Hi everyone!! I am so excited to get back to blogging. I’ve spent a couple mornings mostly in the kitchen testing out some recipes and it feels so good. It is so hard getting caught up though. I’m still working at it and slowly trying to get things back to normal. Plus I’ve added a few other things to my plate including some behind the scenes blogging things that will hopefully that will be out of the way soon.
Onto the food! Look at this caramel! Don’t you want to just eat that with a spoon? Mmm! As a disclaimer though, I will say that this isn’t exactly caramel. Similar, and very delicious, but if you’re used to eating real caramel this will seem a little weird. But if you love dates as much as I do, you will LOVE this raw caramel! Plus it’s totally dairy free so everyone can enjoy it
Plus, it lasts in the fridge for quite a while so I’m sure we’ll all be able to find quite a few uses for this caramel. I’m thinking of putting some on top of my morning oats with bananas, mixing some with sliced apples and some other ingredients for a raw apple pie filling, and of course just using it as a dip for apples.
Oh and then I also made apple nachos :) If you haven’t heard of apple nachos, go make some asap! I posted about them before but the pictures weren’t so great so I decided to take some more pictures and share them again.
You’ll have to trust me and try these. Such an awesome way to dress up a regular apple. And if you’re like me, you’re already putting peanut butter or whatever else on your apple so this isn’t so much of a stretch. Plus it’s so much fun for the kids.
If you have tried apple nachos, what are your favorite healthy toppings?
Now that’s what I call an awesome after school snack :) Enjoy!
- 2 C loosely packed Medjool dates, pitted
- ½ C + 2 tbsp water
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ – ¾ tsp coarse salt
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Add the dates to a food processor and pulse until broken up into small pieces. Add the water, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until smooth. This may take up to 7-8 minutes, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. Once very smooth, add the salt and maple syrup if desired. Blend until completely combined. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge.
- 1 large apple, cored and thinly sliced and arranged on a plate
- Natural nut butters like peanut butter, almond butter or your other favorite nut butter. Or sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter for a nut free version
- Caramel, chocolate syrup, melted chocolate or other sweet sauces
- Jam or lower sugar fruit spreads like chia seed jam
- Whole or chopped, raw or toasted nuts like peanuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc.
- Raw or toasted seeds like sunflower seeds, pepitas, chia seeds, etc.
- Dried fruit like raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, chopped apricots, chopped dried plums, chopped dried banana, dried cherries(sweet or tart!), chopped dried mango, etc.
- Other toppings such as unsweetened shredded coconut, chocolate chips, sprinkles or other candies. Spices like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice. Crunchy cereals like granola or even crispy rice cereal or corn flakes.
- Dip your nachos into vanilla or honey flavored Greek yogurt, or make your own with plain Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and a splash of vanilla.