For quite some time, I have been working on a gluten and refined sugar free and vegan caramel slice, among other yummy things, and recently, I have perfected the art. Even if I do say so myself. Although to be fair, every time I try have a full piece, it mysteriously goes missing. And when I go back to the remaining batch, there does not seem to be any remaining. Must be good then, right? Here's hoping I get a slice next time!
For the Base:
- Gluten Free Rice Crumb (I use Orgran brand)
- Coconut Oil
- Margarine or Nuttlex
- Gluten Free Shortbread (I am sure you do not necessarily need these, but I like the texture of half biscuit, half crumb and thus keep it in. Again, I use the Orgran brand - vegan shortbread hearts.)
For the Caramel
- Maple Syrup
- Natural Peanut Butter (I use Mayvers)
- Rice Malt Syrup
For the Chocolate
Here, you can make your own chocolate with cacao powder etc, but I have found that melting a block gives it a milkier taste. I use Moo Free Vegan chocolate - only the best brand ever. Seriously, if you are vegan or allergy inclined, get on it!! > http://www.moofreechocolates.com/
Note, I am not giving measurements as it varies every time and of course, will change according to how big a batch you make. I normally make up to 7 or 8 slices at a time, so if you want the amounts for this, just let me know :)
- Preheat your oven to approx 150 degrees
- Crush the shortbread biscuits into a bowl and mix in crumb - do this half/half
- Melt margarine and coconut oil respectively, and add both to the mix. Stir well until combined.
- Spray your oven proof tin and pour in the mix - press down with the back of the spoon to flatten it into a "base."
- Cook for approx 15 minutes.
- Mix rice malt syrup, peanut butter and maple syrup in a bowl.
- Break chocolate into small pieces in another bowl.
- Once you have taken the base out of the oven, cover with the caramel mix before placing in the freezer for up to an hour. It does not have to be in there that long, I simply find it less messy to work with once it has had to time to set.
- Melt chocolate and pour over the top - freeze for up to 30 mins.
- Hide from your family or you will never get to try it.
Tag me in your creations, @natalieshaw_xo, and enjoy!