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.

How to Make It

Step 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.


Step 2

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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