Ahhh the Fall...the time of the year where I mostly desire candy apples, caramel and toffee. However with age (eek!) I have come to terms with the fact that this stuff is a little to sugary for me and I need an alternative. On top of that I want to share with my little girl the comforts of the Fall and want to minimize the amount of sugar I feed her.
So we are in order of a tasty compromise...behold this "Not So Toffee" recipe. This is a great alternative and it is made with DATES!!!! A natural sweet fruit (also great substitute for sweetener in a smoothie), that is action packed with nutrients, fiber and bottom line it is something we should include in our regular diets (just saying). I often use dates in my smoothies and I would love to start incorporating it in more yummy dishes. So I think I will try it in some of my baked goods over the Fall and Winter season. I will totally share the WINS and the "needs work" recipes here and on Facebook ;-)
For now, check out this recipe and try it out on your little ones and come back and let me know what you/they think.
Not So Toffee
10 pitted dates
4 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Few drops of water
Sliced Apples and/or Bananas
Options for a crunchy coating:
Unsweetenend Coconut Flakes
Chopped bittersweet chocolate chip
1. 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)
2. Use a spatula to spread the date mixture over the sliced fruit
3. Roll the sticky fruit in the toppings of your choice, then carefully lie on a plate to firm up. Put in fridge for at least an hour to set.