Welcome to Fun Treat Fridays (Fall Edition). Back in May/June I hosted this mini-series on my Instagram with summer friendly treats. It was so much fun and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. I thought since now my blog is live I would do the same on here and his time around feature some fall flavors.
To kick these fall themed treats on our first week of Fun Treat Fridays are Candy Apples. When you think of Fall one of the first things that pop in your mind are candy apples. As a kid these were one of my favorite fall treats. I remember making a huge mess eating one but I didn’t care. I just wanted to enjoy my candy apple no matter how much of a mess I made. I’m sure many of you have a very similar memory when it comes to this yummy treat.
While candy apples are delicious and a fall signature, they are not the healthiest treat. Of course apples are one of the healthiest foods out there but when you smother them in caramel and processed chocolate syrup it takes away from their nutrition. This is why I decided to make a healthy alternative and it can still be very fun to make with your little ones and add fun and delicious toppings.
For my candy apples I decided to make a sweet candy coating using a combination of dates, maple syrup and cane sugar. Seriously guys, this is one of the most delicious things I have ever put in my mouth. At first I was purely experimenting and wasn’t even sure if this would work. I didn’t know if I would get the dates to dissolve enough to be able to use as a coating for the apples. It worked out perfectly and again, super delicious. Like it really is better than caramel, you won’t even miss it.
I decided to top them with raw walnuts, dairy-free dark chocolate mini chips, and colored sprinkles to keep them fun. You can use any of your favorite candy apple toppings and maybe use Halloween themed sprinkles to make them even more festive. Have the kids join in to decorate them with your toppings and make it a family fun activity. If you have gone apple picking recently like we did and are looking for a good way to use up those apples this is perfect! Seriously just try this recipe and I guarantee you that you will love it!
- 2 cups pitted dates
- 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
In a food processor pulse dates into small pieces. (they'll probably stick together and make a ball).
In a medium sauce pan, combine maple syrup, cane sugar, and coconut oil and bring to a boil.
Stir in dates and bring down to simmer. Keep stirring until dates start to dissolve. About 5 minutes.
Add water to and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from stove and pour on a flat dish.
Dip apples and coat generously. Works best if used immediately while still hot.
Dip in favorite toppings.