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
Est. added sugars 0g
How to Make It
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. Place wooden sticks in the bottom of each apple slice; dip tops of apple in date caramel and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
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