Cocoa Caramel Bars - Healthier Holiday Indulgence Without the Guilt (Recipe Included)
Finally, Christmas desserts I can feel good about eating. Review of Christmas Dessert Freedom Cookbook.
I have had my hands on the e-cookbook "Christmas Dessert Freedom" by Leanne Vogel from Healthful Pursuit for a few months now and I have to admit I was secretly longing for the holidays to give these recipes a whirl. Hey, I am only human and when I saw the recipes for Tiramisu (yes, you read that right, Tiramisu!), Gingersnaps, Peppermint Bark, Rum Balls, Pecan Pie Bars and the Cocoa Caramel Bars amongst other things, my inner kid and baker suddenly had visions of an afternoon filled with holiday baking and Michael Buble crooning Christmas carols in the background. But wait, I forgot to tell you WHY I was so excited over Leanne's beautifully organized cookbook with the easy to follow recipes and the festive, gorgeous, huge photos of each dessert (I am a sucker for a good cookbook with a picture for each recipe, every cookbook should be produced this way!). Christmas Dessert Freedom included a variety of recipes that ranged between dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, peanut-free and vegan. Yep, you read that right, allergy free recipes, GUILT FREE holiday treats!
I have whipped a few different recipes from the Christmas Dessert Freedom Cookbook in the last few weeks, each dessert has turned out a tasty treat with visual appeal and rave reviews (and requests for more) from my taste testers, aka my family and friends. Best of all, since these recipes are right inline with my dietary lifestyle choices I had every ingredient required in the pantry, making it not only easy to prepare but I felt good about making and serving these healthier sweet treats. Not to worry if your pantry isn't stocked with extra virgin coconut oil, hemp hearts, tahini, or coconut nectar the beauty of these recipes is the ingredients are easily found in your local supermarket or health food store.
This week I discovered the Cocoa Caramel Bars.....can you say yummy, chocolaty, caramel goodness...caramel and chocolate are just made for each other! The allure here is this caramel contains no refined sugars or dairy! The picture in the cookbook kept calling out to me, the recipe was easy to prepare (it does require a 12 hour chill time, though) but the result was so worth it. The result, these ooey, gooey, little bars of decadent awesomeness that would stand up to any traditional bar. I loved these so much I had to ask Leanne if I could share the recipe with you and she graciously agreed, so read on!! These oh so delicious bars will definitely make a wonderful dessert to take to friend's house, office party, cookie exchange or an impressive addition to any holiday table! Best part people will have no idea they are indulging with a healthier treat! Hope you love them as much as I do!
Give the gift of dairy-free caramel this season with a batch of these super-indulgent dessert bars.
Chocolate, caramel...you can't go wrong!
Cocoa Caramel Bars
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