Thursday, October 18, 2012

Raw Caramel Apples

 It has been an eventful past week.
That is for sure.

Some good.
Some bad.

So I thought it was definitely necessary to get in some baking.
Or well.. In this case, not baking.
But essentially with the same result.
Oh so perfect, sweet & tart dessert.

Enter, your new favorite sweet treat.
Caramel Apples.
Raw Caramel Apples.

Keeping it classy with the impromptu "sticks" for our apples..

Raw-licious Caramel Apples
4 Apples

Date Caramel Sauce
  • 10 dates, depitted
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 heaping tsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
Chocolate Sauce
Note: this is a different sauce recipe than what I used! Mine was pretty thin.. So this one should be better!
  • 2-3 tbsp agave nectar (or pure maple syrup)
  • 2-3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
Additional ingredients..
  • 4 apples + 4 sticks or.. in my case, forks. Lol.
  • Any toppings your pretty little heart desires! Amongst my selection, I used..
    • Coconut
    • Sprinkles
    • Chopped almonds and pistachios
    • Pretzels
Using a sharp pointed knife, cut out the stem & the blossom end of the apple. Stick each apple on a lollipop stick or a fork. Blend together the Date Caramel ingredients in a high speed blender. Stirring periodically to make sure the dates blend smoothly. (This might take a few minutes!) So be patient. The result is 100% worth it!

Spoon lickin' good.

Now get to spreading! Cover each apple sufficiently with your "caramel sauce" & cover with whatever toppings you want.

Let's just say..
We had a little bit of fun with our topping.

The adventurous one.

 The pretty one.

The quirky one.

The salty one.
Now, because a caramel and topping covered apple is just not enough.. It is time to make the chocolate drizzle.

Again, more spoon lickin' goodness!

Mix together the coconut oil, liquid sweetener, cocoa & peanut butter until smooth. Drizzle over your apples. I placed each of the apples in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to firm up the caramel a bit, but you can dig in right away if you want.

These are the perfect healthy treat to satisfy you sweet tooth without expanding the waist band on your pants! Enjoy. :)

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