Coconut Free Vegan Chocolate Caramel Chews

When it comes to candy making, there’s nothing I love more than combining luscious chocolate with coconut oil. Coconut oil is the perfect yin to chocolate’s yang, as it adds flavor and ease to any chocolate enthusiast. I rely heavily on combining the two when making any kind of holiday treat or herbal concoction, and it is always a success with no complaints.

However, what about those who are *gasp* allergic to coconut!?

It’s hard to say how many people actually have a sensitivity to coconut, since in 2006 the FDA began identifying coconut as a tree nut, which therefor made anything containing coconut lumped into the peanuts and tree nuts category. After doing more research though, it seems that many people who are sensitive to tree nuts CAN in fact tolerate coconut, yet there are still few who simply cannot have this tropical treat.

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For those that cannot handle the coconut, these treats are the perfect go-to for any gathering or Monday night in.

It had never crossed my mind that I would have to learn to cook without coconut until fairly recently, when my brother started bringing his gf over for dinner parties and it was disclosed that she has a coconut allergy.

The funny part is my first reaction was like, “What can I even MAKE without coconut?” Which on second thought, sounded like EVERY OTHER PERSON when I explain veganism, only replace coconut with meat/milk/cheese/eggs/your mom.

I hung my head in shame for about 10 seconds, and then started stroking my invisible mustache for answers. Luckily my “stache” never lets me down in the creativity department.

Since then, I’ve had to get pretty crafty with what I whip up, and a great example of this is these delectable coconut-free chocolate caramel chews. 

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When you have to deal with allergies on the regs plus lifestyle choices, you never know what delicious goodie you’ll end up with!

These cuties are SO GOOD and the best part is that you get a load of hot melty chocolate sauce left over, to dip in whatever your little heart desires, like slices of banana, cherries, or strawberries.

As an added bonus, these are not only coconut-free, but also soy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and carefree, which is an alternative way to say “happy”:) I wish I could say the ingredients were actually FREE (it would go so nicely in that list), but you have to pay for your own stuff you bastards.

Of course, I can’t forget to say that I can’t take all the credit here. The creamy caramel comes straight from Pinterest, and it was only my idea to dip them in chocolate (thoughts of a choco-holic for sure). You can read the original post about salted caramel raw bites here.

Yummy coconut free vegan chocolate caramel chews

I’ve made these a couple of times now, and they are definitely a keeper. The combo between the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and the chewy caramel filling (it REALLY tastes like caramel people!!) remind me of some of my favorite candy bars as a child.  It’s sure to win the heart of anyone, coconut allergy or not.

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Coconut Free Vegan Chocolate Caramel Chews

Note: You will need a slow-cooker to create the melted chocolate.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Turn your slow-cooker on high and remove the lid. Pour chocolate chips into an oven-safe bowl and place inside the slow-cooker (keep the lid off!). It will take about 15-20 minutes to get all your chocolate chips melted, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go stir them and check for yourself *wink wink*.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine dates, cashews, vanilla, and pink salt. Turn on high and process until mixture starts to pull from the sides and forms a caramel “dough”.
  3. Roll caramel into balls and place on a piece of parchment paper (balls will be a bit “greasy” from extract and the oils in the nuts). Insert toothpicks on top of each ball.
  4. When your chocolate is melted, dip your caramel balls one by one and place back on parchment sheet.
  5. Pop chocolate caramels into the freezer for about 10 minutes. Serve.

Oh, and don’t forget to use the rest of that chocolate!! #chocolateparty #getinmuhbelly

*If you don’t want a ton of chocolate leftover, no worries, simply decrease the amount to half a bag. I can’t POSSIBLY understand why you would do this, but I’m sure you have your reasons.

