cup (firmly packed) Medjool dates,pits removed – I used about 14 large dates*

1 teaspoon of vanilla (or 4-6 drops of vanilla cream stevia – I like to use Sweet Leaf Stevia )

3 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter (Paleo friends or those of you with peanut allergies feel free to sub nut/seed butter of choice)

A pinch of salt flakes + extra for serving (if using un-salted peanut butter you may want to add up to 1/2 a teaspoon but start with a pinch, taste and adjust once you’ve made your caramel)

For the chocolate coating –

1/2 cup dark chocolate – I love using this Chow Cacao –Β  organic (vegan) smooth dark chocolate

Method –

To make the peanut butter caramel –

1 – Place dates, vanilla, peanut butter and salt into your food processor or blender and process until it comes together to form a thick, sticky “dough”

2 – Add a splash of water (do this while your blender or food processor is running), 1 teaspoon at a time until the caramel loosens just slightly to form a deliciously smooth, gloriously golden, naturally sweet, peanut butter infused caramel. Set aside while you melt your chocolate.

3 – Melt your chocolate by your preferred method. I like to place my chocolate onto a small plate or bowl and sit it over a pot of gently simmering water, stirring occasionally until nice and melted.

4 – Use a teaspoon to drizzle some melted chocolate into a chocolate mold (or can use mini paper or silicone cupcake/muffin cases if you prefer) and spread to coat evenly. Don’t use all your chocolate, remember you want to save about 1/4 of it to spread on top once our chocolate cups are filled.

5 – Place your chocolate cups in the fridge or freezer to set.

6 – Once set – fill each chocolate cup with a heaping spoonful of your healthy, homemade peanut butter caramel, use the back of your spoon carefully smooth out the top and firmly but gently press the filling down into the chocolate cups as you go.

7 – Once all your cups are filled with our dreamy peanut butter caramel, top with a little extra chocolate then place them back into the fridge (or freezer) to set.

8 – To serve, sprinkle with a touch of flakey sea salt and enjoy.

FYI – These delicious little cups will keep well in the fridge for several weeks but can also be stored in the freezer for 3-6 months!

Enjoy xo

* If you find your dates are a little dry you could try soaking them in some warm water for 10 minutes before you begin, then drain and rinse and proceed with the recipe as normal.

Question of the day –

Are you a fellow date caramel lover? What’s your fave way to to eat it?! Straight up by the spoonful, with fruit, in smoothies, on chocolate?! Tell me . . . details please

Feel free to share recipes, or links to your fave recipes in the comments below or on the Facebook page and please for the love of all that is good in this world when you do make your chocolate coated caramel bites (or any of the recipes you find on this blog of mine) go ahead and snap a pic and share it either on the Facebook page, or tag me on twitter or Instagram. Sharing is caring remember.

Do it, do it You know you want to πŸ™‚


4 Comments on Healthy, Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramels {Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly}

  1. Melissa Griffiths
    November 9, 2017 at 2:19 am (4 months ago)

    Have a great time in Colorado! That’s not far from me – I love these mountains! These caramels look incredible. I love candy-making during the holiday season!

    • Emma
      November 9, 2017 at 8:01 am (4 months ago)

      Thank you so much Melissa, we absolutely adore Colorado! It has well and truly stolen our hearts!

      I love making candies, any time really but especially over the holidays too (there will be a few more treats shared here in the coming weeks πŸ˜‰ ) And these caramels . . . they really are incredible! I hope you’ll add them to your holiday candy-making list. I know you’ll love them as much as I do πŸ™‚

  2. Edwina | Induction Cook
    November 25, 2017 at 10:53 am (3 months ago)

    I was wondering how these could be healthy they look so amazingly decadent. Looking at the recipe I’m so impressed. I may need to do a lot of taste-testing on these myself. I know they’re going to be a treat for my kids if I leave any for them!

    • Emma
      November 26, 2017 at 4:37 am (3 months ago)

      Oh yay, so glad you like what you see so far and let me tell you, they taste better!!

      Can’t wait to hear how you like them. And, FYI – there will be extra peanut butter caramel , the recipes makes more than you need so melt some extra chocolate or taste test to your hearts content πŸ˜‰

      Enjoy πŸ™‚


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