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Healthy Caramel Fudge Apple Slices

Ingredients

  • 810 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 Tbsp. nut butter*
  • splash pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Make your Caramel: Soak medjool dates in hot water for 5-10 minutes, or until completely soft. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Add dates to a blender and blend until smooth. Add nut butter and vanilla, and blend again. If you have a bigger blender, it may be helpful to double or triple this recipe so that it’s easier to blend. Extra caramel is never a bad thing.
  3. Cut your apple into 8 slices. Using your hands, smear your caramel onto half of each apple slice (see photos). It helps if you wet your hands slightly**. Stick in the freezer to set for 10 minutes.
  4. Make your Chocolate***: Melt coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in cocoa powder and maple syrup and mix until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Assemble your Healthy Caramel Fudge Apple Slices: Remove apple slices from the freezer and dip each into the chocolate. Set on a piece of parchment paper, and place back in the freezer to set, about 5 minutes. Re-dip if desired.
  6. These Healthy Caramel Fudge Apple Slices are best right after they’re made.

Notes

*I used cashew butter because it’s ultra buttery and really adds a caramel note to the date caramel, but any nut butter would do. Peanut butter would be insane…peanut butter caramel fudge apple slices anyone?!
**You may want to rub the exposed apple flesh with lemon to reduce the risk of browning. I highly suggest you eat these apples as soon as you make them, but if you wanted to wait a couple of hours, this lemon trick works.
***If you don’t want to make your chocolate, just use melted chocolate chips!

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