Recipe ReDeux: Caramel Apples Redefined

Tomorrow is the first day of fall, meaning my obsession with pumpkin, cinnamon, maple, pears and apples is finally justified.

I am obsessed with these things all year long of course, but now its okay.

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One of the biggest fall traditions my family has is going up to Apple Hill. A huge apple orchard with every kind of apple ready to pick you can imagine, fresh apple cider, famous apple pies and fudge and apple donuts  and kettle corn and pumpkin patches and cute little crafts and everything fall you can imagine stuffed into one. It even smells like Fall.  And of course,  there’s caramel apples.

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But I must make a confession: I’ve never actually liked caramel apples. As a kid, they were just too hard to eat -the caramel was too sweet and fell of the tart apple and covered my face in sticky caramel and hurt my teeth (especially the loose ones! Ahh childhood). Then I got braces which meant I couldn’t have a caramel apple even if I wanted too (which, even though I didn’t like them, I still always wanted one). On top of all that, we soon went vegan. Apple Hill is not very fun for vegans. (JustKiddingitstillis. we just can’t eat anything)

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But I still love the idea of caramel apples, and I love apple pie even more! So thats why when this month’s Recipe ReDeux theme was no-cook desserts, I decided what better way to ring in Fall than remaking caramel apples into a treat that is both healthy, more exciting (the spices!), and easy to eat for both the toothless and the brace faced.

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Made with beautiful, whole food ingredients, this super simple treat is an excellent way to welcome Fall the way we were meant to -by enjoying the bounty of Earth’s harvest in it’s whole, natural form.

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Sweet, soft caramelly bites infused with fall spices and studded with pieces of tart green apple. These are incredible! And I bet, if thinned out with almond milk a bit, this would make an amazing caramel apple dip! Fruit on fruit on delicious fruit -man I love apple season!

Raw Caramel Apple Pie Spice Bites

Makes 12-16, depending on how big you roll ’em 🙂

  • 1 C. pitted Medjool Dates
  • 2T. Raw Almond Butter
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. almond milk or water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 T. ground flax
  • 1/2 T. coconut flour (optional)
  • 4-6 T. oats
  • 1 T. chopped nuts
  • 1/2 C. finely chopped green apple

In a food processor, blend dates, nut butter, lemon juice, and almond milk until smooth. Add vanilla, spices, flax and optional coconut flour (this is if your mixture is too wet) and pulse until combined. Pulse in oats and nuts, then pulse/mix in apple. Form into tablespoon sized balls and keep in freezer or fridge until firm and ready to eat!

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Also, congratulations to

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Kalia and Aimee for winning a free Vegan Delish app!! Send me an email at laceybug96(at)gmail.com so I can pass your email on to Carrie and you can get your app!!

Now have a wonderful day everyone!! And don’t forget to check out the other awesome recipes in this month’s recipe redeux!!

 

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WIAW -Just dropping in!

Hey! Just popping in between homework assignments for a quick WIAW! I don’t have much time, and my eats have looked very similar day to day -as is the life of a high school AP student. I also didn’t even get pictures of a lot of my eats (aka my desserts, which are the best haha) Sad. But my hard class is almost over, fall is in the air, and its WIAW!!!!!

And can we all give a big virtual hug to mama Jenn for hosting? I just love her baby so much!!!!If I weren’t so talkative this would be a wordless WIAW, but instead its just completely random as I try to unscramble my brain from quizzes and tests 🙂

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I seriously cannot get enough squash lately. Kabocha for the win!!

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I swear I am turning even more orange than I already am….totally okay with me.

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Throw everything on a salad and call it a meal. Fresh veggies, leftovers, etc and etc. I dig it. mmmmmm kale 😉

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Once in a while I actually have time to cook! Vegan mac n cheese with a cauliflower cheezy sauce, quinoa penne, and veggies

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Apple oatmeal…..

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Pumpkin oatmeal…

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Okay if you haven’t made the cookie crisp cereal from Purely Twins, go do so now. ADDICTIVE.


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Yes I tried cotton candy grapes. Yes they taste like cotton candy haha! Oh America…..

