Fall is officially here, and with it comes all the delicious fruits and vegetables of the season! Here is a healthy version of candy apples from the “uncookbook” LOVE ON A PLATE by Cara Brotman and Markus Rothkranz, without any sugar, corn syrup, or artificial ingredients. “Mom” loves finding ways to make seasonal treats nutritious and still taste just as delectable. This recipe is a fun one to get the kids involved in, as well! Simply let them pick their favorite toppings to roll the apples in before freezing.
Healthy Candy Apples
4 organic apples (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Jona Gold work best)
4 candy apple sticks (or popsicle sticks)
1 cup cashew butter
1/2 – 3/4 cup maple syrup
Splash of vanilla (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
Pinch of salt
Suggested toppings: cacao nibs, orange segments, candied almonds, dehydrated raspberries, dried mulberries (dehydrated and finely minced)
Wash apples, but do not peel them. Dry them very well as the caramel doesn’t stick to moisture. Add cashew butter, 1/2 cup maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to food processor. Turn on for 1 minute. If caramel is too thick, drizzle a little more maple syrup in. (The more syrup you add, the runnier the caramel will be, and the easier the caramel will run down and fall off the apple.) Stick candy apple sticks in top center of your apple and dunk in caramel, turning quickly to coat.
Place on a piece of wax paper containing candy apple toppings and roll apple until well coated. Put in freezer for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Makes 4 candy apples.
Reprinted with permission of Rothkranz Publishing from LOVE ON A PLATE: The Gourmet UnCookbook by Cara Brotman and Markus Rothkranz; $29.97; www.loveonaplatebook.com.
Images courtesy of (c) Markus Rothkranz from LOVE ON A PLATE by Cara Brotman and Markus Rothkranz.