Back-to-School Eats: Apple Sticks with Caramel Dipping Sauce recipe
Apples are the perfect lunch time fruit, but this dip makes them a bit more enticing in a lunch box. It has protein from the cashew butter and the dates give it a delicious caramel flavor.
- 2 apples
- 8 dates
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 Tablespoons cashew butter
- 3 to 5 Tablespoons warm water
- Place the dates into a pot of boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and cool completely. When cooled, remove the skin (it will be loose and peeling already).
- Using a fork, mash the dates until they form a smooth paste. Add the maple syrup and mix completely. Stir in cashew butter and 3 Tablespoons of warm water until the caramel dip is smooth and creamy (if dip is not creamy, add water 1/2 Tablespoon at a time and stir until it reaches the desired consistency). Note: You may use a food processor or blender if you want a smoother dip.
- Slice apple vertically into 1/4 inch thick slices. Cut each slice into sticks (they should look almost like apple fries). Dip apple sticks into caramel dip to eat.
Kristin Marciochi is a teacher and fan of healthy cooking. When not walking her Great Dane or reading a good book, Kristin can be found experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen. Her blog, Shelfishness (www.shelfishness.blog.com) is a fun way to share original recipes, music, and books.