EASY coconut free vegan chocolate caramel chews

Coconut-Free Vegan Chocolate Caramel Chews
Serves 24
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package* (12 oz) of Enjoy Life vegan chocolate chips
  2. 1 C pitted dates
  3. 1 C cashews (roasted or raw, just make sure they are unsalted)
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Instructions
  1. Turn your slow-cooker on high and remove the lid. Pour chocolate chips into an oven-safe bowl and place inside the slow-cooker (keep the lid off!). It will take about 15-20 minutes to get all your chocolate chips melted, but that doesn't mean you can't go stir them and check for yourself *wink wink*.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine dates, cashews, vanilla, and pink salt. Turn on high and process until mixture starts to pull from the sides and forms a caramel "dough".
  3. Roll caramel into balls and place on a piece of parchment paper (balls will be a bit "greasy" from extract and the oils in the nuts). Insert toothpicks on top of each ball.
  4. When your chocolate is melted, dip your caramel balls one by one and place back on parchment sheet.
  5. Pop chocolate caramels into the freezer for about 10 minutes. Serve.
  6. Oh, and don't forget to use the rest of that chocolate!! #chocolateparty #getinmuhbelly
Notes
  1. *If you don't want a ton of chocolate leftover, no worries, simply decrease the amount to half a bag. I can't POSSIBLY understand why you would do this, but I'm sure you have your reasons.
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 Thank you for taking the time to invest in your health and happiness! What is your favorite chocolate treat?

randi

Vegan Chocolate Caramel Chews

 This post was shared on Healthy Vegan Fridays and I Am Pinnable.

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15 comments

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So strange how so many of us have severe allergies. It just shows that lots of what we consider food really isn’t. This looks really delicious easy to make and chemical free.

Thanks again for posting.

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I know right!? It’s hard to keep track of all the allergies sometimes when I’m cooking lol. The best part about these though is that they please everyone, so it’s a win-win:)

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These look so amazing! I really want to make these, hopefully I can fit them in this weekend! I use coconut oil for so much too – especially for balls and desserts. I feel like it’s magical but there are some people that can’t have it. Such a great idea to use your slow cooker to melt the chocolate! I might need to have chocolate brewing all the time!
Thanks so much for linking up with us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

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Lol, yeah once you experience the slow-cooker chocolate, I’m sure you’ll come up with a million and one things to dip in there (including just your spoon!!). One night we even added it to our dairy-free ice creams and had sundays! Thanks for stopping by and pinning- I appreciate it!

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Oh my gosh girl, you are too funny. I’m laughing my ass off over here 😉
“the best part is that you get a load of hot melty chocolate sauce left over, to dip in whatever your little heart desires, like slices of banana, cherries, or strawberries.”
…. or straight up with a spoon…
These sound so good! I don’t use coconut in everything, but I would be SO SAD if I couldn’t have any. Poor girl.
ps. did you change the look of your blog? Your banner looks different – it looks awesome!! I love it =)

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Lol, I’m glad I could give you a good laugh- that’s always the goal 😉 And yes, now that coconut allergies are on my radar, I’m always thinking of tweaks whenever I make something with it. Oh, and my banner has been updated, thanks for the compliment!

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These look amazing Randi and I love that they are Vegan too 🙂

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Thank you Amber!

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i have tried your recipe last weekend and it was so yummy . for me it was a bit sugary but my family loved it..i also added some almonds and walnuts in the dough mixture that enhanced its taste..thanks for sharing the delicious and healthy dish with us

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Thank you so much for the feedback Albert! Happy to hear that your family loved them and that your additions made a lovely treat. Next time, if you want to adjust the sweetness, I would reduce the amount of dates you use. I really appreciate the comment, and hope that you and your family enjoy more of my recipes:)

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Oh man these look tasty! Love how simple they are and with good ingredients too!

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Thank you!! Yes, this was definitely a win-win!

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Wow they sound amazing and I never knew you could have a coconut allergy but hey one of my daughter’s is allergic to kiwi fruit !

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Hey, is it possible to make these without a slow cooker?

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Hi Laura, yes it is! You can melt the chocolate using the double boiler method. I recommend removing your saucepan as soon as the chocolate has melted though- if any moisture gets into the chocolate, it will start to harden up. If this does happen, you’ll have to use a liquid (water or almond milk) to thin it out again before dipping. I’d love to hear how they turn out!

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