Chocolate Coffee Caramel Bars
Relationships stress me out. And I’m not even in one. But many of my friends are, and their relationships REALLY stress me out. They’re so overwhelming at times. They like each other, then they hate each other. They complain about each other, then they can’t take their hands off each other. They’re like children. And I don’t like children.
I know for a fact my food will never complain, that’s why I’m in a relationship with it. I take good care of my food and it takes good care of me. We have a very understanding and healthy relationship. I may seem weird and kind of like a leper with the amount of time I spend in the house, in my kitchen, on a Friday night, but I’m sure as hell not fighting with my food at the bar, while others stare on with drunken eyes. I hate drunken people fights. I love watching them. Car wreck in human form.
The moral to this story is – annoying relationships suck. So get out of them if you are one of the people that fills their friends ears with complaints about their significant other. We don’t care. Your significant other obviously doesn’t care. So you shouldn’t care. And you should find yourself a new partner. Meaning paleo food. Like this recipe. Why wouldn’t you make CARAMEL BARS your new lover? I’ve done it twice now. Two times. Two times a lady, if you will.Print
Chocolate Coffee Caramel Bars
- Yield: 3-4 1x
For the crust
- 12 dried figs (or dates, if you prefer), stems removed
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup Unsweetended Shredded Coconut
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
For the caramel
- 12–14 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water for an hour
- 5–6 tablespoons canned coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
For the topping
- 1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips or dark chocolate, melted
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons ground coffee
- coarse sea salt, to top
- First make your crust. Add all of your crust ingredients into a food processor and mix until well combined. Add the crust mixture to abread pan and push down until the mixture is flat. Like a crust. Duh.
- Now add your dates and pulse until dates have broken down (less than a minute) then add your coconut milk tablespoon by tablespoon to the dates while the food processor is still running. Then add your water as well.
- And add your vanilla extract and pinch of salt.
- Process until you get a caramel. BOOM. May take 3-5 minutes, tops.
- Pour caramel over your crust and spread evenly.
- Now you will want to melt your chocolate. You could do this in a double boiler or just the microwave. I chose the latter.
- Melt chocolate and coconut milk together in the microwave. Heating for 30 seconds then mixing well and reheating when necessary.
- Once your chocolate is completely melted, add your ground coffee and mix well.
- Pour melted chocolate over your caramel and spread evenly.
- Add coarse sea salt on top of the chocolate.
- Put in freezer to let chocolate harden. Around 10+ minutes.
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191 thoughts on “Chocolate Coffee Caramel Bars”
holy crap that is some serious food porn you got going on there…
You are not the only one that spends more time in the kitchen than out with friends…generally my weekends include a date with my kitchen and my dog is the taste tester. 🙂
Lol at least you have a dog to talk to!
I first had these wonderfully delish Chocolate Caramel Coffee bars at a Paleo swap a few weeks ago and have been waiting to make them. So, today, I set out to get all the ingredients and made them. Unfortunately, my crust is not crust, it kinda molded in together with the caramel no matter how long I froze it. I am so bummed! Do you have any in sight as to why this has happened? Did I process it to long? HELP!
I found the crust too soft as well so I added 1/4 cup of ground almond flour, it helped but next time I would use less dates in the crust and a bit more almond flour to make it more crust like.
I totally get your point of view on relationships when it comes to bars like these. They look absolutely amazing. Yum!
Hope you try them out!
What do you think the chances are that I could use regular butter instead of almond butter? Or maybe I’ll just make these for myself, make a big to do of eating them and (you know, chocolate on my face, going on about how amazing they are) then tell my husband “Sorry, you’re allergic.” That would be mean.
sunflower seed butter maybe?
