Apples and caramel, a fall classic, but one that hasn’t been in my life for many years. I always enjoyed dipping apples slices in caramel growing up, even if it wasn’t remotely close to being real caramel. It’s pretty gross, but I think the first ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. I remember it being overly sweet, but as a kid, that was okay with me. It was always the fat-free kind too. Fat-free, HFCS and chemical-laden caramel dip … yum?
As for the caramel apples on sticks, I was never much of a fan. I always wanted to like it, but didn’t care for tart green apples as a kid, and caramel apples were always made with green apples. What’s up with that? I also remember them being difficult to eat. I might like a caramel apple now if it was made with this caramel (I like green apples now too) and maybe even rolled in some chopped nuts or coconut flakes.
Since I’ve made caramel from dates for different treat recipes, I figured it’d be easy enough to modify a bit and turn into a dip. I went slow and adjusted the the ingredients incrementally, taste-tasting each time (it gave me an extra excuse to keep taking tastes too). The taste and consistency came out perfectly (or at least I like to think so) and Jesse even oooed and ahhhed over it too. It’s salty, sweet, gooey and thick.
- 1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted (heaping 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4-6 Tbsp water (I used 5 Tbsp)
- 3 Tbsp smooth unsweetened almond butter
- 3 Tbsp coconut cream concentrate (aka coconut butter)
- 1 Tbsp room temp grass-fed butter
- Add dates to the food processor and blend until the dates are ground up (might turn into a ball – that’s okay). If your dates are drier, soak in boiling water for 10-20 minutes before blending in the food processor.
- Add two tablespoons of the water and all the remaining ingredients. Process until smooth.
- Add in two more tablespoons of water and blend again. Add up to two additional tablespoons of water until desired consistency is reached. It should be somewhat thick, but not too thick.
- Adjust flavor to your liking and serve with sliced apples or pears. It’d be delicious spread on banana slices too.