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Sweet treats

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I have a sweet tooth and I LOVE chocolates. I like to think that as long as I enjoy them in sensible amounts there is definitely still room for a few sweets in my diet.

I don't really mind the sweetness in my sweets, but I am concerned with all the nastiness that is added to most candies. Fillers, preservatives, colorings, artificial flavors, trans fat.. Yuck! I don't want that! This is why part of my challenge this week is simply not to have any processed snacks or candies.

I have found, with just a tiny bit of time and effort invested, it's really not that hard to make delicious treats without the added junk. So, tonight I am making dairy-free snickers.

I have just tested the caramel, and it's a tad on the solid side. I probably should have used more coconut milk. Chewy is fine, as long as they are still chewable. (oh please let them be!) The caramel covered nuts are cooling now, and I will sprinkle some chopped raw chocolate on top as soon as the temperature cools down further. It will (hopefully) melt and form a thick layer.

Here are the ingredients:

100 g organic coconut oil
2 dl organic sugar
1 heaped tablespoon organic honey
0.5 tsp mineral salt
1 dl coconut milk (Next time I will try 1.5 dl)

40 g mixed salted nuts (peanuts, macadamias, cashews and almonds)

100 g raw organic dark dairy-free chocolate.

Tomorrow my youngest niece is celebrating her first birthday, and I plan to bring some bars along. They smell amazing! I am just hoping they will turn out edible.. (as in not too hard)
Wish me luck!
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PS: Just as I was about to post this my little monkey woke up and wandered into our living room asking "Mum, what is it that smells so nice? The smell woke me up, and now I can't sleep.. It smells almost like.. coconut?"

Update: Eek! As I feared the caramel became super-chewy and closer to rock hard than I had wished for. It was impossible to cut bars, everything cracked and crumbled into pieces when I tried.. DELICIOUS pieces! If you are familiar with a daim bar, this turned out similarly, yet more chewy than crunchy. I guess this is what daim and snickers somewhat healthier lovechild would taste like?

Will I bring it to tomorrows party? Probably not.. Will we eat it all, every little piece and crumble, with intense delight? Yes!

Are there photos of this tasty wreck? Yes! By popular demand now there are. Surprise! I will admit, this is probably the first time I've ever photographed food I've made. I felt SO silly taking them, trying to find the best angle and light. Here's the best one:

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