Halloween is fast approaching, and I have made a fun treat for the season.
This short post is about a SUPER easy and healthy snack that’s appropriate for the season. Think no sugar, no butter!
Wait, so how can it possibly taste good, right?
Dates. They’re what make this caramel acceptable. The date caramel is made in one bowl and requires no cooking. Seriously how easy can you get. All you need are dates, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. For fun I added a bit of bourbon, but it’s not crucial to the taste at all. Blend away and be amazed!
Don’t get me wrong it’s not real caramel. I am not going to pretend to pass it off as traditional caramel. I can say that this tastes good, it’s free of gluten and can be made vegan. Obviously it’s a million times healthier.
So maybe that can make it better? I don’t know.
The goodness doesn’t stop with the caramel. Let’s talk toppings. I made four different varieties, but the possibilities are endless.
Quick breakdown of what I did:
- Caramel with vanilla yogurt
- Caramel with rice crisp cereal
- Caramel with rice crisp cereal and chocolate drizzle
- Caramel dipped in chocolate with almonds and chocolate drizzle
Try making your own with different nuts, cereals, candies, types of chocolate (dark or white), pretzels, etc.
- 16 ounces dates, pitted
- ¼ cup milk of your choice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
- Cinnamon to taste
- 4-6 apples, depending on how many apples you want to make
- Rice cereal
- Sliced almonds
- Chocolate chips, melted
- In the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender, place dates, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and bourbon (if using). Process until the mixture is smooth and spreadable, about 5 minutes. Scrape down sides as needed. The mixture should be thick, but spreadable. If too thick add more milk, if too thin add more dates.
- Meanwhile prep apples. Push twigs or sticks into washed apples, and place on a wax paper lined plate or tray.
- Prepare toppings as needed.
- When caramel is ready spread caramel on apples with a knife, one at a time. Be sure to cover the bottom and the sides. Press toppings all around apple. Toppings should stick nicely. If using a chocolate drizzle or dip apple into chocolate. Finish preparing apples and place in refrigerator to set about 25 or 30 minutes.