These shortbread caramel bars are absolutely divine and make for a decadent snack or dessert. It doesn’t hurt that they also look amazing! They are a definite crowd pleaser, too. So if you want to impress your guests, make these bars and let the compliments roll in!

Shortbread Caramel Bars

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 and 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel:

  • 8 medjool dates
  • ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond butter

Chocolate Layer:

  • Half cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

Directions:

Prepare crust:

  • In a bowl mix together almond flour, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, salt, and vanilla extract until well blended.
  • Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper. Press crust evenly into pan. Bake 12 minutes until golden brown. Set aside to cool completely (put in freezer to speed the process).

Prepare caramel:

  • Soak pitted medjool dates in hot water for 3 minutes. Drain water and place dates, almond milk, salt, and vanilla extract into food processor and blend till smooth. You might need to pause a few times to scrape down the sides. Pour date mixture into a bowl and stir in the almond butter until smooth and well blended. 
  • Pour over crust and freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • Prepare chocolate topping by melting chocolate and oil together. Pour a thin layer onto caramel layer. Freeze for at least 1 more hour. Slice and enjoy!

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