Mint Chocolate-Caramel Chews

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The Plant-Based Cookbook: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Recipes for Lifelong Health

By Ashley Madden

Published 2021

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These caramels were inspired by after-dinner mints. Unlike traditional caramels made with uber-processed ingredients and lots of sugar, these caramels are made with brain-healthy walnuts and creamy Medjool dates. They’re minty, chewy, and mildly addictive. My favorite way to eat these delicious chews is right out of the freezer.


  • ½ cup walnuts, soaked in warm water for 2–3 hours
  • ½ packed cup pitted, soft Medjool dates
  • ¼



  1. Drain the walnuts, discard the soaking liquid, and place the drained walnuts in a food processor with the pitted dates, cocoa or cacao powder, mint extract, and salt.
  2. Process continuously. The mix will first turn into crumbles but will eventually stick together and start rolling around in a ball. Scrape down the container a couple of times th