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As the temperatures start to soar here in NZ and summer has finally kicked in, I’m craving lots of smoothies and cool drinks.

This beauty came about after hubby asked if I could recreate his favourite salted caramel macchiato from Starbucks!

 

 

This version sure hit the spot and met his craving but without the high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavourings of the original!

Just a note to the wise….make sure you have a spoon handy to get every last bit of the caramel from the glass when you’ve finished your smoothie!

 

 

This recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups of caramel, so PLENTY left over for the rest of the week. It stores well in the fridge and can be eaten by the spoon when those cravings for something sweet kick in, or do as I did, spoon it on top of a bowl of oats, or mix it through your soaked overnight oats in the morning to take it to the next level!

This caramel sauce is super versatile and can also be used to top any cake or dessert, add to a fruit platter to impress a crowd, or just use some apple segments and eat it like nut butter. The options are endless!

Enjoy this one guys!

 

 

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Salted Peanut Caramel Shake
My recreation of a salted caramel macchiato from Starbucks, this caramel is super versatile and can be used to top cakes, desserts, oats, add to fruit platters or just eaten by the spoon!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salted Peanut Caramel
Banana Cashew Shake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salted Peanut Caramel
Banana Cashew Shake
Instructions
  1. Pour enough boiling water over dates to just cover them. Leave them for 30 minutes or preferably longer to soften. If using Medjool dates you can skip this step.
  2. Into a food processor or high-speed blender, place soaked dates and remaining caramel ingredients. Blend until silky smooth. You may need to add more water to bring caramel to the consistency you want. Transfer caramel to an airtight container.
  3. Into the blender, place all shake ingredients. Blend until combined.
  4. Take two glass mason jars or tall glass drinking glasses and drizzle salted peanut caramel around the sides.
  5. Fill each glass with banana cashew shake, then add a straw and enjoy!