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Date-Caramel Apple Pops

Jamie Vespa

SERVES 9 (serving size: 2 apple pops)

Caramel apple pops get a nutrition boost from an unsuspected ingredient. Traditional caramel sauce abounds with added sugars, butter, and half-and-half. Our plant-based riff acquires its sweetness from fiber-rich dates, which help slash calories in half. Serve these kid-friendly, fruit-tastic pops at Halloween parties or any fall festivity for a healthier alternative to candy and cakes.


  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 18 to 20 dates)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 medium apples, pitted and sliced into 1-inch thick wedges
  • 18 thin wooden sticks
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 97
  • fat 1 g
  • satfat .4 g
  • monofat .1 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 24 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • sugars 19 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g
  • sodium 54 mg
  • calcium 1 %
  • Potassium 6 %

How to Make It

  1. 1. Place dates in a high power blender or food processor. Blend on high while gradually adding water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until smooth and creamy (2 to 4 minutes). Add salt; blend until combined. Transfer to a bowl.


  2. 2. Place wooden sticks in the bottom of each apple slice; dip tops of apple in date caramel and sprinkle with cacao nibs.