Do you know the hardest part about creating a recipe? Naming it. For me, coming up with a recipe is pretty easy; I throw together ingredients I like and create a tasty treat or meal and if it’s up to standards, then I put it on my blog. But coming up with a title for my meal or a catchy name for a treat is something I really struggle with! I create this beautiful, decadent, satisfying work of art and have to come up with a name that gives it justice – a title that gives it meaning, describes its taste/texture/smell and that captivates readers.
There are a lot of things I could have called these Nutty Layered Caramel Bars. I thought about 3 layer bars, but that tells you nothing except the fact that they are layered. And does the chocolate drizzle count as a layer? Or what about Maple-Date bars or Maple Nut bars? But maple isn’t the emphasis of this recipe. There are quite a few dates. But I used the dates in a way to make caramel for the top layer. And then what about the nuts? Almonds and pecans were used in this recipe. If I wanted to be super specific, I suppose I could have called these bars Layered Almond-Pecan-Maple-Date Bars with a Chocolate Drizzle. But, yah…that’s too much of a mouthful.
See the struggle I faced?! Every now and then I will get an easy recipe with one main ingredient that is simple to name. Other times I’m faced with this dilemma.
Anyway, enough with this naming business, more about these Nutty Layered Caramel Bars! These bars are no-bake, gluten-free, vegan and delicious (of course). They have 3 layers and a chocolate drizzle, which is optional but recommended. And without further ado, here is the recipe:
Chocolate Drizzle (optional)
*Be careful when processing, as liquid may escape from any cracks in the food processor (happened to me and made a mess!) I had to press down the lid of my food processor to ensure a tight seal.
**I recommend cutting your bars before adding the chocolate drizzle. Also, there will most likely be leftover chocolate, which you can set aside and harden in the fridge for an extra treat 🙂
Post chocolate drizzle
Category: Recipes, Treats, Uncategorized, VeganTags: almond, bar cookies, caramel, chocolate, date, dessert, glutenfree, healthydessert, layer bar, maple syrup, nutty caramel bars, oats, paleoish, pecan, recipe, treat, Vegan, vegandessert
I'm Katie - wife to a loving husband & mother to two sweet boys. I am a stay-at-home-mom with a passion for all things health & fitness. I believe in nourishment for the body, mind & soul through eating real food, practicing proper fitness & living without restriction. Join me in creating healthy recipes and learning to live a balanced, fulfilling life!