Salted caramel and popcorn slices

I’m such a sucker for a sweet snack after lunch and I’d much rather satisfy my cravings with something that’s natural and nutritious than something pumped full of sugar and artificial flavourings. Usually every fortnight or so I’ll make up a big batch of some kind of sweet treat and stick them in a big box in the freezer. Right now I have a couple of slices of banana bread, some of my raspberry slices and a whole load of these so I can have a bit of variety!

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I just grab something out of my box in the morning most days unless I’m working out in the afternoon (then I’ll have a protein shake instead) and then by the time I’ve had lunch it’s ready to eat, or I heat it for a couple of seconds in the microwave at work if it’s not quite thawed through. The ideal guilt free sweet snack!

Salted caramel and popcorn slices

Makes 8 slices

Ingredients

Biscuit layer:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Dash almond milk

Caramel layer:

  • 1 cup pitted dates, soaked overnight or for a couple of hours at least
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Popcorn (optional)

  • 1 tbsp popcorn kernels
  • Oil

Method

  1. Either use a silicone 1l loaf tin or line a metal one
  2. Add the oats into a food processor and mix until it has a course flour texture
  3. Add in the ground almonds, honey and a splash of almond milk. Mix to combine, adding enough almond milk so that the mixture sticks together and is a very thick dough texture
  4. Press the mixture into the loaf tin in an even layer
  5. Squeeze the excess liquid out from the dates, reserving for later
  6. Add the ingredients for the caramel layer into a food processor and blend. If it’s a little too thick then add in a splash of the soaking liquid to loosen it slightly, although not too much as it may end up too runny
  7. Pour over the biscuit layer and spread evenly
  8. Add the oil into a saucepan with a lid and put in the popcorn kernels. Put the lid on the pan! Wait until there are 2 seconds between pops then take off the heat.
  9. Press the popcorn into the caramel layer
  10. Leave to set in the fridge or the freezer until firm and then slice!

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