Emily Von Euw’s Caramel Mocha Bars
August 30, 2014

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I doubt that Emily Von Euw needs much of an introduction from me. She’s the warm, spirited, and supercool blogger behind This Rawsome Vegan Life. Emily’s blog may well be the internet’s most concentrated source of gorgeous raw, vegan dessert recipes. I’ve been following Emily’s blog for quite some time, and I’ve enjoyed watching it grow into the wildly popular resource it is today.

People are drawn to Emily’s blog for certain obvious reasons: the food is beautifully photographed, and the recipes are always droolworthy. But I think that folks are also drawn to her laid back, loving voice. Emily’s passionate about raw food, but she’s also flexible, non-dogmatic, and incredibly welcoming. She’s the sort of person I wish I could hang out with for a few hours, digging into a thick slice of blueberry vanilla creme cake, or perhaps a deep dish chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake, chatting, and laughing.

Emily’s blog features savory recipes as well as sweet ones, and they’re lovely; her raw pesto pizza has been on my list for a while. But she really seems to shine when she’s sharing her beautiful sweets, and so it’s no surprise to me that her first book is a collection of raw, vegan desserts. The book is titled Rawsome Vegan Baking (a humorous touch, of course, since there’s no baking involved), and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

rawsome cover

The book is divided into five scrumptious sections: cakes & cupcakes, bites, bars, & cookies, pies & tarts, pudding & ice cream, and basic recipes. Everything is stunning, literally. I’ve flipped through the cakes and the pies and been wide-eyed with amazement at Emily’s artistry. She’s so creative and so playful, and her sense of fun really animates the book.

The section of the book that I’ve used most so far is the bites, bars & cookies section. The recipes in this section are a little quicker and easier than some of the others, and they’re perfect for portable snacks (which I always need a lot of). I’ve already made Emily’s maca truffles (which are delicious), and my second recipe from that section was her caramel mocha bars. As soon as I tasted one, I knew it had to be the recipe I shared with all of you.

raw vegan caramel mocha bars from Emily Von Euw // choosing raw

These bars are amazing. They’re rich, they’re decadent, they’re complex. The bottom layer is an almond/date mixture (a classic rawfood “crust”). The top layer is mocha: coconut oil, cacao, agave. But it’s really the center layer that got me.

raw vegan caramel mocha bars from Emily Von Euw // choosing raw

Dates, coconut oil, sea salt, vanilla. It’s a perfect combination, and it really does taste just like caramel. In her header for the recipe, Emily writes: “if you love rich and sweet treats, this might very well be the best recipe in this whole book.”

Question is, who doesn’t? Here’s the recipe.

raw vegan caramel mocha bars from Emily Von Euw // choosing raw

Emily Von Euw’s Caramel Mocha Bars

Author - Gena Hamshaw

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup 145 g raw almonds
  • 1 cup 175 g pitted dates
  • Caramel:
  • 1/2 cup 130 g raw cashew butter (*NB: I only had almond butter, so I used it instead, and it was fine*)
  • 1/2 cup 118 mL coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup 175 g pitted dates
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup 43 g unsweetened shredded coconut (optional -- I didn't use because I didn't have it on hand)
  • Mocha layer:
  • 1/3 cup 79 mL melted coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 to 2 tbsp finely ground coffee bean listed as optional, but totally necessary, in my mind!
  • 1/4 cup 85 g preferred liquid sweetener (I used agave)

Instructions

  • To make the crust: Pulse the almonds into flour in your food processor, then add the dates and process until it all begins to stick together. Press into the bottom of a baking pan and refrigerate until you add the next layers.
  • To make both the caramel and mocha layers: just blend the ingredients in each list until smooth. spread the caramel onto your crust, followed by the mocha layer. Refrigerate until completely set, preferably overnight. Slice, bite, feel the caffeine!

raw vegan caramel mocha bars from Emily Von Euw // choosing raw

I definitely recommend that you check out Emily’s beautiful book ASAP. You certainly won’t be sorry! And, if you need a little extra motivation, you can enter to win a copy of the book in my giveaway below (US and Canada only). I’ll announce a lucky winner next Tuesday!

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I hope you all have lovely Labor Day weekend plans. My boyfriend and I are paying a little visit to Woodstock FAS today, and we can’t hardly wait. I’ll see you on Sunday for weekend reading.

xo

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    45 Comments
  1. Favourite dessert…lavender coconut ice cream…light, refreshing, and a great reminder of spring!

  2. I love raw “cheese”cakes, but these caramel bars are making me think I might have a new fave….

  3. caramel mocha bars! Yum! But I also love avocados and cocoa pudding…lemon meringue…..mmmm…..too long to list! Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Wow! Anything with vegan caramel…I think I could eat that that mixed with any nut butter and raw buckwheat granola for the rest of my life and be the happiest person ever!

  5. Out of the few raw desserts I’ve tried so far, I’d say that my favorites have been fruity cheesecakes. Although I have a feeling that once I’ll have tried those caramel mocha bars, they might come ex-aequo!

  6. Oh I love any raw dessert recipe that uses dates and nuts for the crust (at least I have yet to find one I dislike!). And I love Emily’s site, so many amazing raw desserts. Her blog has been my go-to for the decadent side of vegan life 🙂

  7. I am partial to all desserts, but the first one that comes to mind is a raw chocolate & avocado pudding/mousse! So easy to make and really hits the spot!

  8. I just made some super similar (and DEELISH) bars from one of Angela’s recipes (Oh She Glows), but with a crispy rice (aka not raw) crust. I might have to try these next…especially with the addition of the coffee in the chocolate, they are making my mouth water!

  9. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe and introducing me to Emily! I can’t wait to check out her blog further!

  10. Looks SO good. I will definitely be giving these a shot.

    My favorite raw dessert has to be homemade lemon balls, made with cashews, lemons, and dates.

  11. I love raw pies- mostly because I think honestly fruit really is the best dessert. But these caramel mocha bars look so yummy I am tempted to buy a bunch of the ingredients on my way home from work today.

  12. My favorite raw dessert has got to be a tie between raw almond butter cups and raw cookie dough balls – both delicious! Can’t wait to try these bars.

  13. I love Emily’s blog and would love to check out this book! Those bars look amazing! I made Emily’s homemade chocolate chia bark once and it was fabulous!… but so is everything she creates haha

  14. Peanut butter, hazelnuts, dates, agave and tahini mixed in the food processer and made into balls, then frozen. I just discovered this and am obsessed.

  15. I LOVE Emily’s deep dish chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake! It is definitely my favourite!

  16. Em is one crazy gem. Love these bars and her book is such a dream for someone so young. Can’t wait till her smoothie book comes out this fall.

  17. These look heavenly! There’s something so magical about raw desserts. It’s funny how treats like these, that are so clean and pure, are often even MORE decadent and delicious than traditional, not-so-clean treats.

  18. Oh My! I love Emily and her site…and those pictures of her are beautiful:) I am scared to get the book…it would be dangerous in this house….as we have a little bit of a self control problem haha. Peter loves anything that taste like caramel and I love the taste of mocha so these would be perfect for us! But like you said…who doesn’t? Looks like they turned out great!