My Nana’s Sweet Caramel Kisses Recipe reminds me of long holidays with my Gran. For as long as I can remember until a few months ago when she moved in to an aged care home, my Nana kept caramel kisses in the house. These sweet caramel treats are as imprinted on my memories as Nana hugs and stray cats. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the cats. They are a post on their own. My Nana’s Sweet Caramel Kisses recipe is a raw version of the original caramel kiss. Trust me, being healthier does not to interfere with the sweet caramel coconut flavour. My Nana just wouldn’t allow it.
At ninety-seven, my Nana is the original sweet tooth. Long walks, cups of tea, iced-vovo biscuits and caramel kisses filled our holiday visits. I am not sure if she kept sweets when we weren’t there but I like to think she did. The last time we visited she pushed around her hot lunch making an adequate hole in the meal before making a beeline for her sweet rice pudding. I think it’s safe to assume she kept sweets for herself not just for her gaggle of grandchildren.
My Nana walked. Before her legs failed her, she walked incredible distances and dragged us grandkids with her. She never had a driver’s license so trips to the Port, the beach or shopping centre were on foot. It is a twisted Murphy who created the law that her legs be the thing to fail her. My Nan kept vibrant and healthy with daily walks; yoga and pilates being something swarmis did in foreign lands or on the Burt Newton Show. She never saw a chia seed, couldn’t spell agave and wouldn’t quit sugar for all the dates in the world. My Nan was and is old school. She enjoys her sweets, doesn’t drink except for the odd shandy on a hot day and loves to sit in the sun whether she remembered to wear sunscreen or no. It’s not fashionable but fashion is fleeting and my Nan is ninety-seven. She seen all the fashions. Twice.
My Nan will forgive me turning her beloved caramel kisses in to a healthier treat because they are so darn good. My Nana’s Sweet Caramel Kisses recipe uses dates, oats and almond butter to create chewy fudge squares filled with traditional caramel flavours. Rolled in coconut, they are so close to the original not-so-healthy treat I don’t think even my Nan would notice the difference.
I am impatient so a good treat in my book is a quickly made one. My Nana’s Sweet Caramel Kisses recipe is done in 10 minutes flat. I made my own almond butter but before you confuse me with a barefoot Martha Stewart, I had almonds to spare and it is way cheaper than store bought almond butter. If using store bought butter this recipe comes together quickly in the food processor and after 30 minutes in the fridge it is ready to go. Simples and easy. Enjoy, x.
My Nana's Sweet Caramel Kisses
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 10 - 12 medjool dates pitted and chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- Line a small brownie pan with grease proof paper.
- Put the rolled oats in a food processor and blitz to a rough flour (about 10 seconds)
- With the processor running, add the chopped dates through the feeder.
- Add the almond butter, the vanilla and finally the melted coconut oil. Process until combined.
- Remove from the processor and press the "dough" in to the lined brownie pan.
- Sprinkle evenly with coconut and press down.
- Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Remove from fridge and cut in to squares. Store in an airtight container.