Healthy Caramel Apple Recipe – High-Fiber, Sugar-Free, Low-Fat

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177404783I dread the coming of cold weather, but I can bear it with a smile when I immerse myself in fun-in-the-fall activities like apple picking. And even if you’re doing all of your apple picking in the grocery store, this is exactly when you want to start incorporating fresh, in-season, high-fiber and nutrition-packed apples into your diet and into healthy recipes.

Shun high-sugar (and high fructose corn syrup), highly refined and high-fat Caramel Apples beckoning you from the store. Instead, welcome in sweater weather with less resentment and future winter padding – this healthy, sugar-free, low-fat, high-fiber, vegan recipe for Caramel Apples is a delicious treat that is packed with an incredible array of nutrients and health benefits.

With whole apples and dates, this decadent dessert is extremely high in fiber and naturally sweet while staying low on the glycemic index. Cashew butter hosts muscle building protein, bone strengthening magnesium and heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats (but if you’re dealing with a nut allergy, than you can just omit it from the ingredients).

This recipe gets its all-natural, sugar-free caramel flavor from an unexpected and highly nutritious superfood – mesquite powder. Naturally sweet mesquite powder comes from seed pods, is high in protein, calcium, potassium, zinc, lysine and fiber, and is used as a gluten-free, low-glycemic flour by low-carbohydrate dieters, gluten-free eaters and diabetics. You can pick up mesquite powder from most health food stores.

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Healthy Dessert Recipe for High-Fiber, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Fat Caramel Apples

Healthy Caramel Apples – Sugar-Free, High-Fiber, Low-Fat

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Ingredients
1 1/2 cups pitted dates, soaked overnight and drained
4 tbsp raw cashew butter (omit if nut allergy)
2 – 3 tbsp mesquite powder
2 pinches salt
5 or more apples (try to get organic)
5 or more popsicle sticks
Optional Toppings: chopped nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate shavings, seeds of choice, etc.

Instructions
To make your caramel sauce, blend the dates, cashew butter, mesquite powder and salt in a food processor, to make a thick, smooth paste. Stop blending periodically in order to scrape down the sides of the processor and to shove all of the ingredients back towards your blending blade.
Insert the tip of a popsicle stick into each apple, and using a butter knife, coat each apple with the caramel sauce. If desired, sprinkle on your optional toppings.
Serve right away, or line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper, place the caramel apples on it (popsicle sticks pointing upwards), and refrigerate.

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