I was just going to ask if you think Sunbutter would work. Great to know 🙂
I wish I would have known about these babies yesterday, my relationship was stressing me the f**k out so I gave in to a 2000 calorie binge session, oops! These would have definitely made a nice accompaniment. haha
btw you’re awesome, and so funny, your blog cheers me up 🙂
is it possible that you might just have out done yourself?hmm perhaps we should take the banana french toast out the equation. NOW you have out done yourself!
those two together would make a beautiful child
Ohh those look amazing! I figure, after the hubby deploys next week, I need a list of sweets to drown myself in as I sit in my kitchen and cry lol!! I’m kidding…..sort of..? Lol ok this is going on the list though!! Already made the caramel pecan bars…wow those were good.
:(:( I’m sorry nicole, hopefully some of my recipes keep your mind occupied
The butter is a nut butter. Replace it with peanut butter not dairy butter. You might have a river if you use dairy butter. The nut butter gives it form and substance. Hope that answers your question.
Husband is unfortunately allergic to all nuts 🙁
Try sunflower seed butter?
Yeah, sunflower seed butter might work – I’ll look for some next time I’m at Earthfare. Thanks for the suggestion!
Oh dear god…. I just made banana bread French toast on Friday…(oh and there is NONE left over..I ate it all myself). So much for losing weight! 😉
Lol glad you liked it!!
These sound/look absolutely delicious!! I am hoping/bragging that I can use fresh coconut milk since I live in Africa and it’s cheaper and fresher. I am definitely going to try these, although they do sound like a lot of work with a lot of steps. . hence the reason you could only have a relationship with either food or a man!! I understand your choice though 😉
This was the first post I read, and I loved it. Keep sharing.
Thanks for checking out the blog Lindsay, hope you come back again!!
You crack me up Juli!!!! I hope you had a nice weekend 🙂
These look amazing, I’m sad to say i won’t be making them for a long time cause i’m starting the 21 day sugar detox and then we have a 90-day paleo challenge at the box, soooooo, i’ll be living a dessert-free life for a while. If i win the challenge i get 3 months of membership free!!! Oh god, i gotta stick to my guns! I tend to overeat…
Gosh dang it Jen! I’m still supportive though, win that challenge!
I think i’m Maing these in May… 3 weeks sugar-free is a good enough achievement, uh??? I’m salivating looking at these pics!
What size pan did you use? I have a meatloaf pan, an 8X8 pyrex, and some 9″ round cake pan. Do you think any of those would work?
I killed the WOD last night… Overhead Squats, which are my nemesis. I’m seeing the fruits of my labor!
Your posts are encouraging. thanks for sharing your thoughts and food with us!
I would use a meatloaf pan!
Can’t wait to make these bars. Can you tell me what size bread pan I need? Thanks!
9×5 should work!
I might have to forward this post to both of my roommates…. you described my life verbatim listening to the two of them haha. I try to care, but often times I just can’t!
Do it Katie, do it
Holy crap! Juli, you have outdone yourself with this one. And that’s saying a lot, since the food you create is amazing! How in the world did you come up with the idea to create caramel with dates?!!? Cannot wait to try them.
I saw something like it on a vegan website and tried a different version out!!
YES. I literally said this morning, “I need to make some Paleo sweets this week.” And, boom. There it is. On tap for the game tonight…
Side note: pretty sure I saw you at Wash Park this weekend – totally creepy, I know, but I noticed a girl wearing a PaleOMG tank and then someone with her that resembled you… however since we are not friends and have never met, I can’t confirm or deny this. Ok, creeper mode off.
Thanks for the killer recipes. Love them all.
Hahahaha that’s so funny Maggie!! That was definitely me and my roommate! Reppin PaleOMG everywhere, gotta love her! You totally should have said hi!! That would have been awesome!! Hope you like the bars!
MONSTER hit. Brought the leftovers to my office today as well and have many folks asking for the recipe, so hopefully some new followers are coming your way… muchas gracias mi amiga!
Thanks so much!!
