Not Toffee, Toffee Apples!
- 60+ minutes to prepare
- Makes 4
- How to make
10 pitted dates
4 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Few drops of water
4 seasonal apples
4 toffee apple sticks / wooden skewers
Options for a crunchy coating:
Large handful desiccated coconut
Large handful finely chopped / crushed nuts such as walnuts or hazelnuts
Large handful finely chopped / crushed seeds such as pumpkin seeds
Some poppy seeds
How to make
Soak the dates in boiling water for at least 10 minutes to soften. Drain and blitz in a high-speed blender or food processor with coconut oil and vanilla until smooth – add a few drops of water to bring the mixture together and make into a smooth caramel. (Be careful not to add too much water)
Carefully press the toffee apple sticks/wooden skewers into the bottom of each apple. Then use a spatula to spread the date mixture over the 4 apples
Roll the sticky apples in the coconut, finely chopped nuts / seeds or toppings of your choice, then carefully lie on a plate to firm up. Put in fridge for at least an hour to set
Older children and adults can bite into the apples whole, the nutty coating may crumble off though - so good to have a plate ready to catch the crumbs. For younger toddlers, cut the coated apples into chunks, and ensure the nuts are crushed nice and small. Then let them nibble away.
Other options could be to spread the apple with nut butter and roll in finely chopped dried fruit to look like jewels. A teaspoon of cocoa powder can be added to the coconut and date paste for a delicious chocolate paste. Why not experiment?