These Healthy Halloween Apples are simply apples rolled in a date caramel and nutty mixture decorated with some edible funny looking eyes. Also, these are a much better option for you. They contain no refined sugar, less sugar than conventional desserts overall. In addition they are packed with vitamins, minerals and some good fats on top.
Yes people! It is that time of the year again. We need to get out of a very dusty cupboard the cheesy and kitsch looking Halloween decorations; at least in my household at my desperate sigh (most of my friends know very well the extensive collection of less than artistic decorations my husband likes to have). Coming back to food, in true style of The Organic Cookery, my contribution comes in the form of some amusing and more artistic looking recipes; you can have some fun with these this Halloween. Most of my recipes are really easy, quick and a much healthier alternative to your conventional recipes. Therefore, these healthy Halloween apples are no exception. The apples coated in delicious date caramel and sprinkled with hazelnuts and chia seeds take less than 15 min to do. They are amazing for kids and adult parties alike…or even as a winter snack/dessert. Plus it’s even easy to do with your kids too at the weekend or half term.
I love the date caramel I used to brush the apples with. It is very easy to make and it is one step closer to natural; you do not need heat application but only a food processor to make it. To create a smooth creamy consistency I added almond yogurt, which is lower in saturated fat.
Why are these healthy Halloween apples better for you?
Yes, of course these healthy Halloween apples are better for you. So let’s quickly look at why this is so.
APPLES – lovely apples, crisp and fresh and in season in the UK. Did you know that 90% of apples sold in the UK are imported? Next time when you do your shopping, check where the apples come from. It’s a good exercise to do with all foods you buy. Here are the ones I used in this recipe, however you can also find organic British cox apples here and a pesticide free variety here. In order to get an organic certification, the land needs to be pesticide free for a minimum of 5 years. So until then you can only claim pesticide free.
DATES – I like to call them natural sugar as dates are high in glucose which will raise your blood sugar very quickly. In the long term the body will store excess glucose as fat deposits. However, I use dates in small quantities so it creates a bit of a balance. Plus the use of good fats (like nuts and seeds) will slow down the release of sugar.
HAZELNUTS – contain the amazingly Omega 3 fats which help in maintaining your heart healthy. Your skin will be healthier due to vitamin E content. The same vitamin is involved in digesting protein. Pregnant ladies benefit from the folic acid hazelnuts contain.
CHIA SEEDS – Just like hazelnuts they contain Omega 3 fatty acids. However, they also have calcium and magnesium which you keep your bones and teeth healthy. The gum-like fibre that activates when you soak the seeds for 1 hour will help keep your bowels in good shape.
ALMOND YOGURT – for this recipe I used almond yogurt. I have made a recent discovery in the form of this wonderful Nush yogurt. Usually you would use coconut milk to make date caramel and while coconut milk is a good alternative I prefer almond yogurt because it has less saturated fat. I had people asking me where you can get in and you can find it in all major supermarkets as well as health shops.
Healthy Halloween ApplesPrint Recipe
- 4 apples
- 4 pop cake sticks
- 60g hazelnuts
- blitzed for up to a min to crush them (2 large handfuls)
- 3 tbps chia seeds
- Edible eyes (you can find them in the baking aisle)
- For the caramel:
- 6 medjol dates
- 63g Nush almond yogurt (1/2 a small pot)
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- Pinch of salt
Make the caramel. De-stone the dates and add them to a food processor with an S blade along side all other ingredients for the caramel (yogurt, vanilla paste and pinch of salt). Blitz for 2-3 min min until you have a smooth paste. It will look like caramel and the taste is unbelievable.
Take the stem of the apples and give a wash and dry. Push the pop stick down in the place where the stem was until you get it through in the core. You will have to be forceful so hold the pop cake stick from half way down to ensure you are not bending it. Brush the apples all over with the date caramel. Be fairly generous.
Mix the crushed hazelnuts with the chia seeds. Holding the apples from the stick, roll them in the nut and seed mixture until coated all over. Using your finger, expose a bit of the apple skin where you would like to place the eyes. Brush the small roundels with extra caramel and stick the edible eyes. Repeat for all other apples. You can consume straight away but they will keep for a couple of days as it’s only fruit, dried fruit and nuts. Best kept chilled.