Raw-some Caramel Apples

I used this recipe for a preschool cooking class I did a few years ago. It was a huge hit with the children, as well as the parents. Healthy and fun for the little ‘uns, it was great for broad audience with a variety of different allergies.

Raw-some Caramel Apples 

6 organic Apples, washed and dried
2 cups Dates pitted, soaked overnight in 1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup chopped nuts, seeds, dried coconut, oats 
Spice Mix
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 tsp potato starch 
1/4 dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, cherries

Drain off any extra water from the soaked dates and mash or blend them until you have a smooth paste. Mix in the vanilla extract. Put apple on the stick. Using a butter knife spread the date paste over the apple. Holding the stick, roll the apple in which ever toppings you like best.

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