I have had this sweet, healthy snack before at a couple of healthy cafes and I was surprised, mostly on how similar it was to the actual thing. What was even more surprising to me was that making this delicious bar I discovered how to make vegan, sugar-free caramel. Indeed! It is now obvious that I have a thing with presentation, most of my food tastes great but looks awful, In this case they taste A M A Z I N G and look below average.
Ingredients from Alpha Mega
For the Nougat:
- 2/3 cup rolled oats processed into flour
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
For the Caramel:
- 1/2 cup melted coconut cream
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Peanuts:
- 2/3 cup Roasted Salted Peanuts
For the Chocolate:
- 300g vegan chocolate (I used Ombar from Alpha Mega but Green&Blacks would do)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Place the rolled oats into a food processor and process until mostly powdery. Add the coconut oil and maple syrup and sea salt and process together into a paste.
- Pour out into a parchment lined loaf pan and smooth down. Place into the freezer to set (10-15 minutes will do).
- Melt the coconut butter and then pour into a bowl and mix in the maple syrup and vanilla and stir to combine. It’s magically turned into caramel!
- Pour this out on top of the set nougat layer and smooth down. Then add the peanuts and gently press down with a spoon to press them into the caramel. Place into the freezer to set.
- When set, lift it all out with the parchment paper and cut into even bars.
- Melt the chocolate by breaking it into pieces and placing into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, bringing it out to stir every 30 seconds until completely melted. Stir in the coconut oil to thin the chocolate slightly.
- Dunk each bar into the chocolate, flipping over to coat both sides and then placing on a parchment lined baking tray. Repeat for all the bars. My chocolate was too thick and I had to place it as a layer on top of the bars. Place into the freezer to set.
- Keep the bars stored in the fridge or freezer.
Recipe taken and adapted from https://lovingitvegan.com/