Oooh, these look beyond delish! Now I’m debating whether I should make these or the caramel pecan bars this weekend.. decisions, decisions. As for relationships, they can definitely suck. Been there in the bad relationship, where you make everyone else uncomfy cuz your partner is a dick and you can’t take them anywhere. I’m sure my friends were sick of hearing about his a**hole moves, but now I think they’re sick of hearing about how awesome my current bf is LoL. It is somewhat a lose-lose for friends to hear about relationships, but hearing happy > sad/miserable every time!
Thanks for even more awesomeness Juli! Btw.. I do have that awesome hot friend you should meet 😉
Yeah friends just don’t like listening to that stuff. Fact.
OMG these look scrumptious! You rocked on this recipe and I’m so impressed with the ingredients. Do believe this will be a favorite with my 4 year old! Thank you for such a great creation,have an awesome day. 🙂
Thanks so much Jacquie!!
The caramel pecan bars were amazing so these look insanely amazing! My husband, daughter and I fought over the last caramel pecan bar so maybe I’ll just make these and hide them so I don’t have to share 😉
You gotta try these ones out with the fam Jenn!
Thanks for asnwering my question regarding the pan….another question, can lite coconut mile be used?
oops, can lite coconut mile be used?
I’m sure that would still work!
Omgahhhh, you always post the most amazing dessert recipes EVER right when I start Whole 30…frick, I love caramel, dude. & COFFEE. & CHOCOLATE! Today is Day 1….fml.
Rant over. 🙂 Can’t freakin’ wait to make these!
Lol thw whole30 is rough, good luck!!!
Oh my goodness, these might just be able to replace the turtle cake I used to make! I intensely dislike coffee, though, what could I use instead that would be powder like that?
Just remove the coffee, no need for a replacement!!
Oh my goodness, these were heavenly! I doubled it and put it in a 9×9 pan since the kids would want to eat it, and we have friends new to paleo that we’d lake to share with. I loved licking out the topping bowl with a spoonful of caramel, yum! Thanks for the great paleo treat! Seriously, I don’t know why people would want the junky treats when these are so good.
Oh, you’d love my children, by the way 🙂 My 6 yr old does Crossfit when she can with her dad, and my son is the kindest little boy! They’ve never hissed at anyone…
Those look great. I’m gonna try and make some this weekend.
And I don’t like children either.
I like you Vance
okay. I don’t crossfit 2X a day and I do eat the entire pan of whatever dessert delight you post. So my question is: can I freeze any of the above, either components like filling or the complete finished product?
Yeah I’m sure you could freeze all of the ingredients!
P.S. I think you should work in paleofied uses for a kitchen blow torch, as kitchen bad ass as you!
ooops, link ==> http://crystal-smith.suite101.com/10-ways-to-wield-your-butane-torch-in-the-kitchen-a359883
Ok…in the past three days I’ve made the sweet lemon pepper chicken, chicken enchilada stew, and these caramel bars. I have a serious problem….as in, if you post it, I will cook it. Moth to a flame here. You need shirts that say ‘WWJBC?’…what would JB cook. Ok…I have to go give the rest of these bars away….now….
Bahahaha you’re awesome! You liked the bars?!
Like them? Um…I had them for dinner. Remember how I said I was going to give them away? Ya…that totally didn’t happen. I didn’t eat the whole pan…but the night is young. Just kidding. I think.
Lol that’s epic. Glad you liked them. PS-I did the same thing
If there was a WWJBC? shirt…i’d buy it. I cannot create endlessly like you do, and it is an amazing ability in my mind. I may or may not being going page by page through your desserts and bookmarking almost all of them to my computer… I’m trying to get my body used to burning fat instead of just sugar right now, but when I am fat adapted I should be able to handle eating entire pans of your desserts, right? 🙂
Very excited to make these! I will try them with sunbutter and report back. My youngest doesn’t like almonds, but both my kids love coffee-flavored desserts & dark chocolate cuz they’re awesome like that.
Built a bridge yet Juli?
I tried pasting a Homer drooling pic in here to stress my mouth party at the pics, but also as in damn you make good gnosh num num num is an understatement
What does that even mean Alistair lol?
