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 -
THIS IS A SOMETIMES FOOD UNLESS YOU CAN’T STOP AND YOU EAT THE WHOLE BATCH, BUT THEN IT’S GONE AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT’S DELICIOUSNESS TAUNTING YOU FROM THE FRIDGE ANY LONGER.
Now, where were we?
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.
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 –
- 140 ml coconut milk
- 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.
Pop 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.
Pour 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.
Cut into pieces as large as you wish. It’s fairly rich so you don’t need much.
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.
***THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST***
I RECEIVED A HAMPER OF ORGANIC GOODNESS FROM PUREHARVEST AND ALL OPINIONS AND RECIPES ARE MY OWN
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