They became so popular that people would call up the shop asking to place bulk orders! Ellie would always tell anyone who asked for the recipe that it was a secret, but now that she can’t make them for the shop anymore, she thought it’s only fair to share the recipe with the world. The secret to that perfect caramel flavour and crunchy texture is the caramelised buckini cluster granola mixed through, which Ellie buys from her local bulk wholefood store.
Gooey caramel paste (makes 2 cups)
- To make gooey caramel paste, place the dates in a food processor with 1 cup of water and blitz until smooth and creamy. The paste should be thick enough to stick to a spoon held upside down. Transfer to a jar, reserving half a cup for your caramel balls. This caramel paste will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to a month (defrost before using).
- To make the crunchy salted caramel balls, first line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the cashews and coconut flakes in a food processor or blender and blitz to a fine crumb. Transfer to a mixing bowl with the caramel paste, salt and buckini clusters (crumble some of the bigger chunks). Mix well with your hands to form a thick, sticky mixture. Wash and dry your hands.
- Place the desiccated coconut in a shallow bowl for rolling. Form heaped tablespoons of the mixture into 12 balls (about 50 grams each). Roll each ball in the coconut and place on the prepared tray. Freeze for 2 to 4 hours, or until set.
These are delicious eaten straight from the freezer or fridge. They store well in a sealed container in the freezer for 3 weeks, or in the fridge for 7 days – if they last that long!