Cashew Caramel Squares. OMG, you guys! I just made the most epic treat. Initially, I was trying to make a cashew brittle, but the end product was more of a caramel-like texture.
The taste was out of this world delicious! The best part? You only need 4 simple ingredients! If you like desserts with small ingredient lists, you may also like this post.
This healthier holiday treat is vegan, gluten free and paleo approved! It would be perfect for holiday parties or a cookie swap.
I do need to note, that if kept out of the fridge for too long, they do get quite soft, so these are best stored in the fridge. I told Marcus to take them to work, but he didn’t want to share haha!
Looking for more caramel recipes?
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Tarts
- Flourless Toasted Coconut Caramel Cookies
- Salted Caramel Fudge
- Coffee Caramel Chip Ice Cream
Cashew Caramel Squares
Yields 12-18 squares
Only 4 simple ingredients to make this healthier holiday treat!
5 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup cashew butter (I am sure another nut butter may work too)
- 3/4 cup chopped cashews
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- In a medium sized saucepan , on medium to medium high heat, add the maple syrup and cashew butter.
- Stir well so the cashew butter can melt into the maple syrup.
- Keep cooking to let the mixture reduce. You will need to keep stirring often and you may need to turn down the heat as the mixture reduces. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Watch it very carefully. You don't want the mixture to burn or over-cook.
- Once the mixture has reduced and thickened a bit (about 15-20 minutes later), add the cashews and salt and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so. You want it to be a syrupy consistency before you spread it on the tray.
- Pour the mixture into a parchment lined baking dish . Spread it out so it's about 1/4 inch thick. Place the baking dish in the fridge to cool for about 40 minutes.
- Once cooled, cut into squares and store in a container with parchment paper in between each layer of squares. Enjoy!!
These should last several weeks in the fridge. The may even be able to be frozen.