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What do we love more than tasty and healthy dessert recipes? Easy, tasty, and healthy dessert recipes! Prepare the caramel sauce of your dreams, brought to you by Health Coach Tamara Quaddoumi, in less than 5 minutes with less than 5 ingredients.

Tamara loved the taste of caramel in her drinks until she realized that most store-bought drinks contained chemicals and unhealthy amounts of sugar. Staying true to her healthy journey, she decided to recreate the caramel sauce at home and enjoy her drinks guilt-free!

PEANUT BUTTER HEALTH BENEFITS

Peanut butter is one of the world’s most popular spreads. It is comprised of about 25% protein, making it an excellent plant-based protein source. Peanuts are low in carbs and suitable for people with type 2 diabetes or those following a low-carb diet. Pure peanut butter is a good source of healthy fats. Although peanut butter is high in many healthy vitamins and minerals, it also contains a substantial amount of calories. Finally, peanut butter is rich in antioxidants.

COCONUT OIL HEALTH BENEFITS

Coconut oil is widely marketed as a superfood. Coconut oil is high in MCTs, a type of fat that your body metabolizes differently than most other fats. MCTs are responsible for many of the health benefits of coconut oil. Several populations around the world have thrived for generations eating a substantial amount of coconut, and studies show they have good heart health. Research notes that MCTs can increase the number of calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%. However, coconut oil itself may not have the same effect. MCTs can significantly reduce appetite, which may lead to reduced body weight over the long term. A few studies have shown that coconut oil can raise blood levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which is linked to improved metabolic health and a lower risk of heart disease. People can apply coconut oil to their skin, hair, and teeth. Studies suggest it works as a skin moisturizer, protects against skin damage, and improves oral health.

MAPLE SYRUP HEALTH BENEFITS 

Maple syrup is a popular natural sweetener that is claimed to be healthier and more nutritious than sugar. Maple syrup contains a small number of minerals, such as manganese and zinc. However, it is very high in sugar. Though there are a number of antioxidants in maple syrup, they don’t offset its high dose of sugar. If you consume it, it’s best to do so in moderation — as with all sweeteners.

VANILLA HEALTH BENEFITS

Studies have shown that both the flavor and aroma of vanilla can offer some health benefits, including calming effects on adults. It can reduce startle reflexes and also provide some relief from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Because vanilla has fewer calories and carbohydrates than sugar, it can be used to reduce your sugar intake. Using vanilla as a sugar substitute also can reduce high blood glucose levels and help you lead a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

Now that you know how healthy and good for you is this salted peanut butter caramel sauce, let’s get started on the recipe!

UTENSILS

You will need:

  • Saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Glass jar

You can find the ingredients listed below on Mint Basil Market.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 tbsp. Vanilla

DIRECTIONS

This recipe needs two minutes of your time. Let’s get started!

    Step 1

    Pour all the ingredients into the saucepan.

    Step 2

    Mix on low heat until it bubbles.

    Step 3

    Transfer to a glass jar. Let cool and store at room temperature.

    FOOD PAIRINGS WITH SALTED PB CARAMEL SAUCE

    Is it time to enjoy your salted peanut butter caramel sauce, but you don’t know what to pair it with? We got you! Take a look at these suggestions: 

    It’s perfect for dipping apples or bananas in, enjoying on top of a delicious smoothie for a little afternoon pick me up, or spooning over your favorite ice cream. It’s also wonderful with cookies, tarts, and any other dessert you love! There is no limit to your imagination. 

    If you tried this recipe or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

    Store at room temperature and enjoy!

    June 18, 2021 — Mint Basil Market

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