Mmmmm caramel apples. The classic fall treat. Covered in a sweet sweet coating of refined sugar. Not to be a party pooper… there’s a time and a place for sweet treats, which is why our resident recipe genius The Artful Desperado has created an even better option. Sweetened with dates and fruit and packed with wholesome goodies like hemp seeds and puffed kamut cereal, these “Caramel” Apple Date Power Bites taste like a rice crispie square/caramel apple hybrid. Two treats for the price of one!
Caramel Apple Date Power Bites (base)
- 1 cup pitted dates (aka the “caramel”)
- 1 cup boiling hot water
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted (you can also use coconut oil)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 apples, cored and diced (choose any kind you like)
- 2 cups puffed kamut or puffed rice (choose a version without sugar added)
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
- Pour the boiling hot water over the dates and let them soak for 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain and place in a blender or food processor and blend on high speed for 3-4 minutes until smooth. If it’s too sticky you may need to add a splash of water to get it going. Important: do not add too much water or it’ll make the cereal soggy. Place the blended dates in a large bowl (this will be the caramel topping/flavor).
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the blended dates except for the puffed kamut. Mix well using a fork or with your hands until everything is combined. Taste for seasoning and add a touch more of vanilla or salt if needed. Add the puffed kamut and mix again. Place the mixture on a greased baking dish (grease it with coconut oil) and pack it down. You can use a spoon to really pack it – it’s important you don’t leave loose bits as it can fall apart.
- Microwave the chocolate chips for 1 or 2 minutes to melt OR place on top of a double boiler until melted. Drizzle melted chocolate on top of the apple-date “caramel” mixture and let it cool. Top with chopped pistachios, cut in squares and dig in!
Optional variation: before putting the chocolate on top, bake the mixture to make the apples a bit sweeter and softer, but the mix of tart crunchy apple bits with the sweet dates is just as nice…Enjoy!
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