14 TBL Earth Balance (1 stick plus 6 TBL)
1 cup sugar
2 TBL cold water
1/2 cup slivered raw almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash of sea salt
6 oz chocolate chip morsels (Whole Foods 365 brand vegan)
ground flaxseed to sprinkle on to your liking
Line 9×12″ pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
Place Earth Balance, sugar, and water in a large pot. Turn on stove to medium-high heat (4-5 setting). Set your timer for 10 minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir occasionally for the first 3 1/2 minutes. The outer edges will start to bubble around 3 1/2 minutes, so this is when you should start to stir constantly. By 5 minutes the entire pot will be bubbling and getting frothy. Be sure to stir constantly with your wooden spoon. After the 10 minutes, remove spoon and let boil for about 3 1/2 minutes-4 minutes maximum, giving it a stir after each minute, then remove pot from heat. Mixture will continue to cook and darken into a rich carmel color as you follow the next steps.
CAUTION: Every stove is different, so watch for a light carmel color and remove from heat immediately, even if it is before the timer goes off. You want to avoid over cooking otherwise you will get a burnt flavor.
Add in nuts and stir. Add in vanilla and salt and stir well to combine. Pour into pan lined with parchment. Sprinkle on ground flaxseed. Sprinkle on chocolate chip morsels and gently spread with a spatula as it melts to cover the top layer. Cool completely before breaking into pieces.
Store in an airtight container.
Tip: Substitute almonds with pecans. Refrigerate to spead up the cooling process.