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Monday, February 9, 2015

Recipe: Salted Caramel Raw Bites

Healthy Salted Caramel Raw Bites Recipe - Healthy, Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free Bliss Balls

I'm a big fan of healthy balance. I love fresh fruits and veggies and think the whole 2 and 5 rule is impossible to follow because I probably eat double that amount - but I also love chocolate and ice cream and will never say no to a piece of cake... well.... unless it's full of gluten - but that's not exactly my choice, being a coeliac!

But whilst I'll happily eat chocolate and sweets and icecream, I also love natural sweet treats - and these Three Ingredient Salted Caramel Raw Bites are one of my favourites.

Sugar Free Salted Caramel Raw Bites Recipe - Healthy, Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free Bliss Balls

In the SIL house, they've become known as Healthy Candy or Nature's Candy and that's exactly what they are.

Sweet and caramel-y and absolutely delicious - but totally healthy too. With no added sugar (only the natural sugars from the dates) they're a sweet treat that you can enjoy on a daily basis and they're so simple to whip up!

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Raw Bites Recipe - Healthy, Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free Bliss Balls

Best of all? They're perfectly portable and freezer friendly so that you can make them up in a big batch, freeze them and pop them into lunchboxes or handbags for a perfect on-the-go snack or sweet treat!

But let me share the recipe with you! >> 
Vegan Salted Caramel Raw Bites Recipe - Healthy, Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free Bliss Balls

Healthy Salted Caramel Raw Bites makes ~20 bite sized treats!
gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, no-bake, dairy free, egg free, freezer friendly

1 cup (170g) fresh medjool dates or dried dates*
1 cup (140g) cashews** see notes for substitutions
2 tsp vanilla extract 
Optional but recommended: a pinch of sea salt!

Process all of your ingredients in a food processor until combined, adding a splash of water if needed to bring the mix together.
Roll into balls and place onto a clean plate or baking tray/container. 
Enjoy at room temperature, chill in the fridge (our preferred way of eating these!) or freeze for a quick snack whenever you need them!
The bites will keep in the fridge for up to a month or keep for months in the freezer. When freezing, simply take the bites you want to eat out of the freezer and leave for 5-10 minutes to warm slightly before eating (if you can wait that long!) 

*I prefer fresh medjool dates, however, they can get expensive so I've tested it with dried dates and they work perfectly!
**If you don't have or like cashews, feel free to use 1 cup of any nut or seed of your choice. We love using peanuts for peanut caramel bites and many of our nut-free friends love making this recipe with sunflower or pumpkin/pepita seeds.

But tell me, what are some of your favourite healthy sweet treats?
I love raw bites and I'm currently obsessed with what we've been calling "protein nice-cream" - frozen fruit blended with cottage cheese or greek yogurt for a sweet, creamy, protein filled treat (and we often add in peanut flour for an extra protein packed snack!) 


  1. 4 ingredients?! And you picked one of my most favorite flavors--salted caramel. Girl after my own heart, I swear. Ha! The idea of the cashews reminds me: have you tried the new Silk Cashewmilk? It's AMAZING. I like it even better than almondmilk.

  2. No I haven't but I WISH we had Silk Milks here as they have so many awesome varieties!

  3. I can't get over how simple these are to make. They look so if you spent hours in the kitchen making. I'll be adding these into my cooking rotation.

  4. You can never go wrong with salted caramel and raw bliss balls. Definitely a win, and so simple:)

  5. Beautiful bites of all the good things!

  6. Salted caramel is my favoriteso I must try these soon!

  7. They are so simple and so delicious, you'll have to let me know what you think! xx

  8. That's right! Salted caramel is always a winner in my books!

  9. Do you know the calories & nutrient content? What is the individual serving size?

    1. Hey there! I don't have the calorie count, however, you can use an app like My Fitness Pal to find out the exact nutritional info. We usually make around 20 bites with this recipe and the serving size is how many you want to eat ;)


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