Even though I’ve come to avoid processed and refined sugars, of course, this doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the occasional sweet treat. EI just opt for more natural and healthy ways of indulging.
Caramel apples happen to be a favorite of mine. However, most caramel is not vegan, and also, not healthy. It contains sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients.
Enter this recipe for raw caramel apple bites. The caramel is dense and chewy, and nostalgic of the classic childhood food, but with only a few natural and healthy ingredients. Not only is it great for dipping, but also yummy if you eat it on it’s own. Storing it in the freezer makes it a little more solid, while still remaining soft and sticky.
Raw Salted Vegan Caramel Apple Bites
1 or 2 granny smith apples, sliced or cubed
1/2 Cup raw almond butter
1/2 Cup medjool dates, pitted (about 6 dates)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of Himalayan sea salt
1 Tablespoon water, or more, if needed
1. Add all ingredients, except the apples to a food processor. Pulse until everything is well incorporated and then continue processing until smooth, adding more water if necessary to keep the blades moving and for desired consistency. In order to coat the apples, you want it to be thick and somewhat firm. Scrape down the sides of the food processor as you go.
2. Dip apple slices/cubes into the caramel. You may need to use a spoon (or your fingers! I won’t tell) to coat evenly. Sticking a toothpick into the apple pieces is great to keep your hands from getting sticky, or for serving at a party.
Also by Christine: Crispy Risotto Cakes
Photo: Christine Oppenheim