Merrymaker Mum’s Famous Paleo Caramel Date Slice.

This paleo caramel date slice has been sitting in our drafts for almost 6 months! And we really do apologise for not posting it sooner. It is probably the best crowd pleasing paleo sweet treat we’ve ever served! Our paleo caramel date slice is courtesy of merrymaker mum and boy oh boy has she paleo-fied this to a T! It’s taken so long for us to post because it’s always gone before we can even think ‘hey! We should take a photo of this delicious, amazing, too-good-to-be-true (but it is) paleo caramel slice.’

The thing you’ll be most happy about is that this is a one bowl throw together kind of sweet treat and it only takes 25 minutes to bake. Which means if you start now, dessert could be served before dinner is done! Quick! Go! Bake!

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Emma + Carla

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paleo caramel date slice.
Serves 16
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 2 cups almond meal
  2. 1 cup chopped dates
  3. 1 cup chopped walnuts
  4. 125g ghee (you can also use butter or coconut oil)
  5. ½ cup coconut sugar (you could do less as the dates are super sweet too! We've dropped it down to 1/4 cup)
  6. 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 180°c or 350°F and line a 20cm x 20cm slice tin.
  2. In a saucepan melt the ghee and sugar together, allow this to cool (make sure it is not too hot before you add the egg or it may scramble).
  3. Add the egg, dates, walnuts and almond meal, mix until well combined.
  4. Press the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Allow the slice to cool in the tin and cut into squares.
  6. Enjoy! You can store left overs (if there are any) in an airtight container.
Merrymaker Tip
  1. You can freeze this delish slice! When ready to eat allow to defrost or heat in oven/grill/microwave.
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Comments 65

  1. Ohhh really.. did you have to 😛 haha just kidding.

    I so want to go home and make this immediately but I have 8 days left of my Whole 30, so it’s just going to have to wait til then. I will try without the coconut sugar (or maybe use a couple of TBSP’s honey) as I think this will be sweet enough with the dates, especially after a whole 30.

    Thanks 🙂

  2. Hey girls!
    Any chance I could substitute Natvia for the coconut sugar? Only because I’m trying not to buy any until I go to the market this weekend but NEED to try this recipe haha

  3. Hey Meesh! It won’t be as caramelly but you definitely could! Just use half the amount too because Natvia is so super sweet! YUMMO! Enjoy! e + c

  4. Oh wow this looks delish! Hopefully if i have time this weekend i def will be making these babies! 🙂

  5. Can I use maple syrup or rice malt syrup instead of coconut sugar? If so, how much should I use? Thank you

  6. Looks sensational guys!

    Question, for those of us not keen to use and cook with nuts, can we replace the nut meal with coconut flour? Would that still work?

    Arrowroot added to coconut flour might work, cos it binds really well and keeps moisture happening which is a bonus for this kinda recipe!

    Would love your thoughts 🙂

  7. Ohhh let us know how it goes! We can add it as a variation! We think it would be just as delish, maybe some extra dates even? :):)

  8. Hey there my ghee and sugar like turned into toffee and went really hard. Did I heat it too long. It never really combined

    Thanks Amanda

  9. Hi Amanda! That doesn’t seem right at all :(! The ghee may have been a little too hot and then it seems that it cooled really suddenly to turn into a toffee. Next time, be sure the ghee is just melted then combine it with the sugar 🙂 hope this helps!

  10. hi, i was just wondering how much coconut oil i would need to use?
    Thankyou! this looks AHHH-mazing!

  11. YUUUMMM!!!!! Whipped this up this afternoon- its deliciously similar to a date and walnut slice my mum makes, just without the gluten and sugar!! Will have to get her to taste test this one too!!

  12. Delicious and quick!

    This slice was a big hit at our place. Thanks for a great recipe.

  13. I tried making this with the coconut flour- major fail! 🙁 The mixture was too dry, even with an extra egg added. I think it would only work in this instance with less flour and more wet ingredients. Will try again using almond meal- looks tasty!!!

  14. Good to know Jamie! Coconut flour is such a funny ingredient isn’t it?! Definitely try almond meal – we’ve had raving reviews! e + c

  15. Hi ladies!

    Any idea how much that cup of dates would weigh? I have date paste that I’d like to use for this recipe.

