We have a big all star game tomorrow, though unfortunately I will be missing it. One of my parents was hospitalized this week so I am flying back to California for a weekend visit.
As I tucked my older son into bed tonight he said, “I want extra snuggles since I won’t see you until Sunday.” He was very disappointed that I would be missing his game and couldn’t completely understand how a hospital visit could take priority over his tournament. I did pack a couple of batches of Almond Butter Blondies for his team (to keep them energized during the game) and am hoping my husband will remember to take them along tomorrow.
I also made these macadamia caramel clusters for my husband. I experimented with them earlier this week and he just about ate the entire test batch –I took that as a sign that they were good enough to share with all of you. I hope you like them as much as he does.
Macadamia Caramel Clusters
- ½ cup creamy roasted almond butter
- ½ cup agave nectar or honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1 cup macadamia nuts, toasted
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Combine almond butter and agave in a medium saucepan over low heat
- Stir in vanilla and salt, then add macadamia nuts
- Allow mixture to cool a few minutes
- Drop mixture by the tablespoonful onto a parchment paper lined dish
- Place dish in freezer for 10 minutes
- Melt chocolate in a medium saucepan over lowest heat possible, stirring continuously to avoid scorching
- Remove dish from freezer and drop chocolate over each caramel cluster, spreading gently to coat
- Store macadamia caramel clusters in freezer
- Remove from freezer just before serving (if left out for long they become quite messy)
My husband said these remind him of my candy bars –though says these are better. What do you think? Macadamia Caramel Clusters or Candy Bars? What’ll it be?
Would this work with the candy quick mets? It sets up hard
Kelli Anderson says
I would like to take these to a work cookout, could I add coconut to the chocolate mixture to keep the ‘messy’ factor to a minimum? or would I mess up the whole thing?
Lindsie M. says
Thank you so much for this yummy recipe! My family is gluten, soy and casein free so this caramel treat was SO perfect and my little girl loves caramel and said this was AMAZING!
I will never crave a Snickers Ice Cream Bar again. I will crave these.
Laurie Goforth says
I made these yesterday and they are delicious! Calculated nutritional information on My Fitness Pal using 15 servings:
232 Calories; 16 gm. fat; 23 gm. carbs; 18 gm. sugar.
I made these with pecans! I am a Texan afterall. They are delicious.
I also cut back on the vanilla. Is 1 tablespoon a typo? because that seemed like a too much
Mary Lou Ridler says
I can’t have these, (fodmap & Ibs), so I made them for my husband to eat them for me. Sunday is his cheat day, from working out and eating clean. He is being quiet the obedient husband, and indulging with abandon. Thanks for the recipe.
JoBeth Fruechtnicht says
Elana, thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I can’t tell you how much of a blessing they are to me and my family. My girls and I both have Celiac Disease and two of my aunts had MS (they both passed from other conditions). Your story is near and dear to my hear.
I do have a question about this recipe: do you know if the honey or agave nectar can be substituted with maple syrup?
I made these last night and used 1/4 cup honey plus 1/4 cup maple syrup. I am eating them frozen and they are amazing.
I am on the hunt for a good roasted almond butter. Do you have a go to brand or do you make your own? If you make your own, how do you do it? Thank you so much. I am new to the gluten free lifestyle but feel so much better already. I enjoy following your blog!
Laurie Goforth says
I thought I would share this recipe I ran across for making roasted almond butter. I’ve tried raw almond butter and it takes much longer. The roasted almonds blend and cream up quicker. http://24carrotkitchen.com/my-favorite-almond-butter/
Laurie Goforth says
What kind of chocolate chunks are best with this? It looks amazing!