Here's a delicious and healthy recipe for raw vegan caramel apples:
For the Caramel:
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 10-12 dates)
2 tablespoons almond butter or tahini
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2-3 tablespoons water (as needed for consistency)
For the Apples:
4 medium-sized organic crisp apples (such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp)
Wooden sticks or skewers
Chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
Mini vegan dark chocolate chips (or just dark chocolate chips if not vegan)
Prepare the Caramel:
In a food processor or high-speed blender, blend the pitted Medjool dates, almond butter (or tahini), melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of water gradually, as needed, to achieve a smooth, thick, and caramel-like consistency. Blend until the mixture is creamy and caramel-colored.
Prepare the Apples:
Thoroughly wash and dry the apples. Remove the stems and insert the wooden sticks or skewers into the tops of the apples, where the stems were.
Coat the Apples:
Spoon the raw caramel mixture over each apple, rotating them to ensure an even coating. You can also dip the apples into the caramel and use a spatula to spread the caramel evenly.
If desired, roll the caramel-coated apples in chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or mini vegan chocolate chips to add texture and flavor.
Set and Serve:
Place the coated apples on a parchment-lined plate or tray and let them set in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to firm up.
Once the caramel has set, your raw vegan caramel apples are ready to be enjoyed as a delightful, healthier treat.
These raw vegan caramel apples are a guilt-free and delightful way to enjoy the classic fall treat. The creamy, sweet, and caramel-like topping perfectly complements the crisp and refreshing taste of the apples. Enjoy these healthier indulgences as a tasty and satisfying dessert!