My girlfriend, Yvonne, and I made this recipe when she came to visit at Halloween one year. She is amazing plant-based chef and had the idea to use sweet potatoes as a “candy” topping. To be completely honest, I have never been a fan of candy apples, but I know they are very popular so that is why I decided to create a healthy version.
I am obsessed with these apple slices. Would you ever think to make a sweet sauce out of sweet potatoes? It sounds surprising, but this combination is outrageously delicious!
I made this recipe for a class of students at Doctor Allen Wellness Center, and everyone went crazy for them. Dr. Allen loved them too, and if I can recall correctly, I believe I went back for another seminar and made them again.
I think sweet potatoes are the perfect food; they can be sweet or savory and they are satisfying and delicious. The sweet potato combined with dates (another perfect food in my opinion) create the “caramel” dip. Step out of the box, and try out this recipe! You will pleasantly surprised!
Most of the time, I use this recipe as a dip. ???? I slice my apples, dip into the sweet potato / date sauce, and then dip into cacao nibs or chopped walnuts.
We make this all the time because we always have sweet potatoes around. It’s easy, delicious, and a satisfying sweet snack or dessert.
Caramel Apple Slices
- 6-8 Apples your favorite; I like Fuji or Granny Smith
- 3/4 Cup Sweet Potato cooked (this is only about 1 small sweet potato)
- 8-9 Medjool Dates pitted
- 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
- 4 Tablespoons Non-Dairy Milk
- 1 Cup Walnuts chopped (You can use any type of chopped nut you like)
- ½ Cup Cacao Nibs
Boil your sweet potatoes. I boil mine with the skin on and remove the skin once cooled. I actually boil a few sweet potatoes the night before and let them cool overnight.
Place 3/4 Cup of smashed sweet potato in a high-powered blender. Add the almond milk, vanilla, dates, and sweet potato and blend until smooth.
Place the mixture in a medium bowl.
Line 2 large plates or a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Dip the apples in the sauce, and then roll into toppings.
Place the apples on the sheet and into refrigerator to cool. Once cooled, slice the apples and serve!