I bookmarked an awesome post back in October during Vegan MoFo and then it went away. It just struck me as brilliant and I fun project. Even if I had no clue on what the heck lucuma powder was. I work beside the 2nd largest Whole Foods in the US, so you’d think my ingredient gathering would be pretty darn easy. Hell, there was a raw cafe in there at the time!
However, the cafe moved on and when I found some time in January to make these, I couldn’t find any damn lucuma powder. The raw section is pretty big but no dice. I looked online and didn’t want to buy a freaking pound of the stuff. I put it again on the back burner.
A few weeks back there was an end cap of raw goodies and a little box that made me jump up and down (it’s okay, there are a lot of crazies at my Whole Foods). I finally found it. Then a few days ago I found the time to throw all the ingredients in my food processor and pipe them onto my dehydrator sheets.
And then I waited 12 hours.
I’m not sure they are caramel flavoured, but with the maple syrup and malty flavour of the lucuma powder they are pretty awesome. Mind you pretty labour intensive. I’m always willing to try to make things from scratch at least once. I do however think that the lucuma powder or even the caramel chip batter without dehydration could make for some interesting desserts. Now, to keep on popping a few every hour or so to savor their neat flavour.
Vegan Raw Caramel Chips
- 1/2 cup cashews soaked 2-4 hours
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup lucuma powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Blend together until completely smooth.
- Place in a piping bag, with a tip of your choice and pipe onto a teflex sheet.
- Dehydrate at 115 F until firm, about 12 hours.
- Store in the refrigerator. Use the chips in cookies, granola, trail mix or as a snack.