These were wonderful!!! YUMMMM!!!
They are!! You gotta try it!!
Seriously the most amazing thing ever!!
YAYYY!! Glad you liked them!!
These are so good! My poor food processor died in the middle of making the crust so they were a little chunky…but still really good!! Love the idea for caramel!
Proud of your for already making them but I’m sorry for your loss 🙁
DELISH – you are going to increase the dimples on my derriere … Crossfit can’t remove them, so I might as well embrace them, love them, and feed them these bars!
story of my life
I love to drink coffee but don’t like coffee flavored foods. I made these yesterday without the coffee and OMG!!! Outstanding and insanely yummy and super quick and easy.
Absolutely understandable haha glad you liked them!!
I’m going to bring these to a paleo potluck our box is having next weekend!
Oooo let me know what people think and tell them to check out the site!!
ok so chances are, its been so long since you asked me what that even means you’ll be like what the?!?!?
Anyhoo, i asked if you’d built a bridge after hating on me for dissing your photography of the eggs mash up recipe….
Ringing bells? if not, meh, you make good food so who cares
nope. still angered
Dude, these look delicious. And your blog is awesome (I’ve been on it for the past two hours). I am new to crossfit (like seriously new, only 2 days in, but I like it already!) and Paleo (which has proven to be kind of difficult for me and all of the recipes I found before your blog were super lame). I can’t wait to try all of your recipes, they look amazing! AND I live in Longmont. So bring a batch of these to my house and we can eat them and weep uncontrollably while watching the Notebook (one of my favorite pastimes).
Lol I’m down Haley!! Let’s do it!
These look great! Do you think the creamier unfiltered raw honey that you scoop out with a spoon will work well in this recipe? or should I grab the more pourable filtered stuff? Thanks!!
Yeah that works!
I am so incredibly excited to make these! We just ordered a food processor because I was so tired of seeing all the amazing Paleo things I couldn’t make without them, haha.
Proud of you Julie, best investment I have seriously ever made
My non-Paleo chocoholic mother LOVED these! Kudos! She kept raving about the carmel :0)
That’s awesome!! did she know it was paleo?!
I have started telling people that you’re my girlfriend. Seriously. Even though I am happily married with a two-year old son. Your food makes my mouth so very happy – these are like coffee-tinted nanaimo bars, and after consuming a whole pan between my three person family, I am going to make them again for a potluck we have coming up this Wednesday. Mmm… thanks so much!
haha glad you all liked the bars 🙂
Holy CRAP these are awesome! The caramel is the best in my book…wanted to just eat it out of the food processor bowl…well, I did…licked it clean after puttin’ the rest in the pan. What’s even more awesome, is that these suckers are rich enough that I didn’t feel the “need” to plow through them all at once. Love the blog…keep ’em comin!
Yeah they are super duper rich! Glad you liked them!
I hate caramel. I know… But my daughter loves it, so I made it for her, on her birthday. This is AWESOME! even I liked it. The fig crust is brilliant and rich. The “caramel” is a delicious, superior alternative for the real thing and the chewy chocolate topping is excellent. Thanks again!
Thank you so so much! Glad you guys liked it!!
I made this for Easter dinner- so so fantastic!! Everyone loved them & us cave people were glad to be able to indulge! Thank you!
I made these for Easter dinner too. I posted a picture on facebook and actually had two friends come over just for desert. We all loved it!!!
great!!! glad you all liked them!
Good!! Glad you felt that sweet satisfaction 🙂
Wow! These are divine.
I made these on saturday to help us study over easter… I had to make the caramel pecan bars today to help us study over easter…There are 2 days left before uni resumes, so banana bread french toast may have to help us study tomorrow!!
Thank you for such a great blog, fantastic food, and a great laugh!!
Much love from Oz!
Thanks so much for your support Kirstie!
so we are having these again tonight… couldn’t help but share them with friends! A perfect way to end easter & kick off whole30 tomorrow.
glad you like them!
