Chocolate Caramel Slice (Paleo, No-Bake)

Perfect for summer, or as a sweet treat for the holidays and birthday parties, this delicious chocolate caramel slice recipe is gluten-free, paleo and dairy-free. The best part – no baking is required!


No Bake Paleo Chocolate Caramel Slice

Chocolate Caramel Slice

Chocolate caramel slice has got to be one of Australia’s favourite sweet treats. Every bakery and café has one but they are often loaded with refined sugar. I wanted to create a healthier version of this scrumptious dessert using ingredients free from grains, gluten, dairy and refined sugar.

This slice has a slightly softer texture than a regular caramel slice but the flavour is incredible. It’s caramel-sweet with a hint of sea salt, a little nutty, and chocolat-y, of course.

My secret hidden ingredient? Gelatine. It helps to give the caramel layer a slightly bouncy texture AND it’s good for your gut health.

You might like my other no-bake desserts such as the strawberry cheesecake bars and coconut yoghurt panna cotta.

chocolate caramel slice paleo vegan gluten-free recipe.

How To Make Chocolate Caramel Slice

You will find the full list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below. Here are some simple steps and photos to guide you along.

  • Soak the dates in hot water for 15 minutes. 
  • Prepare the tin as per recipe instructions below.
soaking date in hot water.
  • Process the nuts and other crust ingredients and spread them into a firm layer in the baking tin. Freeze while making the caramel sauce.
grind the nuts and combine the crust crumbs mixture in a food, spread on a baking tray.
  • Process the ingredients for the caramel sauce and cook it for 2-3 minutes in a small pot. Combine with gelatine and spread over the crust later. Freeze again for 15-20 minutes while making the chocolate layer.
making caramel sauce with gelatin.
  • Make the chocolate sauce and pour it over the firmed-up caramel layer.
making the chocolate layer of the caramel slice.
  • Cover with Gladwrap and place back in the freezer for another 30 minutes to an hour. After that you can keep the tin in the refrigerator overnight before slicing, if you like. Otherwise, feel free to slice once set in the freezer.
slicing chocolate caramel slice after it's been set in the freezer.

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No Bake Paleo Chocolate Caramel Slice

No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Slice

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 slices
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
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4.78 from 9 votes
Calories: 274kcal
This Australian-inspired caramel chocolate slice recipe will delight the kids and the grownups. Bring them to a party or serve them as a dessert; the best part, no baking is required so they are great for summer. See more step-by-step pictures of this recipe below.

Ingredients 

For the base layer

  • 1 cup almond meal ground almonds
  • 2/3 cup pecans
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil heaped
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 4 Medjool dates pits removed

For the caramel layer

  • 250 g Medjool dates about9 oz. weight with pits, about 10 dates, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 1 cup coconut milk full-fat, 60% coconut content, shake the can first
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter or almond butter, heaped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil heaped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine powder
  • 2 tablespoons warm water

For the chocolate layer

  • 1/3 cup cacao powder sieved through
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup you can use less if you prefer the chocolate layer to be less sweet

Instructions

  • Prepare the slice tin. I used a deep 9” x 9” square tin for the slice. Grease a square sheet of parchment or baking paper with some coconut oil. Make sure it’s big enough to cover the bottom and the sides of the tin. Place it inside the tin, press down to the bottom and the sides, and cut an incision in each corner of the paper. Cut away excess corners and flatten the paper to the tin (see image below).
  • Make the base layer. Add all of the base layer ingredients to a food processor fitted with an S-blade. Process on high speed until ground up into fine crumbs and the mixture starts to come together. Stop and scrape the sides a few times along the way.
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and spread it evenly to cover the full surface. Using your fingers, press the mixture well into the corners and flatten it until smooth and even. Make sure there are no cracks or gaps. Cover with Gladwrap and place in the freezer, while you make the caramel layer.
  • Make the caramel layer. Place all of the ingredients, except for gelatine and warm water, into a high-speed blender or a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping the sides along the way.
  • Transfer the mixture to a small pot and place over medium heat. Stir continuously for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Dissolve the gelatine powder in warm water, stirring really well. It will turn into gelatinous, applesauce like consistency (this is called blooming the gelatine). At this stage, add this gelatine mixture to the caramel sauce and stir vigorously until well incorporated.
  • Remove the tin from the freezer. Pour the caramel mixture over the base layer and spread evenly, making sure it goes to the corners. Cover with glad wrap and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Prepare the chocolate layer. Do this step after the caramel layer has set slightly. Add all of the ingredients to a heatproof bowl and place over a pot of boiling water (double-boiler style). Allow the coconut oil to melt slightly as you stir the mixture gently. Place the pot over medium heat and keep stirring the chocolate mixture until completely melted, well incorporated and glossy (about 2 minutes). If the mixture gets too hot and steamy, remove from heat and keep stirring.
  • Remove the tin from the freezer and pour in the chocolate mixture. Spread it evenly, filling in the corners, then cover with Gladwrap and place back in the freezer for another 30 minutes to an hour. After that you can keep the tin in the refrigerator overnight before slicing, if you like. Otherwise, feel free to slice once set in the freezer.
  • Gently lift the corners of the paper in the tin and transfer the slice to a cutting board. Slice into even squares and store in the fridge in the same tin or in an airtight container, separated with sheets of parchment paper to prevent the slices from sticking to each other.
  • The slice will keep up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Serving size is 1-2 slices.

Notes

Coconut oil was measured while in a solidified state. Other nuts can be used in place of pecans. Ground hazelnuts can be used in place of almonds.

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Chocolate, Caramel, Paleo, Slice, No Cook
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Irena Macri
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25 Comments
  1. 5 stars
    I can’t think of anything else I’d rather eat right now! Chocolate and caramel are a deadly combo I can never be trusted around, but luckily these are super healthy! 🙂

  2. Oh lordy, these look absolutely incredible. I love that we get to share in the cuisine and culture of your country. I think that is one of the most powerful things about cooking, don’t you?

  3. This looks so good! And the fact that it’s no-bake is perfect (especially since I just made some cookies and I think my oven is on the fritz because half of them burned!). I don’t think my holiday “baking” is over after looking at this!

  4. YUM! I have no doubt that I could eat 5 of these in one sitting! It’s awesome that you took the time to transform a holiday favorite of yours into something both delicious and nutritious for Paleo fans to enjoy.

  5. 5 stars
    Made this to share with various friends over the weekend and it was a huge success! Even the true ‘foodies’ were impressed. The slice turned out perfectly, even though I used the cheaper dried dates (instead of Mejool). I think I will be quicker at making it next time and there will DEFINITELY be a next time! Thanks for the recipe, it’s a real winner.

  6. Hello, would these work without gelatine? I’m vegetarian. I need some new raw treat recipes and this looks amazing!

    1. Hey Lynda, you can use agar agar powder in place of gelatine. Just check what the amounts conversions are but it should work just as well.

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