These healthier caramel apple pops are the perfect Halloween treat or Fall party bite. Made with raw caramel sauce from dates, these caramel apple pops are healthier for the little ones and adult-approved!
- 4 apples
- 30 mini bamboo skewers
For the raw caramel sauce:
- 1 lemon
- 10 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for at least 30 minutes to soften
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup soaking water (from the dates)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the pumpkin seed crunch:
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds (or any other kind of seeds/nuts)
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
To make the pumpkin seed crunch:
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until crumbly.
- Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
To make the raw caramel sauce:
- Remove the dates from the soaking liquid and add these along with the other ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until completely smooth. (If it’s too thick, add additional water 2 Tablespoons at a time.)
- Pour into a bowl and set aside.
To prepare the apples:
- Use a melon baller to make apple balls or slice about ½ inch thick, placing them in a bowl of cold water with lemon juice to preserve the color.
When ready to assemble:
- Drain and pat dry the apples with a towel.
- Place a skewer in the top of the apple ball (or through one end of the apple slice) and dip into enough caramel sauce to coat.
- Next, roll in the pumpkin seed crunch until all sides are covered.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the caramel to set, or until ready to serve.
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