Do you love carnival food favorites like candy apples and funnel cakes, but don't enjoy the major sugar crash that comes afterwards? These apples have all the sticky-sweet deliciousness of traditional candy apples but since they're made with dates, coconut milk, and cacao, they're energizing! Best of both worlds!
Caramel and Chocolate Candy Apples [Vegan]
For the Caramel Apples:
- 30 pitted dates
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds
For the Chocolate Apples:
- 3 heaped tablespoon cacao
- 4 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons coconut nectar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon water
- 8 Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prep your apples by washing them, and by pushing popsicles stick into the middle of the apples.
To Make the Caramel Apples:
- Put your almonds into a bowl, and set aside.
- In a blender, add all the ingredients but the chopped up almonds.
- Process for around 3-5 minutes, using a spatula to get all the sides down.
- Once the mixture is thick, but still spreadable, transfer it to a bowl.
- If your mixture is too thick just add a bit more milk, one teaspoon at a time, and continue blending.
- The mixture should not be runny. If it is runny then it will not stick to the apples.
- Using a butter knife, begin to spread this caramel onto your apples, it should stick well. Now sprinkle some almonds onto them or drizzle some chocolate syrup on top.
To Make the Chocolate Apples:
- In a medium sized bowl, combine all the ingredients, and stir for around 2 minutes until the mixture is well combined, and smooth.
- Begin by dipping the apples into the sauce, but then to get that even coated effect use a knife of spoon to spread the sauce all over the apples.
- Finish by sprinkling them with unsweetened desiccated coconut.
- You can now place your 8 apples into the refrigerator. It will take around 30-40 minutes for these to set.