I have a short and sweet post for you guys today because it’s a pretty crazy week around here and I may or may not have a Thanksgiving Turkey…(or two) on the brain at the moment.
Ahh, the life of me…lately my brain is a little bit into all the different holidays!!
Anyway, I made us a super healthy, SUPER easy fall treat! Think NO butter + NO sugar…wait, what?!?!
I promise, these healthy caramel apples…six ways, are good – SO good!!
Dates are my secret here. They are nature’s candy and they make these caramel apples delicious. Unlike traditional caramel sauce, this date caramel is made in one bowl, with no stove and literally all you need is dates, milk (of your choice) and vanilla. I added a little bourbon and a pinch of salt too, cause well, it’s me and you know I love these things, but if you want to keep things extra simple all you really need are soft plump dates, milk and vanilla. Then just blend all the ingredients in a food processor, or a SUPER HIGH powered blender, and just like that you’ll have a delicious sugar-free, butter free caramel!
It’s actually kind of amazing.
No really, I was amazed by this caramel.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the same as traditional caramel, but it does taste A LOT like it. I can’t say this is better… but then again, you don’t need any fancy candy thermometer, you don’t have to deal with dipping your apples in burning hot caramel and you won’t be making a giant mess!
So I don’t know, maybe these are better??
They’re certainly a million times healthier, and GUYS they’re even vegan. I made a vegan dessert/snack without even trying…and I love it too!
Weird things going on today.
And don’t think I forgot about all the toppings. NO.
Just because I’m calling these healthy, doesn’t mean I’m skipping on the toppings. In fact, I have six different ways you can top (or well, roll) these caramel apples.
It’s only because I love you guys.
Let me break um down for you.
…first, the salted Rice Krispie treat apple with a chocolate drizzle…that’s what up!
…second, the chocolate toasted coconut pecan apple…because pecans + coconut = the best combo
…third, the chocolate covered pretzel apple…enough said
…fourth, the toasted almond cacao apple…for the hard-core health nuts
…fifth, the chocolate peanut apples…because I never tire of peanuts + chocolate
…sixth, the Nutella hazelnut latte apple…because we needed a latte situation, and Nutella’s where it’s at!
So you see, I covered all the bases. And what I am really suggesting, is that you make all these combos. Hey, they’re all pretty healthy, so you can have one each day of the week!
YES. <–DO IT.
Did I mention these only take around 25 minutes to prep??? See, now you have no excuses. Make um!!
Healthy Caramel Apples...SIX WAYS.
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 766 kcal
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Salted Rice Krispie Treat Apples
Chocolate Coconut Pecan Apples
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Apples
- 2 cups pretzels crushed
- 8 ounces dark chocolate melted
Toasted Almond Cacao Apples
- 2 cups toasted almonds chopped
- 1 cup cacao nibs
Chocolate Peanut Apples
- 2 cups roasted salted peanuts, chopped
- 8 ounces dark chocolate melted
Nutella Hazelnut Latte Apples
- 2 cups toasted hazelnuts chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
- warmed Nutella for drizzling
- In the bowl of a food processor or HIGH powdered blender, combine the dates, coconut milk, vanilla, bourbon (if using) and a pinch of salt. Process until the mixture is completely smooth and spreadable, about 5-10 minutes, scraping down the sides once or twice. The mixture should be thick, but not so thick that you cannot easily spread it on your apples. If it's too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk and continue processing until smooth. The caramel should not at all be runny, if for some reason it is, just add a handful more of dates to the caramel and process in the food processor until smooth.
- Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Push twigs or wooden sticks into the top of the apples.
- Prepare your desired toppings so they are ready to press onto the apples.
- When the caramel is smooth and spreadable, grab one apple at a time and use a butter knife to spread the caramel all around the bottom + sides of the apple. Press your desired topping lightly all around the apple. The topping should stick right to the caramel. If your topping has a chocolate drizzle, drizzle the chocolate on the apple OR dip the bottom of the apple into the chocolate. Place the apple on the prepared cookie sheet and then sprinkle with salt (if desired). Repeat with the remaining apples. Place the apples in the fridge until the chocolate and caramel are set, 20-25 minutes. Will store in the fridge for up to 1 week....like they would ever really last that long!
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*Date Caramel inspired by [This Rawsome Vegan Life | http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2012/02/oh-my-raw-caramel-apples-recipe.html?m=1].
I mean, do you see the caramely situation happening here?? Yummers.