I have tried a few vegan caramel slices, and most of them have done their best to replicate the traditional (non-vegan) equivalent. Whilst I enjoyed them all, I can't say they managed to produce what condensed milk, butter and sugar usually bring about.
This vegan caramel-pear slice doesn't even try to replicate the conventional version. This treat is messier, the topping is less firm, and the base is less cake-y. As the name suggests, it also features pear. In its own way, however, it is just as delicious as a traditional caramel slice and will rival anything you can buy in a cafe.
Dates and pear are the stars of the slice topping, but custard powder and coconut oil round things out and hold the mix together. The base features walnuts, oats, yacon syrup and coconut oil. I plan to use the base again with different toppings, as the ingredients came together beautifully and gave just the right balance of dense and chewy.
These are very easy to eat, and complement a cup of tea very nicely indeed. They could also be topped with chocolate if you're so inclined. I imagine banana could be substituted for the pear if you prefer too.
Vegan caramel-pear slice
A sweet, satisfying treat that is vegan and can be gluten free (use gluten free oats)
Makes 12 slices
Food processor required
Author: Bite-Sized Thoughts
For the base
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp yacon syrup, or rice malt syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil (in liquid form)
For the topping
1 cup pitted dates
2 small ripe pears (or 1 large)
1/4 cup custard powder
1 tbsp coconut oil (in liquid form)
Line a loaf tin with baking paper and set aside.
To make the base, combine the walnuts and oats in a food processor until ground. Add the yacon syrup / rice malt syrup and coconut oil and process until the mixture starts to clump together.
Press the base mixture into your prepared loaf tin, using your fingers to distribute evenly. Set aside while you make the topping.
Wipe out your food processor if necessary and then process the dates until a smooth paste forms. Add the pears and process until fully blended. Add the custard powder and coconut oil and process to incorporate.
Pour the topping over the base, and use a spatula to smooth the top. Refrigerate for approximately 4 hours before cutting into slices. Store in the refrigerator.
What is your favourite slice (or favourite of the month)?