  16. Hey there! Hmm! We’ve never made this with a date paste before – as the dates remain chunky for the slice! It would be around 150g of dates though 🙂 e + c

  17. Just wondering if these recipes would be suitable for someone who is insulin resistant.
    Thank you

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  19. Hey Rochelle! SOOOOO glad you like it! How easy is it too?! Guess what… we have a choccy version of this slice coming out super soon! :O Hehe! e + c

  20. The first time I made this, I used ghee and it came out perfect and fabulous. I finally had to ask my non-Paleo husband “can you leave the rest for me?” … Take two: I started to make it again today and found I didn’t have enough ghee. So I used coconut oil , as suggested in the recipe. Disaster! The sugar would not melt in the oil, and eventually just settled into gluey clumps. I abandoned the project, unwilling to waste more expensive ingredients. Has anyone else actually tried the coconut oil version? I would not recommend!

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    Hi Pat! If you had continued with the recipe it should have mixed together fine! Coconut oil and sugar don’t melt too well together, unlike the ghee and butter! Sorry you had to abandon ship but merrymaker mum has used coconut oil before and we promise that it did work! <3

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  24. Hey ladies!
    My mum made this and it was delicious! I tried and it was good but no where near as good- how long to you boil the coconut sugar and coconut oil together? My coconut oil was already melted (due to summer of course) would that have changed it? THANKS 🙂

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    Hi Steph! Yay! So glad to hear that you loved it! YUM! If you want to make it super delish, you should definitely try and use butter or ghee! Hehe! It shouldn’t have changed the taste too much though! Perhaps try again! That slice is a definitely winner 🙂 e + c

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  27. Coconut flour is strange & generally you need to use only about 1/3 of what a recipe calls for when converting it. So in this case, 2 cups almond meal you would only use 2/3 cup coconut flour. Then you would need a lot more eggs – I would say 4 jumbo eggs, or 6 small eggs. Seriously. The mix would look really runny before cooking but then thicken up while cooking. I will try it out at some stage in the next few months & get back to you (I realise that is a really big time frame but I’m pregnant with my 3rd baby & work 30 hours a week so I don’t have a lot of free time. I go on Maternity Leave in 4 weeks so that’s when I will probably play with baking before baby is born!) I bake with coconut flour quite a bit because my kids can’t take nut products to school, so I’m getting to know the beast quite well!

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  29. Hi girls! Thanks for the great recipe its now a weekly fave 🙂 Just a question.. I have given this recipe to quite a few people and I have now had 4 of these people come back to me saying that it is all crumbly rather than sticking together as a slice. I know 2 of them used a larger tin and pushed it all up one end so the coconut oil seemed to leak out, but the other 2 people didnt. What could all of them be doing wrong? I make mine with stevia rather than coconut sugar and although the stevia and cocounut oil dont really melt togther the texture has been coming out perfect once cooked 🙂

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    Hi Chrissy this makes us so sad 🙁 boohoo! We have no idea! We do it as per recipe and it works out perfectly! Hmmm we will test it out again hehe. Or get Mum to!

  31. Oh this looks delicious girls!! Can’t believe I’ve only just come across this slice now! Can’t wait to try it

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  33. Thanks girls 🙂 Im guessing their eggs are smaller or their quantites arent exact? Maybe not enough oil or ghee to keep it togther. Maybe mums the word 😉

  34. I was well into making this and then discovered I had no eggs so after a mad google search I ended up substituting the egg for mashed banana. The slice was yummy (caramel banana date slice) but maybe a little drier that it should have been. Nothing for it – will just have to drizzle some chocolate over it !

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  36. You girls rock i love your recipes……they are so damn yummy.
    Good on you both amazing!!!

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  38. love this recipe took it to a get together on the weekend and i have had to share your page everyone raved about it and it keeps well in the fridge thank you

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  40. I have been using 2 x 600 g eggs and coconut cooking oil, only takes 15 minutes at 150 degrees. Any longer and it is too dry around the edges. Also I have found if I chop dates up more I only put 1 rounded tablespoon of coconut sugar and it is nice and sweet

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  42. What were you thinking…..really….I made this for our little boy….and I reckon I ate most of it…..omg tastes even better frozen….I also made a sec batch and used macadamia nuts…….am a chef now!!!!!!
    Thanks girls …this is a true keeper!!!!

  43. Will definately try this one- memories of my first year high school cookery classes 50 years ago – still have the original recipe book that it was in

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