Just One Bite of this Vegan Chocolate Caramel Bar Will Make You Feel Divine

Vegan Chocolate Caramel Bar
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Golden gooey caramel is encased in rich layers of dark chocolate, combining to create the perfect dessert. With only five ingredients, this dairy-free vegan chocolate caramel bar couldn’t be any easier to make!

This chocolate recipe uses our vegan caramel sauce for its sweet and chewy center. The key ingredient in vegan caramel is Medjool dates. Medjool dates are not only naturally sweet but also have the perfect gooey texture for making caramel.

Chocolate Caramel Bar Nutrition

Medjool dates are also an ingredient you won’t feel guilty about eating. Medjool dates are an excellent source of many minerals and vitamins. Particularly, they are rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin K, vitamin A, and zinc. Dates are also a great source of fiber which will help sustain you and prevent blood sugar levels from rising.

The dark chocolate in this recipe is also healthy, especially…

This Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is So Good It Stops Time (Almost!)

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There is nothing better than pulling a warm tray of cookies out of the oven – with the exception, maybe, of pulling one giant warm cookie out of the oven. This skillet cookie is not only a delicious new way to get your cookie on, it’s also a gluten-free and Paleo-friendly treat that’s made with seriously wholesome ingredients.

With just a handful of pantry staples (like dark chocolate, duh) and roughly thirty minutes, this big warm cookie is all yours. All of it!

Buying the Ingredients

Traditional chocolate chip cookies are made with white flour, loads of white and brown sugar, and butter. Although as soul soothing as those cookies may be (especially if made by your grandma), there’s a more nutritious way to make them.

This skillet cookie is made with almond flour, maple syrup, nut butter, coconut oil, and dark chocolate – all very delicious (and healthy) ingredients.

Almond flour is made by blanched and finely ground almonds and is a rich source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamin E. As opposed to almond meal, almond flour has a finer and less gritty consistency. Make sure to use the latter in this recipe.

Maple syrup is a deliciously sweet alternative to white sugar. In small amounts, maple syrup does contain nutrients such as iron, calcium, and zinc. Look for a 100 percent pure organic maple syrup, without any added coloring or sugars. Maple syrup impostors such as those often labeled as “pancake syrup” are made with mostly high fructose corn sup and artificial flavorings and are not what you should be baking with — or pouring on pancakes.

The nut butter in this recipe is a creamy and nutritious way to reap healthy fats and a soft cookie texture. Any sort of creamy nut butter will do in this skillet cookie recipe including almond, peanut, sunflower, and cashew butter.

Using a bar of high quality dark chocolate, at least 70 percent cacao solids or higher, provides hearty chocolate chunks and a heavenly flavor to this skillet cookie. Unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate contains more of the beneficial nutrients (including antioxidants to support…

Jessica Sepel’s Guilt-Free Hot Cross Bun Recipe

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We don’t know about you, but we can’t go without a hot cross bun (or five) when Easter rolls around. But this year, instead of turning to bakeries, grocery stores and supermarkets for your fix, why not whip up a batch of Jessica Sepel’s healthy-ish hot cross buns? They’re made with almond meal, coconut flour and a few other good-for-you ingredients like cinnamon and dark chocolate, so you can indulge guilt-free. Serve them with coconut butter, or if you’re a true chocoholic, with an organic chocolate hazelnut spread.

Easter is a season filled with yummy family meals and treats! In fact, the holiday is practically dedicated to baskets filled with chocolatey, sugary indulgences. If you are health conscious, there’s no need to deprive yourself during this time. Enjoy these divine hot cross buns instead. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free with a hint of spice and zesty citrus. Plus, they’ve got the most amazing dark chocolate finishing touch—enjoy! says Jessica Sepel.

Healthy Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Makes: 8

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