This post was hilarious and so true. I am falling in love with this blog!
Glad you like the blog Casey 🙂
Yum, made these yesterday!
Hi do you make your own almond butter? In Australia its around $7 per cup so it makes most of your yummy recipes expensive! If you have a recipe to make it could you please send to me as Id love to try this. I just started Paleo a month ago and am loving it!
I do often make my own almond butter!! How much are raw almonds out there?
Hi Juli they are around $10 a kilo. Could you please give me your recipe for Almond butter so I can make my own and then can make all your yummy recipes! Thanks!
Here ya go, Cherie! It’s SUPER easy! I like to add some type of oil (almond, pecan, coconut, etc.) to add a little flavor. 🙂
WOW….. these are awesome. Took them out the cabin as an alternative to the normal junk food that people bring out. Everyone loved them! Thanks
Love, love your blog! I just made these, and for those who do dairy, I invented my own alternative caramel: 1 8 oz. pkg. of organic full-fat cream cheese, 1 c. coconut sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Just beat everything together, and it comes out with a really good caramel flavor. Yum.
That sounds AMAZING. I love cream cheese!!
These look incredible! I love your blog..your humor and of course, the recipes. My Husband is a HUGE fan of the Coconut mushroom chicken and every time I make it, he practically licks the plate. I will definitely be trying these babies…OMG, they look amazing. I read the comment from the person who’s husband is allergic to Almonds. Perhaps she could use Walnut butter? Just a thought.
Just put these in the freezer, and can’t WAIT to taste them. For the water for the caramel, I used the water the dates soaked in. Why waste it? And even though I like coffee, I wasn’t crazy about the idea of adding coffee grounds to the topping, so I used cocoa nibs instead. Tick, tock, tick, tock…… I have to wait 10 minutes? Really? Thanks for the great recipes!!
Amazing. Just made them. Am in love.
These are amazing… Wouldn’t change a thing about them. Had a CF birthday party to got to tonight and they were a hit!!
These were a HUGE HIT! Friends, husband, kids (paleo and non) were all raving. The ‘caramel’ alone was amazing. That’s going over some bananas or plantains someday. Love your blog! Good luck at Regionals this weekend!
I added a little pecan pie butter with the almond butter, nom nom…and I forgot to add the water & vanilla to the caramel, whoops! But they’re SO good! Salty & sweet! I’m obsessed with the caramel!! & omgosh, I had no idea melting chocolate in the microwave was so easy! I’ve burned chocolate on the stove a couple times before and thought I’d never have smooth, silky chocolate without a stupid double boiler. Yay! Can’t wait to make the Caramel Pecan Bars! Keep the sweets comin’!
I’m making these tonight (it’s 10:30) for my Sister who is arriving for the weekend. My question is how much water do you soak the dates in? and am I supposed to use the soaking water AND the dates..or just the softened dates. I’m confused. Thanks.
Just enough to cover the dates Marianne
Thought you might like to know that I am making this for my husband and I to take with us on date night Saturday night. We used to go to Cold Stone for a fun dessert, but now we are taking this with us, instead!
I made these last night as a special Cinco De Mayo Treat, and OMG they are HEAVENLY / LETHAL!!
I didn’t have a bread pan, so I just spread out the ingredients in a Pie Pan and they turned out great!
Also, didn’t have the chocolate chips that you referenced, so I just used a few squares of 100% Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate and melted w/ the coconut milk and a little raw honey – AH-MAZING.
I ate about a fifth of the recipe last night (OOPS!!!), which is clearly a testament of my lack of self control when sweets are in the house. . LOL! I’ll be slicing up the rest and freezing in little individually portioned ziploc bags for future indulgences 🙂
Good Luck in the final event of Regionals this afternoon!
Best paleo treat i’ve ever made and thanks to you i’m getting fat on these!! ha
Congrates on your regionals performance!
Thank you Juli! These are AMAZING. I never though Paleo treats could actually taste good. You proved me wrong!
