A healthy, superfood-packed rendition of Girl Scout caramel delights! They are vegan, no-bake, oil-free, gluten-free, and packed with nutrition!
Happiness is your 9-year-old finally trying a Medjool date at vacation bible school and declaring that he loves them.
“Really, Mommy, they are SO good! They taste just like caramel!”
When he asked if I could buy some, I told him to open the pantry and look on the second shelf.
We always have them. I’ve been secreting them into his food his entire life, despite his outright rejection of plain, whole dates. But it made all the difference for him to discover them on his own while learning about the life of Joseph.
Nick’s comment about the dates tasting like caramel prompted today’s post, a no-bake homage to Girl Scout cookies. Specifically, caramel delights.
No baking, no fussy procedures and no artificial ingredients, these energy pucks get their caramel flavor from–you guessed it–luscious dates. Unlike real caramel, however, dates are a a fantastic energy food. They are a good source of of fiber and include a host of essential minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc) and vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K).
A double helping of coconut (unsweetened coconut flakes and coconut flour) offers another signature flavor of caramel delights. Once again, it’s flavor plus multiple benefits, such as healthy coconut oil from the flakes and fiber from both.
Almonds and chocolate clinch the deal with more great flavor as well as vitamin E (almonds), antioxidants (the cacao nibs), and yet more fiber from both. In short, these treats are more than worthy of their superfood moniker.
I’m not the only one who thinks they taste utterly amazing workout fuel. A certain little boy has had these in his lunchbox all week during baseball camp (powered by caramel delights!). Thanks to bible school the week prior, he’s now delighted by what makes them so caramel-y delicious!
Happy eats, everyone, and stay cool!