If you’ve never heard of Carmelitas before, they are a traditional part cookie, part cake dessert that’s jam packed with caramel. They are crumbly and messy – and sometimes they are made with some chocolate as well. Basically, they are a really, really good dessert.
The carmelitas that I like to bake are just as delicious but are Paleo, gluten free and really healthy, as far as desserts go. They are also packed with all the things that are good in life, like almond butter, and some caramel – and even some chopped nuts.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is not only how good it is, but also how easy it is to whip together. I love recipes that use simple ingredients – and this is one of those. The process is more or less mixing things together and then baking. So there are no complicated steps or a million instructions.
For the caramel, I went with a homemade version of Paleo caramel that’s just to die for! It’s made with 3 parts of coconut milk, 1 part coconut sugar and a bit of vanilla. Then just combine everything in a saucepan and bring to a boil, frequently stirring for around 40 minutes or until the caramel is thick.
The caramel binds everything together and it’s so so good – you’ll want to have it on top of everything (Wait! Is that just me?). But seriously, this caramel is way beyond good and can be kept in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, which is pretty awesome as well.
But back to the carmelitas – serve them warm for an indulgent treat.
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I'm in love with these! The caramel sauce is so good and really compliments the nuts.
- 2 Cups Almond Flour
- 1 ½ Cups Almond Butter (melted)
- 1 Tbl Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Raw Honey
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Real Salt
- 1 Cup Chopped Nuts
- 3 Cups Coconut Milk
- 1 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Bring to a boil and cook for 40 minutes or until the caramel is thick, stir frequently.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a bowl, mix the flour, butter, vanilla extract, honey, baking soda, salt, and half the chopped nuts, until well blended.
Pour the batter into a greased pan and press evenly.
Cover the batter with half of the salted caramel sauce, and place into the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes or until done.
Cover with remaining salted caramel sauce and chopped nuts.
Cut into bars, serve, and enjoy.