Healthier Sea Salt Caramels

Healthier Sea Salt Caramels

So, in anticipation of baby girl’s arrival, we transitioned the boys to one room this past weekend. The first night went as we had somewhat expected, with lots of giggles and playing and getting out of bed – but – the sweetest thing also happened. Etienne and I were watching on the monitor as Oscar crept over to Wally’s crib after he fell asleep, covered him with a blanket and then got back into his bed. Mama heart melt!

The second night went really well, and both boys fell asleep fairly quickly; however, it’s unfortunately been a bit of a roller coaster since then! It’s still new, so I’m confident it will just be routine eventually. Plus we’ve been able to witness so many funny and sweet moments already, like Oscar trying to help Wally climb out of his crib by building a staircase with a stack of books. I just love watching these boys grow up together!

You know what else I love? My evening chocolate habit. It’s not the healthiest of habits, but not the worst. I love to relax after getting the kids to bed with a good show and a bit of chocolate to munch on. Often it’s a few squares of extra-dark chocolate, but sometimes I switch it up with other treats – like a few salted caramel chocolate almond clusters, or these healthier sea salted caramels!!

Healthier Sea Salt Caramels

I’ve been making these for a few years now, ever since my friend introduced me to this recipe from Oh She Glows. These chocolates really do taste like rolos, but I always amp up the sea salt when I make them to get that salty-sweet combo that I love so much. I seriously cannot walk past a Purdy’s Chocolates without buying a couple of their Himalayan pink salt caramels!! So good.

The great thing about this recipe is that it is literally 5 ingredients, gluten-free, and ready in 20 minutes! The chocolates are made with those wonderful bites of nature called Medjool dates. We all know Medjool dates have that smooth caramel flavour, but mixing them with a bit of nut butter (I like to use peanut butter) creates the ultimate healthy “caramel” filling. Coating these caramels with chocolate and topping them with sea salt flakes just rounds things off nicely.

You can roll your caramels into whatever size you like; I sometimes use a whole tablespoon for a nice large chocolate, but making them smaller means you’ll end up with more and eat less…maybe!?

 

I like to keep these treats in the freezer, so they last longer, but you could definitely keep them in the fridge too. They’ll get too soft at room temperature!

It’s so hard to believe that the weekend is already here again – time – slow down!! We’re going to a dinner party on Saturday night, and Sunday I’m getting my toes done with some friends!

I am so hoping the forecast cheers up in the next few weeks – I can’t believe how un-spring this weather has been. The snow really needs to take a hint. Really.

Here’s to a great weekend!

Healthier Sea Salt Caramels

Healthier Sea Salt Caramels

Healthier Sea Salt Caramels

Prep

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Total

Yield 14-20 caramels

Chocolate covered "healthy" caramels made with just 5 ingredients and topped with sea salt flakes!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pits removed (about 15)
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter*
  • 1/2 cup (3 oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • sea salt flakes

Instructions

  1. Process the dates with the peanut butter in a food processor until a ball of sticky "dough" forms. Chill the mixture in the freezer for about 10 minutes before removing and shaping the dough into balls (about 2 tsp - 1 tbsp in size)*. Place the caramels on a baking sheet and freeze the balls for another 10 minutes while you prepare the chocolate.
  2. Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil in a heat-proof vessel. I like to use my Pyrex measuring cup for easy dipping! Using a spoon or a dipping tool, dip each caramel in chocolate, place it back on the baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Place the caramels in the fridge or back in the freezer to set for another 10 minutes.ย 

Caramels keep best in the freezer (and can be eaten frozen) but will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge as well.

Notes

  1. Substitute with almond butter or another nut butter.
  2. Using 1 tbsp of dough will yield about 14 large caramels.

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42 Comments

  1. You know Iโ€™m all about the healthy treats, especially when peanut butter and chocolate are involved! I love to snack on medjool dates on their own, so I know I will enjoy date caramel! Definitely need to make these soon! ps. That is the cutest story about your boys! Oscar sounds like a great big brother! Have a great weekend Katherine!

  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    Oh my gosh! Oscar and Wally are the sweetest! I can’t wait to hear about them with their new sister. And I can’t wait to make these caramels either. Date caramels are just SO good and I love that I can eat lots of them without getting a migraine :). Have a great weekend, Katherine!

  3. These totally look like Rolos!! I love that these are healthier (so I can totally eat more right?!). I bet you guys are super excited about your baby girl coming soon!!! Yay!!

