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Paleo Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bites

Posted by Vanessa Barajas on

Did somebody say Salted Caramel? Oh my geez. Salt and Caramel just go together like the Clean & Jerk. Sure they’re great on their own, but together, they are magic. These Paleo Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bites will make you want to do an AMBAP…As Many Bites As Possible.

They are quick, easy, and decadent.

Your non-paleo friends will be so impressed they will immediately convert to a Paleo diet and never doubt you again.  Maybe that’s a stretch, but at least you can get them to stop asking you, “what exactly can you eat again?”

These, baby.  I can eat these.

Paleo Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bites Recipe

*Makes 24

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1 heaping cup raw pecans
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of creamy almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup grade B
  • a few pinches of pink himalayan salt

For the filling:

  • 1 heaping cup raw cashews (soaked at least for 4 hours, overnight is better)
  • 1/2 cup peeled & diced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup grade B
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar (If you don’t have coconut palm sugar just use another 2 tbs. of maple syrup for a total of 4 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut water
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • The juice of one medium lemon

For the caramel:

  • 1/2 cup of grass-fed butter (or ghee)
  • 1 cup of coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup of canned coconut milk, full fat (room temp.)
  • 3 organic cage-fee egg yolks
  • few pinches of pink himalayan salt

Directions:

  1. Prepare the crust by placing the pecans in a food processor and grind them into fine meal. Add the rest of the crust ingredients and process again until well combined. Line the bottom of a mini cupcake pan with mini cupcake liners, then press the crust evenly into the bottom of the liners. Place the pan in the freezer to set, while you prepare the filling.
  2. In a high-powered blender, process the raw cashews until they are blended. Add in the zucchini, coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, almond milk, coconut water, vanilla extract, salt, and lemon juice. For the lemon juice go by taste as not to overdo it with lemon flavor. I started by juicing half of the lemon, mixing and tasting, and adding more. Add as needed to your preference. Then blend again until a super smooth and creamy batter is formed. If your batter is too thick try adding a little more almond milk or coconut water until the desired smooth creamy batter consistency is reached.
  3. Pour the cheesecake batter into a decorating bag or ziplock bag, cut a hole in the corner and then pour the filling on top of the crust almost to the top, leaving some room for the caramel. Allow to set in the freezer for at least an hour. While the filling is setting go ahead and make your caramel.
  4. To make the caramel, melt the grass-fed butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Then add the coconut palm sugar and combine with the melted butter using a whisk. Now add the coconut milk and whisk again until combined.
  5. Stir in the egg yolks one at a time with the whisk until combined. Then stir in a few pinches of salt. Let the mixture sit over low heat for about 5 minutes, use a whisk to stir the mixture intermittently.
  6. Now turn up the heat to medium high until the caramel mixture starts to boil. Whisk, then let boil for about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat, stir and allow to cool. At this point it should be the consistency of a thick soup and taste incredible. Go ahead, lick the whisk, I won’t tell. It will thicken as it starts to cool.
  7. Once your cheesecake bites are hardened, fill a decorating bag or a ziplock bag with the caramel and cut off the tip. Squeeze a dollop of caramel on the top of eat cheesecake bite and use the flat side of a spoon to evenly spread over the top. Once the caramel has set, sprinkle pink himalayan salt on the tops. Store cheesecake bites in the freezer in between eating sessions and remove about 10-15 minutes or so before serving so they can thaw a bit. Enjoy!

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