dulce de leche bars

Makes 12 squares

April 2009 recipe contest winner at Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Wellness Revolution!

Dulce de Leche (“milk dessert”) has become very popular outside of the Hispanic culture, but growing up in a Cuban family meant we always had some around the house. This addictive version lets me enjoy that familiar treat without the usual milk and sugar. Instead, it gets its rich caramel tones from lucuma, a native Peruvian fruit known as the “gold of the Incas”. It’s also high in beta-carotene, niacin and iron. Salud!

2 cups almond meal from almond milk
1 cup lucuma powder
2 cups pitted dates
1/4 cup agave
1 vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil

Put everything in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping the mixture down with a spatula as needed. Spread into a 9 x 9 pan and place in the freezer for at least two hours. Cut into squares.

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