Thursday, November 1, 2012

Caramel Apple Dip ~ a Raw and Vegan Recipe for Fall


serves 4 ~ $.71 per serving


 

ingredients

  • 12 dates, soaked ($1.25)
  • 2 tablespoons almond cream ($.80)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter ($.80)
  • pinch salt
  • apples

This is a super simple and low {or lowish} fat recipe for a sweet and creamy caramel dipping sauce. It goes perfectly with apples, but would be nice with bananas, too, or drizzled over ice cream.

Just blend all ingredients together in a bullet type blender (we used a canning jar attached to the blade assembly of the blender) and use as a dip or spread on apple slices.

Almond cream is made with a 2:1 ratio of water to almonds. I used a half cup water and a quarter cup almonds and then strained it through a nut milk bag.




 Caramel apple dip is good anytime. We liked it as a Halloween treat! Recipe video below.




22 comments:

  1. I am so glad you shared this. I really miss carmel apples but of course would never go back to eating them! So this is perfect for our family--we LOVE apples and dipping them in yummy raw stuff. Thanks.
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

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    1. I miss them, too. This is a great substitution ... even better than the original. You can make it thicker and thinner, too, by adjusting how much almond milk you add.

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  2. I love the video! Recipe looks great, too!

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  3. Hayden and I loved this video. I always liked that song, and Hayden is still dancing to it. She wants to make caramel apple dip now, but unfortunately, I am out of dates. I guess we need to get to the store, asap.

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  4. How long does the dip last in the fridge please

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    1. Hi Stella, this dip lasts about 3 days in the refrigerator. It also thickens up when it's chilled.

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  5. Thanks Lisa - I figured it was something you had made! :)

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  6. They are just so sweet. Love your kids and their excitement for raw vegan eating. Way to go. I will have to try this recipe based on their excitement. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks! They really do get excited about raw foods, too :) The caramel apple dip was a favorite.

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  7. Wow, this looks like a lovely little snack. How can something like a date be so sweet, yummy and natural all at the same time.

    Nice work

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  8. How long do you soak the dates? And could I soak them in almond milk instead of almond cream, and just eliminate the 2 T of almond cream? Thanks for any insight you can provide!

    Sue

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  9. Argh--I meant, "could I soak them in almond milk instead of WATER, and just eliminate the 2 T of almond cream?"

    Sorry!

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  10. Update: I decided to experiment and make a 1/2 recipe. I pitted and quartered 6 medjool dates and soaked them in about 1/4 cup of almond milk. Not enough to cover them entirely, but enough so they could all soak up some milk. I left them soak overnight in the fridge, but they were actually ready to process after about 4 hours (the milk got very syrupy). Not having any almond butter, I ground 3 T of walnuts in my mini-Cuisinart, then added the milk/dates, a pinch of salt, and a few drops of vanilla extract.

    And....DELICIOUS success! Oh my, the dip is *divine*. Mine was not as smooth as yours because of the nuts, but it matters not. I now have a yummy, healthy treat when when I am longing for "just a little something sweet" in the evening. Thank you so much for such a wonderful, versatile recipe!

    Sue

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    1. Hi Sue, glad it worked out for you! That sounds like a great variation to the recipe, too :)

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