Now that we’ve had even the slightest bit of proof that spring is on its way, I’ve already began craving alllll the frozen sweets. Not great for the fact I am trying to EMPTY my freezer. But to that I say “pishawww.” There’s always room when chocolate and caramel are involved, am I right?
Remember when we spoke about recipes and how they are made? Well this is a prime example of how I tend to gather inspiration from numerous different sources (due to my inability to ever choose one thing), mash them all up, mix in a bit of my own creativity and pop out something new.
I always loved chemistry.
In my effort to appease all my current cravings – something cold, something with date caramel, chocolate and layers – I started brainstorming a few ideas. Then I saw Arman’s three ingredient rice crispies pop up in my recipe folder and “ping!” Crazy idea.
So I got building. I used his simple method to create my base, but used a combination of rice crispies and corn flakes to add even more texture. Then, I have this lady to blame for reminding me of date caramel. Seriously – have you seen all her recent no bake layered creations? Now that is talent right there. I used to use date caramel a lot and had already figured out my own favorite way to make it, so her recent recipes had me wanting to bring it back. So then all I needed was chocolate. I simply used the base from my own no bake freezer chocolate. Really, this is such a simple technique that could be used to top off any recipe. And I suggest you top all of your recipes with chocolate. Every. One.
Alternatively, you could just melt regular chocolate. I’ve definitely done this when feeling a little extra
I know I’ve called these “No Bake CARAMEL Chocolate Bars,” but there is actually no caramel in them. The smooth taste of caramel comes strictly from the dates and then exemplified even more by adding maca powder to the base. Totally optional, but if you have some, it adds extra maltiness (and a whole slew of health benefits). I order this stuff right hurrr.
When you take all this into consideration, you’ve got quite the nutrient dense, totally guilt free little treat on your hands. Sweetened naturally using only dates and maple syrup, gluten free and vegan (depending on your liquid sweetener) – it’s a treat you can really feel good about.
So if you are feeling “springy,” yet can’t decide on what one treat you want to make; if you have a craving for rice crispy squares… but also want chocolate… and oh right, some caramel, too…. make these totally simple, fast and easy caramel chocolate layered cereal bars. The explosion of flavors and textures will have you melllllting.
Make these No Bake Caramel Chocolate Cereal Bars for a healthy, sweet start to Spring Click To Tweet
If you could make a bar with three layers of ANYTHING… what would they be?