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Healthy Caramel Slice Recipe
August 16, 2015

Caramel slice is traditionally low in fibre and nutrients, high in saturated fat and refined carbohydrate. To hit your sweet tooth but stay on track, try this new improved version is nutrient rich, higher in fibre and lower in added sugars. Part of what our Nutrition Coach students learn is how to help clients create long-term healthy habits rather than embarking on a short-term fad diets. While this recipe is still a treat, it's a great way for a client to get some key nutrients without feeling deprived. 

Raw Caramel Slice

Base

1 cup walnuts

1 cup dates 


Middle 

½ cup Tahini

1 tablespoon honey 

2 mashed bananas 


Topping 

1 cup melted coconut oil

4 tablespoons cacao powder


Method

1. Line a square / rectangular baking tin with baking paper 

2. Combine dates and walnuts in a food processor for the base

3. Spread the dates / walnut mix on the bottom of your baking tin, pressing in with your fingers 

to ensure it’s firmly packed

4. Mix tahini, honey and banana until smooth

5. Spread on top of your base 

6. Mix melted coconut oil and cacao and drizzle on top of tahini and banana for your final layer 

7. Refrigerate for 1 hour


Keep reading for Australian Institute of Fitness Nutrition Expert, Shivaun Conn's 3 reasons our nutritious makeover of this popular cheat meal should be your next kitchen adventure!

1. Walnuts

Walnuts, a component of the healthy base, are one of the few plant sources of omega 3, containing 6280mg alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) per 100g. Research has shown that ALA from a 37g handful of walnuts each day can reduce inflammation. Walnuts can also lower both total and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels without effecting ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. 

2. Bananas

Bananas, part of the healthy filling, are the best fruit source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, along with modest amounts of the B group vitamins folate, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid. They also provide minerals (magnesium, potassium), fibre (including resistant starch) and antioxidants.

3. Raw Cacao Powder

Raw cacao powder adds a healthy chocolate taste to the topping. It is a rich source of magnesium and contains high levels of polyphenols that help to prevent degenerative diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

The Original Recipe:

BASE

FLOUR, SUGAR, BUTTER

FILLING

SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK. GOLDEN SYRUP, BUTTER

TOPPING

COPHA, COOKING CHOCOLATE


Feeling inspired? Be sure to tag us at #ausisntfitness on Instagram if you're getting busy in the kitchen! 


This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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