5 Feb 2012

OH MY RAW caramel apples


You have not lived. 

Not until you make these. I didn't think they'd be so darn delicious. But yet again... I was wrong.
All the different textures and flavours make for an incredible experience.

The best part? These are GOOD FOR YOU. Your body wants them. 
Why? Because they're full of nutrients and vitamins that will help you live long. 

Being "caramel apples", they clearly consist of an apple being covered in caramel. All I did was change my definition of caramel! In the raw food world, my caramel is just dates, water and spices. 
I covered a couple organic apples in that, and chopped up some fresh pecans and threw them on one (I put peanuts on the other). For the final touch, I drizzled on a simple chocolate sauce: cocoa, agave, almond butter. 


Who says raw vegans can't have any fun? These are way better than your regular caramel apples not ONLY in taste, but also because you feel good after eating them. NOT GUILTY. 

Food is love, love is happiness, and happiness depends on health.

So eat healthful foods! It's simple. Sometimes I crave some kind of processed cooked food for a second, like pizza, cookies, chips or other vegan goodies. Then I remember: I can make a BETTER version of it that my body will actually thank me for in the long run. I mean c'mon, you've got no excuse to eat crap when you can eat stuff like this:


I wanted to get a few photos with a bite out of an apple, so I had an excuse to try them =) I took a big, messy, caramel-apple bite... literally stopped chewing and said "oh my god no freaking way" out loud in the kitchen by myself.

I talk to myself a lot.

But with good reason! These taste ridonkulous. And I don't say ridonkulous, so you know they're gotta be nuts (no pun intended). Really though - try these out and share them with your loved ones. Everybody will appreciate it. They're a great Valentines Day present, heeey?

I was noble today and gave mine to Dad after taking a few bites. It took a bit of will power but I HAD to share it with someone, it was so delicious. I only made two, so I'm saving the other one for my brother Greg. 

He's trying to eat healthier and get in shape since he's struggled with his weight for awhile. He actually started his own blog about it! Check it.

He's doing a vegan-week so last night he went to The Naam with his girlfriend and brought me back their raw pie! As a thank you, I made him a caramel apple =) 
It makes me really happy and excited he wants to get healthy. I can tell he's serious about it this time. So I wanna support that as much as I can, and show him how ridiculously delicious and easy eating well can be. 


CRAZY Raw Caramel Apples: makes 2, but you can effortlessly make more

2 Apples on skewers (try to get organic!)

1/4 cup dates   
2 Tb melted coconut oil
Cinnamon, salt & mesquite if you have it
Water, as needed

1/4 cup finely chopped nuts 

2-3 Tb cacao
2-3 Tb agave/honey/maple syrup 
2-3 Tb nut butter
3 Tb melted coconut oil

Blend dates with coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, mesquite and water to get a smooth, thick consistency. You can add more sweetener if you want. Cover the apples completely with the "caramel" and then dip them in the chopped nuts so they stick. 

Then mix the cacao, sweetener of choice, nut butter and coconut oil until smooth. Drizzle it all over the apples and VOILA! Om nom nom. 

36 comments:

  1. "For Greg."

    Awh, you are the greatest little sis ever...

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  2. Yum! These look amazing! I can't wait to try this idea out on my kids, I know they'll love it :D

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    1. Thanks, Heidi =) Hurray for healthy kids' snacks!

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  3. Oh my! I need to try these!!!! They look so good! Yum yum yum yum yummmmmmm
    I love your attitude- there really are always ways to make something better than processed food. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you, Claire. Totally! Just checked out your blog and I love it! You cover everything! Great job.

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  4. These are perfect for my grandchildren. They sound so yummy. How much Cinnamon, salt & mesquite do you use?

    Thanks, Kim

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    1. thank you, kim! i hope the kids like them =) i used about 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1-2 tablespoons mesquite.

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    2. Not only do my grandchildren love them, so does everyone else. I am making a bunch right now for all the little trick or treaters tomorrow night. Thank you!!!

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    3. oh that's just awesome! i feel so flattered :) thank YOU.

