It's pretty hard to track down a healthier version of chocolate caramel cups so we've come up with our own version instead. Luckily they're really easy to make and you only need a few ingredients.
We have such a weakness for chocolate so we love to hear of it's the health benefits! When talking about these benefits, the higher the cocoa percentage the better. We usually opt for 85-90% but if you're not a fan of the rich flavour, try starting at 50% or 70% and you'll soon grow to love it. Chocolate is packed full of antioxidants meaning it fights off free radicals and lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. It’s also a great source of caffeine and theobromine so this treat is a perfect pick me up! Dates make the most amazing caramel when blended and the sweet flavour is all natural with no processed sugar needed! What's even better is that dates are full of fibre which helps control blood sugar levels so they're a great addition to sweet treats.
- 100g dark chocolate (we use 85%)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 8 pitted dates
- 3 TBSP almond butter (or peanut butter)
- ½ vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
*Makes ~10 chocolate cups
- Soak the dates in boiling water for 10 minutes.
- Break the chocolate into pieces and melt with the coconut oil over a bain-marie.
- Using mini cupcake holders or chocolate moulds, spoon in a little of the melted chocolate. Make sure to brush the sides of the cases with some chocolate too. Then put them in the freezer.
- Drain the dates and blend them with the almond butter until you get a smooth paste.
- Stir the caramel with the vanilla extract and salt.
- Add roughly a teaspoon of the caramel filling to the chocolate cases and cover with the dark chocolate.
- You can add a pinch of salt flakes on top if you'd like.
- Place them in the fridge or freezer to set.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.