Chocolate Wheels with Nutty Caramel
The other day I got a real craving for something sweet after dinner, and that does not happen a lot. I’m not a sweet tooth! I raided my kitchen cupboards for ingredients, but didn’t really know what to make. I only knew if had to be something with chocolate and caramel.
I had dates. Dates = caramel! Check. I had nuts, and I had chocolate. Check, check.
I whipped up something in a hurry, that turned out to be one of the best treats me and my husband had eaten in a very long time. I almost didn’t get the chance to take any pictures before they were all gone …
Behold – nutty caramelly chocolatey discs that will blow you away. They are easy to make too! And you can freeze them and have easy access to kind of healthy treats anytime!
Tips: I have just made this version, but these can easily be made with several variations. If you have any other tips than these, please let me know:
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract in the filling
- 1 tbsp strong coffee in the filling, and dipped in melted mocca flavoured chocolate
- 1-2 tbsp Madeira (the liquour) in the filling, and 1 tsp plum jam on top of each disc before freezing them and dipping them into melted chocolate
- 3 tbsp shredded coconut in the filling, and sprinkled on top of the chocolate dipped discs
- Any other desired extract/flavours in the filling, maybe hazelnut or almond extract will be great?
Ingredients for about 15 wheels, depending on size:
- 100 grams walnuts
- 100 grams raw cashews
- 200 grams juicy dates
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 drops Stevia English Toffee (if you have it on hand, just skip it if you don’t)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, preferably neutral in taste
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 400 grams dark vegan chocolate for dipping (or vegan “milk” chocolate if you want)
This is how you do it:
Add the nuts to a food processor. Process them into a coarse meal. Add 2/3 of the dates (remember to remove the pit), together with the vanilla, Stevia, coconut oil and cocoa powder. Process until a smooth and slightly sticky dough. Add the rest of the dates a couple at a time if the dough is too dry. You should be able to form a firm ball without it
Place a piece of parchment paper on a table and spread the dough out on it in a layer about as thick as your little finger. Find a circle shaped ring/glass in the size you want your chocolate wheels to be, and use it to cut out discs from the dough. If they are too soft to keep together, place the flattened dough in the freezer for 15-30 minutes or so. Then it should be no problem to cut and lift the circles out.
Place the wheels onto a large plate, lined with parchemt paper. Let them freeze for half an hour so they are completely hard and ice cold then dipped into chocolate. This will make the dipping easier, and the chocolate layer will be thicker and harden much faster.
Sprinkle with desired topping if you want, and place them in the fridge until hardened. Keep them in the fridge or freezer until serving.