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CARAMEL APPLES – Vegan and Refined Sugar-free

February 26, 2017
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Photo by Cara Asalita Schrock
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Naturally sweetened with dates to form a gooey caramel perfect for wrapping around apples. A sinfully delicious high-fiber, high-protein treat made with whole foods that won't leave you feeling guilty. —Cara Asalita Schrock

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups packed medjool dates, pitted (about 15 dates)
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter (can sub nut-butter of choice)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk, I used soy
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon mesquite powder
  • 6 small apples
  • 2 cups topping of choice such as chopped nuts or shredded coconut
  1. If your dates feel really dry and stiff, pre-soak them in hot water for 10 minutes to soften.
  2. Combine the dates, cashew butter, salt, dairy-free milk, water, and vanilla into a food processor and run until smooth. You may need to stop the processor to scrape down the sides.
  3. Transfer date-caramel mixture to a bowl. You can try to dip and roll around the apples or just spread the caramel on with a knife or rubber spatula.
  4. Roll the caramel-coated apple into a shallow bowl of chopped nuts and enjoy! Store apples in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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