My personal favorites are granny smiths because their tartness is a perfect complement to the natural sweetness of the date caramel. Organic apples are best since conventional apples rank #4 on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list. (Hint: to have quick access to this list, download their Dirty Dozen app to your phone!)
And on that sweetness…there is no added sugar in this date caramel. It’s sweetened entirely by the sugars which naturally occur in the dried Medjool dates (which are the best choice for this recipe).
Funnily enough though, my youngest thought it was “too sweet.” I’m still scratching my head over this one since he happily eats candy and drinks pop whenever he can despite my best efforts to squash that. LOL Which just goes to show even “kid friendly” recipes aren’t foolproof as I shared on Day One of Snack to School Week.
I love this recipe because its:
- easy to prepare
- packed full of nutrients
- smooth and creamy
- a better way to appease that sweet tooth
If you’re sending the apples to school, try squeezing a little lemon juice over them to keep them from turning brown.
Only one more day to go in the 2017 edition of Snack to School Week. Come back tomorrow for my roundup of other amazing school snack ideas!
Rich and creamy and loaded with nutrients and plant-protein, this date caramel easily comes together to satisfy your sweet tooth, but without giving you a sugar crash.
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 6-8 Medjool dates
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp (scant) salt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Pit the dates and then add all ingredients to a food processor or high speed blender. Blend until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy, adjusting salt to taste. For a thinner sauce, add more almond milk.
Store in an airtight jar in the fridge.
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- Click here for my favorite food processor
- I usually buy my almond butter from Trader Joe’s, but click here for another option.
- Happily, Aldi has been carrying Medjool dates lately, but you can also find them here.