Made these yesterday for a paleo potluck my friends and I have about once a month. Thanks to these, I am now the designated Paleo dessert person! These are probably the BEST desserts I have ever made (non paleo desserts included). Thank you so much! You never disappoint!
Chocolate, caramel, and coffee….you had me at hello!!!
The best is when you get a little chunk of fig in the crust. Probably means I didn’t process it enough but it’s like finding a little figgy treasure!
These make my life. Thanks, Juli! (Great job at regionals, btw!)
Dude, had these today. Im pretty much a dessert connoisseur and this little number rocked! I can’t believe I had figs and dates and stinking loved it. You officially have street cred and I will proceed to make all your desserts.
these are soooo rich! a tiny square is enough to satisfy my mammoth sweet tooth. will be making again and again. thank you for sharing!
Wow!! I made these last night. AMAZING!!! Totally hit the spot for a woman needing some chocolate. This combines my 3 favorite things. Thank you for sharing!!!
You and I were destined to be friends. Just sayin. Can’t wait to eat the shit out of these!
Did you know you are now famous in Switzerland? I’ve shared your site around with everybody I know and made some of your stuff to share at our crossfit bootcamp. Sadly, these chocolate coffee caramel bars will never last long enough to get shared with anybody. That’s right, not gonna share. They are the best treat ever…paleo or otherwise.
I had the stuff to make these forever but I didn’t get around to it until today because my husband is out of town and I’m sad or something.
OH MY GOD. SO GOOD. The only thing I did differently was I used a heaping half-cup of soaked and dehydrated cashews and ground that down in place of almond butter; it removes the phytic acid and makes the nutrients more available, plus cashews have less unsaturated fat and omega-6s than almonds and I’m anal like that. The cashews were much drier than almond butter, but the crust turned out great without adding any other liquid. Tasted like a Larabar. Oh, and I used figs, natural cocoa powder, and some fancy-ass Kona coffee if anyone cares. I did everything else the same, right down to the “Enjoy Life” brand chocolate chips.
They’re super rich and amazing. Thanks so much, I love your blog!
Perfect birthday dessert!
Thank you, Juli!!!!
These were quite possibly the best dessert I have ever had, quite amazing! keep it up!
OMG! This look awesome! I am new to pale/primal and I am hooked on your blog! I made your granola last Friday and it’s almost all gone. By me. Alone. So not good. A friend of mine who is super picky and will eat only chocolate is coming over this weekend so I thought I would try these out on her. In your recipe you have “1/4 canned coconut milk”. Is that 1/4 cup or 1/4 of a whole can? Thanks for all the incredible recipes! You are making my transition to paleo so much easier. And as a law student, I need easy right now! 🙂
Sorry about that Debski, just changed that. It should be 1/4 CUP canned coconut milk.
Thank you so much! I cannot wait to make these! So much for losing that 6 lbs!
This was the first recipe from your blog that I have ever made and I am in love. So good! I ate almost all of it and am heading back to Whole Foods today to make some more. Next, I will make the sweet potato brownies and watch the buttons fly of my skinny jeans. Yikes!
I have been wanting make these since you posted them. Finally made them today. And…of course they were fabulous!
This was absolutely fantastic! I emailed this recipe to my mother in law and she made this dessert for a family dinner.
This is heaven in my mouth! Everyone LOVED it!
Wow! I just made a double batch of these for a family reunion tomorrow. (I had to have some kind of dessert there I could actually eat. What kind of a reunion would it be without dessert?!) Just the individual layers taste amazing! I’m afraid it might not survive 24 hours to be shared…….
This is the most amazing dessert I’ve ever made. Since i’ve gone paleo, i’ve been looking for dessert to make, and this one even tops the non paleo desserts. Great recipe! I’ve made it 2 times in a row already. My husband gives it 2 thumbs up as well.
