Healthy Raw Sticky Date Toffee
If you haven’t yet heard of Victoria Leith (cake maker to the stars and founder of the increasingly popular mommy blog Mama Baba Do) then this recipe for the most divine raw caramel toffee bars with NO refined white sugar is set to put her in everyone’s kitchens!
I have had the good fortune to sample Victoria’s cakes and raw caramel creations first-hand and whilst they taste amazing, Victoria, also a qualified teacher, has a hidden agenda.
The thing is with raw toffee is that instead of being made with masses of refined cream, butter and sugar, the main ingredient in this genius recipe is… Dates! Also known as ‘nature’s candy’ dates are a great source of soluble fibre and contain many significant minerals such as magnesium, potassium and iron, promote a healthy bowel and are hailed as the ‘ideal food’ by many top nutritionists.
Yes, they are high in natural sugars but these are a world apart from eating white refined sugar which bears little to no resemblance to its original plant. Dates are a whole food and this is why this recipe is SO satisfying! Not only will you and your family be eating a healthier treat, your body will benefit too from all those amazing vitamins and minerals.
Victoria has a recipe for us to make and enjoy with our children and she says ‘these incredible bars have been tried and tested on our eldest daughter who is currently 8 years of age, friends, family and even a few strangers!! Our daughter eats them regularly, without ill effect. When she is eating one of my raw toffee bars, all I can think is ‘Wow! She is eating those wholesome dates and they are full of iron and magnesium and other goodies!’
These raw toffee bars which when served straight from the freezer are amazingly like caramel toffee and akin to the Mars Bar although infinitely superior in every single way. They are also super easy to make and only require a few, natural ingredients.
Dates are the main ingredient and let me just say that whilst our daughter will not eat medjool dates, she will eat these bars like there’s no tomorrow. Well, she would if she could but we still encourage moderation, even when eating healthy sweet treats!
To help us give our kids (and ourselves!) healthier treats, Victoria has a very easy, fun recipe for us to try.
What’s Healthy About This Recipe?
- No processed sugars
- Dates are full of B Vitamins and easy to digest
- they also contain Copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin
- Dates can help your body to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats
- Eating dates in moderation can help protect against damage to cells from free radicals, helping preventing a stroke, coronary heart disease and the development of colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. (mercola)
- coconut oil has many health benefits such as helps the immune system due to it’s antibacterial qualities. It is also very beneficial to maintain a healthy heart. Coconut oil has also been shown to help with candida – a condition many people suffer with today.
- Sea salt contains vital minerals
- Raw honey has antiviral, anti fungal and anti bacterial properties. It is therefore excellent for the immune system.
Raw Toffee Bars
300g medjool dates (make sure you take the stones out!)
3 tbsp peanut butter (unsalted, no added sugar. You can substitute other nut butters if you are not a fan of or cannot consume peanuts)
2 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
5 drops caramel medicine flower
a pinch of sea salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
1. Process all the above ingredients in a food processor until they are all incorporated and you have a sticky mass.
3. Roll out until you get a rectangle (use your hands to help shape it too) about 1/2 cm thick.
4. Cut in half and put both halves in the freezer for 1 hour.
6. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (I put a pan with about 3 cms water and bring to the boil and melt the chocolate by placing it in a Pyrex bowl which sits on top of the saucepan. Make sure it is not floating in the water but sitting on top of the pan, firmly).
7. I add 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp nut butter to this mix plus 4 drops caramel medicine flower.
8. When this mixture is melted, take out the two halves of caramel toffee from the freezer.
9. You are going to start layering now! Spread chocolate over one layer of toffee and wait for a minute or so while it starts to set (the chocolate should start to react to the cold pretty much straight away and harden).
11. Take out of the freezer, flip upside down, and add another layer of chocolate to the toffee.
12. Set in the freezer, then slice. You can add any left-over chocolate around the edges to make a chocolate bar.