A traditional treat that I have to have during the fall is a Caramel Apple or Candy Apple! Back home, New York, we are all about apples. [Hence the Big Apple, we are also an apple state!] My family and friends not only go pumpkin picking-- we go apple picking as well! I remember going to these farms with my family as a kid and picking the apples right off the tree and enjoying it! My dad would bring a huge cooler and we would have apples to days. Sure the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) has won us all over but nothing says FALL like apple.
These days, we actually have white peach trees and apple trees in our own yard. We grow hundreds of these little yet mighty fruits. We bake with them, take them as snacks as is, put them in salad, the dogs like the pick them off the trees [lol] or we make candy apples. Though these treats are relish & decadent, they also add to the waistline. I saw some celebrity trainers making something very similar to my "Caramel" Apple Bites and I figured I should share my take.
Ingredients for the Date "Caramel"
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup water
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of almond milk (unsweetened and plain)
- 1/2 a lemon
- 6 Apples (I prefer granny smith apples! when cooking)
- Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
- Mini Chocolate Chips (Dark 70%)
- Raw Chopped Walnuts
- Anything topping you would like!
- Prep: Soak dates in water for at least 30 minutes.
- In a food processor or blender, combine soaked dates with half of the h20, vanilla extract, sea salt, coconut oil and almond milk.
- Once blended smooth, in a small pan or pot, place this "caramel" on a medium heat until it bubbles. The color should resemble a light caramel/golden brown and thickens. Let cool at least 15 minutes.
- Stir in salt.
- While that reduces, wash and cut apples into small segment wedges. You can place each one on tooth picks or leave them as is.
- Put the cut apples into a bowl, adding cool water to it just enough to cover all the apples. Squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl as well to prevent browning.
- Remove apples after 15 minutes and dry.
- When the "date caramel" is cooled off a bit, you may start dippin' and decorating!
- Dip half of the apple segment then place on parchment paper line try or plate.
- Added desired toppings. I love coconut and chocolate chips or simple just the caramel.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until set.
Enjoy! I was shockingly and pleasantly surprised on how much these actually tasted like the real kind with out the guilt! I highly recommend the granny smith apples! I think I might make these just to have as treats throughout the week. They are great for when entertaining guests as an appetizer or after meal treat!