I may be your newest biggest fan.. not fully Paleo, just into clean eating,,, but YOU are making it soooooo easy, I really think I am an addict to your site. I cannot stay off of here. So I made these yesterday, for a little football watching party, and let’s just say~ they were a huge hit! I still cannot believe it! but the proof is in the pudding (actually your avocado pudding is on my list for tomorrow) This almost taste like Ghiradelle’s Salted Caramel that I love but do not need! THANK YOU THANK YOU !!
Here is my question to you! I’m also really sugar sensitive, in that, I look at a brownie and it attaches itself to my belly. Not cute. How does eating a treat such as these delightful brownies feel on your system? After I finish Whole30, I’d love to make some of these treats but I am scared!!!
These feel much better than regular, gluten treats, but I definitely can’t eat a ton. I have to be careful and not eat very much
Ohmyword are these good!!! I can’t stop inhaling them!!
Omg these are soooo sooooo delicious!
My mini food processor isn’t handling these recipes too well though. Before I invest in a decent one…any suggestions?
honestly, just get a better one. it will be a great investment
I’ve been wanting to try these for forever and finally got around to it. Even though my food processor died along the way, it was totally worth it.
I’m thinking that I’ll take these to Thanksgiving dinner they’re so delicious!
Hmmm, I’m wondering if this would work with coconut butter instead of the almond butter? What do you think?? Looks amazing!!
Wow! I discovered your blog last week while trying to find some nice paleo treats. Love your blog! You make me laugh and smile! This is the first recipe I’ve tried of yours and it is AWESOME!!!! Can’t wait to share this with my friends and can’t wait to try some more of your recipes!
Oh yes, and Juli, when your cookbook is published, I will be buying it! Make sure we can buy it in the United Kingdom too! xxx
These are freaking fantastic – like a chocolate mating call. As if there are other mating calls…
This is hands-down the best dessert in the universe. I’m talking UNCONTROLLABLE groaning. I think I might cry.
I’ve just made this, and it’s fantastic.:))) Thank you very much.
Juli – these are insanely good!!!! I did make them with subnutter just because I prefer the taste. They were so good and if it wasn’t the evening and I wasn’t pregnant I would have eaten so much more! You rock love your recipes…thanks for sharing your amazin food.
I made these for Thanksgiving since they are featured in your oh-so-handy recipe roundup! It is killing me not to try a bite after reading all of these comments but the pan (9″ round, btw) will sit in the freezer until Thursday comes. Aaaah… (Side note, I used peanut butter because it was less than half as much as almond butter… no regrets. I love both!)
ridiculous goodness you have created here!!
Planning on making these tomorrow. If I sub dates for the figs in the crust should I still use 12 dates instead of 12 figs?
yes, that should work just fine!
Dying to make these and I have all the ingredients on hand except for the Medjool dates. I have regular ones that I buy to make our own lara type bars. Will these work if I soak them or does it have to be the Medjool to make it work? I know those suckers are much bigger than regular ones, so besides compensating for size difference…
no it doesn’t! other kinds would work!
OK Juli – Not that I am complaining – – but virtually every recipe I make from your blog is stellar! It’s just not right… Keep the stellar eats coming.
These just had too much fruity date flavor for me. I was expecting more of a rich, brownie type crust. The crust just wasn’t that chocolatey tasting, even with an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder. The only part I really liked was the chocolate layer on top. If it wasn’t such a labor intensive treat, I would try it again with less dates.
YUM! 5 Stars.
Thanks for the recipe. I can’t figure out how to post any of the pictures I took when I made them, but I posted them on my review of this recipe. In love with this recipe. In love. http://www.heyheyhoneybee.com/gooey-salted-carmel-chocolate-bars/
I came across your blog on day 1 or 2 of the Whole 30 cleanse. I have tried several of your recipes and was looking forward to these bars as my reward for completion of the cleanse. These bars were incredible. I think they rocked my world! Even my husband, who is rather finicky, liked them, too. Love your recipes and your blog–it gets me through the long afternoons at work!
