These Hazelnut Caramel Clusters are the perfect treat for that someone special for Valentines Day, a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion.
And special occasions deserve special indulgences and this is one of those occasions.
When I was asked to create a new recipe with the Rawmio Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, I knew I wanted to make something really decadent.
I was inspired by these “Bear Claw” treats from Riverstreet Sweets, but knew they definitely would need to have a complete makeover.
Since I was using the Rawmio Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, I decided to use raw hazelnuts for the nuts and then made a healthy version of raw caramel.
5 Fast Facts About Hazelnuts:*
- one cup contains 86% RDA of vitamin E
- rich in heart healthy unsaturated fats
- super high in B-vitamins: B1, B3, B5, B6 and B9
- one ounce has 2.7 g of dietary fiber
- one serving contains 90% RDA of manganese and 65% RDA of copper
5 Fast Facts About Medjool Dates:*
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Maca Powder:*
- increases stamina
- beneficial to the circulatory system
- can regulate hormonal imbalances
- acts as an anti-carcinogen and anti-oxidant
- enhances memory , learning and mental ability
5 Fast Facts About Goji Berries:*
- high concentration of anti-oxidants
- contains 21 trace minerals
- contains 18 amino acids
- high in essential fatty acids
- contains 13% more protein than whole wheat
5 Fast Facts About Rawmio Hazelnut Chocolate Spread:*
- raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free
- 2 tablespoons contain 8% dv of iron
- high in anti-oxidants
- high in natural minerals
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Now a little bit about the Rawmio Chocolate Hazelnut Spread I used in this recipe.
What is it?
It’s a raw, vegan gourmet hazelnut chocolate butter. And I was really excited to try it because it met all the qualifications of something I would personally buy and use – organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free and minimal ingredients.
Description from the product label: “Rawmio Hazelnut is a decadent hand crafted raw vegan treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth. We combine fresh, organic cacao nibs and organic coconut sugar for a wickedly delicious, smooth, dark chocolate spread we know you will devour. Yummy on fruits, berries, crepes, ice cream or right out of the jar.”
What’s in it?
The ingredient list is: Raw Organic Hazelnuts, Raw Organic Cacao Nibs and Raw Coconut Sugar. That’s it!
Why should I buy it?
There’s a couple of good reasons to buy it.
First, convenience. Yes, you can make your own hazelnut spread at home, but sometimes you can’t, don’t have the time, don’t want to or don’t have the equipment to do so. It’s great to just open up your cabinet, grab a jar and enjoy it.
Another example of convenience is using it when away from home. This is a perfect example of how you can travel and eat raw (or clean) by bringing a jar with you when you travel. And this is exactly what I did when I traveled/vacationed with my family and ate 100% raw for an entire week while at Disney. Although back then I hadn’t been introduced to Rawmio and used another nut spread, I actually prefer this brand (because the container is smaller and easier to transport) and will definitely use it when traveling again to stay on track and eat raw/clean.
Second, it’s a healthy indulgence. Although everything I make is pretty much from scratch and I spend 50 – 75% of my day in the kitchen, sometimes I want a little treat that I don’t have to make myself. A little splurge. And every once in a while I will treat myself to a clean treat that I can savour and enjoy without having to lift a finger. Except opening the lid.
Where can I buy it?
You can order online here. There are 8 flavors to choose from: Rawmio Hazelnut Chocolate Spread, Rawmio Hazelnut Original, Rawmio Hazelnut Silk, Rawmio Hazelnut Crunch, Rawmio Almond Chocolate Spread, Rawmio Almond Original, Rawmio Almond Silk and Rawmio Almond Crunch.
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