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  5. Should you stick these in the fridge to firm up at all?

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    1. if you can resist eating them first =)

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  6. When you say mesquite, is that mesquite flour?

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    1. yes, sorry for the lack of clarification. i mean mesquite powder or "flour".
      something like this: http://livesuperfoods.com/mesquite-powder.html

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  7. I made this "caramel" sauce for apple dipping at a Halloween party last weekend. I'm halfway to hippie, but even my "mainstream" friends and their kids couldn't get enough! Love it!

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    1. Oh that's terrific! Thanks for sharing, Zara :) Happy Halloween.

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  8. holy yum! I cannot wait to try this. thanks for changing my life.
    ;-)

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    1. Haha! thanks for the comment, Mindie :)

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  9. It didn't work for me. Looked more like butter. What did I do wrong? I used fresh dates.

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    1. Uh oh, whenever I say "dates" - I mean dried =/ Like these:

      http://img.21food.com/20110609/product/1306566158370.jpg

      But you say like butter? I would think they would make it too watery, not thick...

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  10. omg that totally IS caramel!!!!!!!!!! I just whipped up a "decontructed" version, just the caramel, scooped on to a plate sprinked with nuts and I am spreading it onto apple slices as I type!!!!!!!! sooo good, even if I did leave the pits in!! OMG first time I have used the organic medjool dates I bought and I didn't even think about the pits but thank goodness I have a thermomix and it powered through until I figured it out and then I just had to pick out some chunks. duh

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  11. OMG! All your food looks Devine I'm in love! What do you use to photograph your food. Exceptional skills. Lauryce x

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    1. Hehe thank you :) I use a Canon T2i, pretty sure I just told you the same thing on my facebook page though ><

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  12. When you say dattes, do you use fresh or dried ones? Sorry if it's obvious! I'm new to this :)

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    1. Haha no worries! They are dried, but they should still be soft. Medjool dates are best because they're big and gooey.

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  13. This was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  14. OMG. I didn't have any sticks so just cut apples up and put everything on a tray so we could dip our apples in ... so freakin' amazing. I have had my 4 y/o on a raw vegan diet but I am struggling ... but this, oh my, this is making it soooooo much easier. Thanks Em.

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  15. I will be taking these to the fair for my lil ones so theyre not tempted by all the food there thx a lot :)
    Kristal

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  16. So, I just finished eating two of these apples by myself... Not exaggerating--I'm in a speechless stupor induced by the laws-of-the-universe-shattering deliciousness and healthfulness that was this raw caramel apple. I'm also confounded by the reality that the taste of these these raw, date-caramel apples was actually several dimensions better tasting/more advanced than the original butter-sugar version. I am wordless. I am full of energy. I am dying to be ready to eat them again in a few days. This was my first raw food and I was nervous at first because the date-caramel didn't look so hot and then I realized I hadn't added any water yet. I added ~7 spoons of warm water+salt+cinnamon and it transformed before my eyes. I had to use a spoon to mash it around 2 times before it was perfect. I was so happy. I dipped them in chopped (roasted) cashews and they were to die for... Thank you so much for this recipe and your dedication to this blog!! I'm going to make the carrot cake at Halloween and the pumpkin pie later!!

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    1. One of my fave comments ever. Thank you x

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  17. I'm wondering if I can sub olive oil for the melted coconut oil in this recipe. Or will it give it a strange, olive-y taste? Thank you!

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    1. No! It's the wrong consistency, (as coconut oil is solid at room temperature so it thickens recipes up). I'd suggest using cacao butter or cocoa butter instead, or just leaving the coco oil out and in the chocolate, replacing it with date paste.

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  18. awesome! the'caramel'also makes an excellent raw vegan substitute for brandy sauce at christmas :D

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  19. I could not get the caramel to work out. The dates and coconut oil simply would not combine, so I was left with date paste in a pool of coconut oil. I tried to go with it and spread the date paste onto the apples, but the oil that was coating the date paste made it so everything just slid off the apple.

    I was really disappointed because I was so excited to try these. Any advice for this?

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  20. @L - try adding a bit of water ;)

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