Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Butter Caramel Bars

This incredible vegan almond butter caramel bars with a yummy, crunchy chocolate cookie base with walnuts in the middle. These bars are naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and dairy free. An awesome, guilt-free snack!!

Ingredients

For the cookie base:

1 ¼ cup packed super fine blanched almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

¼ cup raw cacao powder

3 tablespoons melted and cooled unrefined coconut oil

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (I used Trader Joes)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

For the almond butter layer or caramel layer:

  • 3/4 cup almond butter 
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

For the chocolate topping:

  • 3/4 cup chocolate bars (I used chocolate bars with 75 to 80% cacao.)
  • 1/2 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8″ x 8″ square pan with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium bowl add almond flour, cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix together with a fork until it forms a nice and thick crumb texture. Add to the pan and if needed, use your fingers to evenly press down mixture into the pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow the crust to cool for 10 minutes before adding caramel.
  3. Sprinkle the crust evenly with the walnuts.
  4. To make the almond butter caramel layer: In a small pot, add the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract and sea salt and place over low to medium heat for approximately 2 minutes until caramel starts to just slightly bubble, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and pour caramel over the walnuts and crust.
  5. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until the almond butter mixture is completely hardened. 
  6. After 30 minutes, make the chocolate layer: Melt chocolate squares and coconut oil either in a small pot on the stove using low heat or microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring constantly until chocolate is completely melted.
  7. Pour the chocolate over the caramel layer; tilt the pan side-to-side so the chocolate is evenly distributed. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour until chocolate is hardened and bars are completely cooled.
  8. Remove bars from the pan and cut into 16 bars (so they look like twix bars). Note: I cut the entire pan of bars in half, then cut those in half and so on so the bars are even.
  9. Bars should be kept covered in the fridge until ready to serve.

Let me know your thoughts below!

Enjoy!

Shaline

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Learn the lastest gluten free info…Spring Gluten-Free Expo

Have you been wanting to know more about living a gluten-free lifestyle? Here’s your chance! Register for the free online Spring Gluten Free Expo coming up in May. The expo is an excellent opportunity to ask the experts questions, attend the lectures, try new gluten-free products, and win some awesome door prizes! And of course, watching the cooking demonstrations!! See vendors like Enjoy Life, BFree, Lorraine’s Kitchen, and more.

I’ve been a blogger for the Nourished Festival aka Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo since 2018 and I love it!  I love meeting the exhibitors, learning the latest gluten free information, and sampling that most recent gluten free products! Yum!

Join us for the online Gluten Free Expo on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th.

To your health,

Shaline

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Calling all snackers!!

Hey everyone! I just discovered these healthy snacks while attending the virtual Gluten Free Expo by Nourished Festival.

They are dehydrated, antioxidant-packed nut clusters. They are made with whole food ingredients, organic real fruits, nourishing nuts and seeds, and health-boosting superfoods!

Supernola is a company that believes you shouldn’t have to compromise health or flavor when it comes to snacking. Supernola is an awesome snack to have on hand for that busy morning, mid-afternoon craving, post-gym refuel, or weekend adventure!

You might think that with all that “free” there’d be nothing leff. But they’ve stripped the extras and additives to get straight to the source: the really good stuff. They believe everyone should be able to enjoy healthy and flavorful snacks, no matter what their dietary needs are.

These Supernola snacks ontains no artificial flavors, no chemicals and nothing refined and best of all, they contain nothing that you can’t pronounce. Healthy never tasted better! 🙌

By the way, they are super yummy. So, are you ready to try Supernola?! Use code SUPERFREESHIP at checkout.

Hugs,

Shaline

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Win Goodies at the Online Gluten-Free Expo Tomorrow!

If you haven’t already, register for the Free Gluten-Free Expo. The expo is this weekend! I can’t wait! I look forward to their expos every year.

Join the expo and you’ll have an opportunity to win prizes, interact with exhibitors, and attend classes.

Their events are lots of fun and is an awesome opportunity to learn the latest in gluten-free news and health tips.

See you online!

Shaline

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