  4. I used to make almost the exact same recipe at my coffee shop. Sold them as vegan truffles. Big seller

  5. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    I’m not sure how people handle the only one child, and you’re going to manage 3 soon. I do believe you’ll be doing it great! I do love dates, and these treats sound and look dangerously delicious. Do you think this would be still a healthier choice if I ate like two dozens? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aah thank you for the vote of confidence, Ben. I’m sure it will be fine (eventually)! Haha. Thank you! They are dangerously delicious – one of my faves! Definitely still healthy after a few dozen!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!

  6. Your boys sound like the sweetest, Katherine! What wonderful big brothers they’ll be!

    I love dates so I know I’d love these ‘caramels’. I can’t believe how simple they are to make – definitely going to try them!

  7. Well those are some sweet memories! I love the vision of the boys giggling in their new room together! They are adorable! I love these caramels! Will be adding them to the list to try!!

  8. I’m always up for a healthier version of anything Katherine! And these sound delicious! Can’t wait to make a batch!

  9. That’s so sweet!!! I cam definitely see why your heart melted!! I’ve made the Oh She Glows version of these. It’s so cool how the dates actually seem like caramel – like foodie magic, lol. Love the addition of salt on here – that touch of salt with the sweet gets me every single time. Cheers to a lovely week, my friend! XO

  10. Awww Oscar and Wally are absolute darlings. So adorable ๐Ÿ˜. They are really going to be great brothers to their little sister
    And LOVING this recipe, I can definitely do with some healthy snacks and these look so good. Love to give these caramels a try.
    Thank you for the delicious recipe…have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • They are wonderful little boys, I am very lucky! I can’t wait to see what the three of them will get up to ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, Ashika! I hope you do get to try out the recipe – let me know what you think!! Cheers to a great week for you too!

  11. I lol’d at “staircase out of books.” That’s too adorable! And I have yet to hop on the Medjool dates bandwagon, but I’m thinking I need to give it a try because oh, man, do these look yummy!!

  12. Looks so amazing! Wanna dive in those tempting chocolate caramel balls!! xo

  13. ahhh your sons sound so adorable! and these caramels sound so good. dark chocolate sounds like a good move for dipping these into, since the dates are so decadent and rich (:

  14. Hey, greetings from Bucharest, Romania!

    This is an easy recipe we can make at home; me and my girlfriend will have fun with these delicious caramels…

  15. lindenandlavender

    Awe, so sweet. It is a lovely thing to have the kids in the same room. I did the same thing with my girls when we were expecting our son. It makes for the best of friends at this stage anyway (ask me in 10-12 years and maybe it will be a different story). These caramels sound spot on. I tried to make some (for my blog) and they were just too watery to roll out. Excited to try these!

  16. These look so amazing! I absolutely love dates and they can be made into so many wonderful treats. Your boys sound so adorable together. Too bad you can’t record on the monitor ๐Ÿ™‚ . Take care.

  17. You have the cutest little boys Kathy and they are so gonna pamper the baby sister:) I make many sweetened treats with dates, but have never combined them with nut butters. I’m totally gonna try it with almond butter (allergy issues)!

  18. Awwww, your boys are adorable. Better enjoy this stage now before they’re teens, am I right? ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve been eating date based desserts for the last couple of weeks so this recipe is a perfect addition to my date based dessert addiction. ZING!

    • Thank you!! They are too cute right now – definitely enjoying it now because you never know what’s coming haha. Ooh I’m happy to hear you’re on the date train – they’re so good! Such a great natural substitute for sugar!! Hope you love it!

  19. I HAVE DATES AND HAVE BEEN WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay problem solved, and yes, totally need for caps to show my excitement! this recipe looks bloody delicious! i am also a big chocolate at night fan! and during the day now i think about it!

  20. ingoodflavor

    The joy of seeing how your boys are interacting with each other is what parenting is all about. It is one of the best things in life isn’t it? The filing sounds delicious as I’m a fan of dates. These are perfect treats to satisfy a sweet tooth and get a chocolate fix without all of the guilt ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I completely agree, Thao. Having another child was initially so challenging, but seeing how well these two get along and their love for each other makes it all pay off 10 fold!! YES! That’s exactly what I was going for. Thank you my friend!! Enjoy the weekend!

  21. Boys will be boys! Iยดm sure eventually everything will be fine with both of them in the same room, to the recipe, this is the kind of chocolate I can snack on at night too! love how easy they are to make and only 5 ingredients! this is awesome

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