THESE. ARE. SOOOOOOO. GOOD. AND easy to make. Oh I forgot to post, THESE ARE SOOOOO GOOD.
I have enjoyed many of your recipes, Juli. I made these as my reward after a Whole30 cleanse, and they were delicious! Even my picky husband liked them. I would have never thought you could make a caramel with dates. Genius! Too bad I can’t give this recipe more than 5 stars.
These are so delicious!!! Thanks so much for the excellent recipe – yet again! Your blog makes me happy!
These are amazing, my sister and I just made them.
However, for tools like us this recipe took about an hour… where did we go wrong….
Keep the amazing, drool worthy recipes coming!
You are truly a woman I admire – I couldn’t have said better how I feel about relationships and listening re other people’s relationships. My one true love is also food! Would it be weird to have framed photos of ones favorite dishes framed and on the wall? Although I have wonderful grown sons and grandkids, I don’t like children either, as a rule. Thanks for the awesome recipes.
Holy Shit! We were made for each other! You hate relationships….I hate relationships! You hate kids….I hate kids! You spend Friday night in the kitchen making food porn….I spend Friday night in the kitchen making food porn! And they say internet relationships never work out…….
This recipe and a little Louis Prima….I am so ready for a great night. 😉
Is ghee or coconut butter an acceptable replacement for the almond butter?
no, they are very different and wouldn’t work for this recipe
I just made these. My Black&Decker food processor couldn’t handle the crust ingredients. I had to do batches in my Magic Bullet. Are you allowed to suggest a great food processor – as I’m sure I’ll want to make these again. The first 2 layers are super sweet, but the bitterness of the dark Enjoy Life chocolate helps cut the sweetness when all the layers are together. Can’t wait to make the Pecan Caramel bars!!
You should just date Jimmy Dever. . . I’m not biased or anything ha
cant wait to try this one!
LOL You make me laugh every day. I love your blog, as much for you, if not more, than your recipes which I really like, too. You are a hoot and I enjoy your dialog. Keep up the spectacular work!
This is the first “treat” recipe I’ve made from your blog, and I just wanted to say how ridiculously good they turned out. I cut them really small and have eaten a ton of them in the past day. It’s kind of miraculous how the dates and coconut milk (I used Trader Joe’s coconut cream and a couple extra Tbsp of water) turn into the “caramel.” My only recommendation is to suggest a specific size pan. I wasn’t sure what you meant by bread pan and thought if I used a loaf pan, they would be too thick, so I used a 9″ round pie plate. The thickness was perfect. Thank you for all your hard work!
My first treat recipe from your site. A piece of heaven! My husband keeps blaming me for him falling off the paleo wagon. I don’t think he believes that I didn’t use refined sugar and butter! We are not missing our old life!
I had no figs, but did have some very brown leathery unsulphered peaches. I soaked them first, drained well and proceeded from there. I also doubled the amount of dates, as 12-14 dates in my food processor just isn;t enough volume for the blade to get a hold of. Really delish. Thanks. Messy as hell to make though fun to like the spatulas.
Oh man. I made these tonight, but I soaked the dates in water and RUM before making the caramel.
Happy New Year, indeed.
It looks delicious!!! Have to prepare it 🙂
Made these today and my husband, who has a very non-paleo sweet tooth, says “This is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had”
(I did sub a tsp of instant coffee for the coffee grounds, and used deglet noor dates since I was out of medjools.)
My caramel is too watery! Help!
I just made this for Easter dinner and it was fantastic. Very easy, straightforward, and will be my go-to recipe to bring to parties. Thanks Juli!
WOW! Actually so delicious and relatively easy to make. Just be sure to remember to soak the dates ahead of time so that you don’t find yourself ready to make the caramel but stuck waiting an hour. But seriously SO SO delicious, definitely a winning recipe, definitely going to make this again.
I made these 6 months ago, froze half then forgot about them. Just defrosted them yesterday and OMG just as fabulous as the day I made em. This is an amazing recipe, thanks!!