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Simply to die for Wholefood Salt Caramel Slice

September 11, 2014

whole food salt caramel sliceThis wholefood salt caramel slice was a bit of an experiment for me as I wanted to create something in the Pureharvest spirit.

When I was asked if I would be interested in receiving a hamper of goodies from Pureharvest I was pretty keen. Although not traditionally a super, mega organics shopper you know I am very aware of what I feed the family, and besides I’m not one to look an organic gift horse in the mouth when it comes to products I’m actually keen to sample.

In my pantry I already stock the Pureharvest Rice Malt Syrup as it’s a low GI, complex carbohydrate blend of glucose and maltose used as a sugar alternative. I like to mix up my sweeteners and Rice Malt Syrup is considered one of the gooduns.

The argument about fructose versus glucose is a valid debate, but I’m not going to be entering into it today. Partly because I’m not that sugar-free chick and partly because I have cracked a ‘healthy’ version of a caramel slice that’s to die for and I can’t wait to tell you that instead.

I’m just going to give you a disclaimer –


Now, where were we?


whole food salt caramel sliceI met founder, Don Lazarro, at ProBlogger and he told a story of how back in the late ’70s he had a health food store that sold mostly dried legumes and seeds.

In the early ’80s Don took a punt and bought 1000L of soy milk into Australia on a big, heavy pallet to try to sell in his shop. He had no idea if it would fly, but he thought a non-dairy milk alternative was a good idea.

It was better than a good idea. It was bloody brilliant.

I’m not a fan of soy milk for loads of reasons but I’ll tell you what- Pureharvest have cracked almond milk, rice milk and Coco Quench milk. I’ve been experimenting with them in my cooking – oatcakes, French toast, scrambled eggs have all had the Pureharvest treatment and I reckon it definitely adds something good. Nuttiness? Earthiness?

D Man has gone nuts for the CocoQuench on his cereal. It’s a cross between rice milk (made from brown rice) and coconut milk. Seriously bloody yummy with great nutritional benefits.

Late the other night I made a Coco Quench hot chocolate with organic cocoa, sweetened with rice malt syrup as an experiment. I went one step further and chucked in 2 marshmallows and a fat slug of whiskey. Not sure if that’s what Pureharvest had in mind however it rocked my socks.

Will I completely switch from cow’s to these alternatives?

No. But having options and mixing it up is something I love. Options.

Anyhoo, I’ve been ploughing my way through their products but I wanted to make a little something amazing as I do see a great trend towards gluten free, dairy free, sugar stuff…. don’t screw your face up, it can be even yummier than traditional baking. Give this a shot and tell me it’s not ALL THAT.

whole food salt caramel slice

What you will need : 

For base – 

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup unsalted roasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 heaped tablespoons cacao (or cocoa powder if that’s what you have)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice bran syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 270ml tin coconut cream (I like Ayam brand as it’s pure)

For salt caramel – 

  • 410 ml coconut milk (1.5 tins)
  • 2.5 tablespoons rice malt syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • a big pinch of salt

For top – 

  • 2 squares of Lindt dark salt chocolate

What you will need to do :

Line a tin, I used 25 x 15, with baking paper.

Stick all of your ingredients for the base into a food processor and wazz it until it starts to stick together and clump.

Tip into your tray and press down with your fingers so it’s nice and even and then pop it in the fridge.

whole food salt caramel slicePop your ingredients for salt caramel into a saucepan on medium heat and bring to boil. Leave at a medium boil keeping an eye on it until it reduces, thickens and darkens to a rich caramel colour. About 20 mins.

whole food salt caramel slicePour immediately onto your chilled base, spreading it evenly, and using a microplane or the finest grater you can grate the salt chocolate over the top whilst it’s still hot and it will melt on contact.

whole food salt caramel sliceEnsure an even coverage and pop back into the fridge for an hour or so until all cooled.

Cut into pieces as large as you wish. It’s fairly rich so you don’t need much.

whole food salt caramel slice


Would you like some of this Pureharvest goodness for your very own?

They have offered for me to give one of my peeps a generous hamper like my own if you can just name this slice.

Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, no bake salt caramel slice is a bit of a mouthful in more ways than one.

Leave a comment on my Facebook page or right here to go in the running. Winner will be announced Wednesday 17th September.




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  • Reply Bunny Eats Design September 11, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Whiskey in your milk? I like how you roll.

    I love soy milk and I love cow milk. I grew up with soy milk as a beverage, not a dairy replacement so I don’t have any soy/cow issues. I think it’s great to have options, especially if you’re allergic or not eating dairy due to personal beliefs.

    I’ve tried nut milk (gigglesnort) a couple of times, but I find it a little cloying in that coat your mouth kind of way. Are they all like that?

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys September 11, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Hehe hehe he, nut milk. Nah, man,these wren’t at al cloying. Light and lovely. Not thick like soy can be either. I admit to mostly using it in cooking, but I did have a good go at the CocoQuench. That was the winner for me, although I’ve not yet tried the rice milk. I’ll probably lace that too. Nothing is safe.

  • Reply goodfoodweek September 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I also received a Pureharvest hamper and am loving trying out all of their products (especially seeing as I missed out on the Pureharvest fun at problogger). I’m loving trialling all of their milk alternatives as I am lactose intolerant and I’m loving their organic olive oil.

  • Reply Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes September 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    ooh, what to name such a delicious delight? I’m going to go with Salted Caramel Choconut No Bake Slice of Awesomeness

    Or maybe No Bake Caramel Choc Coconut Slice. Or maybe just Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine!!!! Pop the kettle on, I’m coming over to help you eat it!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys September 12, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Mine, Mine, Mine!! is apt. I secretly ate the last piece in the walk-in pantry so the kids couldn’t see.

  • Reply manda September 12, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Giveaway sounds great… love the story.

  • Reply Michelle V September 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hmm, I’m not very creative so I have just based this answer given my love of game shows, and all things yummy.
    I have combined the two to come up with the title for this delicious morsel:
    “The Slice Is Right”
    Hope it’s good enough to bag me the win as I’d love muffin more than to bake some delicious goodies. Afterall, you know what they say, the winner bakes it all!! 😉

  • Reply Narelle wales September 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Salted caramel bliss!

  • Reply Nadia Giblin September 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    These look amazing! Always wanted a healthier caramel option, now I’ve got one! Enjoyed your write up too, gave me a good giggle. Thanks!

    • Reply Nadia Giblin September 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Sorry, name is… Naughty but nice salty choc caramel slice

  • Reply Jo September 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Aren’t there some great vegan recipes around for sweet treats! This is another one I’ll have to try. I’m trying to incorporate more vegan and raw foods in to our diet – better for us and for the environment. Thanks for offering this great prize!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys September 15, 2014 at 9:32 am

      There sure are. I think it’s about mixing it up. Going hung ho paleo or whatever works for some but I really believe awareness and mixing it up is a more realistic view for most. Good luck!

  • Reply Alison Hallworth (@_talkingfrankly) September 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    The Motherfudger. x

  • Reply Melinda October 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

    This looks amazing! I’m definitely not an “I quit sugar” kind of girl but I do like coming across healthier versions of treats – that means I can eat more of it, right?

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