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I’m resourceful. What do you do when your outlets stop working? Keep moving the blender around to every outlet in the house until your kabocha-gingerbread ice cream base is WELL BLENDED. 😉
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For whatever reason I’ve been really into cereal for dessert lately. At breakfast I only want oatmeal, but at dessert time? bowls of cereal are bomb. This was veganic brown rice cacao crispies with almond milk:)
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TCBY Launched their Almond Milk froyo so of course we had to go check it out! The verdict? Really sweet. I’m spoiled by the uber dark chocolate and less sweet desserts I make myself haha! But still, its super awesome to have an option other than sorbet now!!!

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Have you guys seen the new savory teas? We got the garden sampler so we could try all the different flavors. They are well, different. Interesting at least! Like a very weak broth.

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And last but not least, I’ve been practicing my smoothie skills because I GOT A JOB AT JAMBA JUICE!!!! Whoop whoop!!!

 

Don’t forget to check out my Vegan Delish review and enter the GIVEAWAY!! 😀

Aaaannnndddd thats all I have time for! Have a lovely lovely week everyone!!!

Vegan Delish!

Holy Homework Batman!!! Where has the time gone? Ladies and gents -it has been nearly 3 weeks since my last post and why? Because senior year is taking over my life. Actually, its just AP Gov doing that. But never fear! I have but a month left of this class and then college applications come out and after that my schedule should free up considerably! But my dear lovely readers! I owe you recipes and updates on running/eats/life and hopefully these shall grace your readers in a more timely manner. It’s not you-it’s me! Please don’t leave me! I’ll change! I love you!!! 😉

A few weeks ago, the absolutely lovely Carrie from Carrie on Vegan reached out to me and asked if I would like to review her app Vegan Delish.

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Of course I said yes:)

Vegan Delish is an amazing recipe app with mouthwatering whole food, plant based and many raw vegan recipes!

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They are all Dr. Furhman approved recipes, meaning low sodium, low/no oil, and low/no sugar -but don’t think for one second that these recipes lose out on flavor!

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the app is very easy to navigate, you can scan all the recipes or view them in categories, favorite the ones you want to make for easy access, make grocery lists for ingredients you need, and even email the recipes to yourself so that you can print them out!!

I actually already had the app on my phone with half of the recipes favorited- so this was the PERFECT chance for me to get my cook on!!

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The first recipe I tried were the delicious Beet Burgers! With beets, mushrooms, onion, beans and rice plus an awesome flavor blend, these burgers had an amazing flavor with a slight sweetness from the beets. They held together incredibly well, and the recipe even made enough for leftovers (which is ALWAYS a good thing with a good recipe!)

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These even got a thumbs up from my stepdad (who, while slowly converting to our healthier vegan ways, still prefers more conventional flavors and is also beet-averse.) and my older sister (who just recently became vegan and is picky). So making these again!!! YUM!

The next recipe that caught my eye was of course the one with the most interesting ingredient combination 🙂 Delicious Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

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Whats that green stuff? Oh just broccoli slaw!! I’m serious! These muffins are made with whole oats, and garbanzo beans, have no oil, are sweetened completely with raisins and applesauce, and have 3 WHOLE CUPS  of broccoli slaw! That means each muffin had almost half a serving of whole grains, fruit and veggies (you would seriously never know)! They weren’t overly sweet, which was great and they reminded me of cinnamon raisin bread (ah memories). A perfect, hearty and healthy, fill you up muffin for a snack, or a couple for a meal! So good!!!

I really do adore this app -so far not a single recipe has disappointed and there are so many more I can’t wait to try too! Stuffed Sweet Potato skins, Herbed Dill Cashew Cheese, Chocolate Buckwheat Brittle, the list goes on! I have a feeling Banana Bread Oat Pancakes and Kabocha Squash Soup will be on the menu very shortly, with some No-Bake PB&J Pie  or Vanilla Chai Chia Pudding for dessert!

You can buy this awesome app for iPhones and iPads for only $2.99, which is an incredible deal considering that you are getting an ENTIRE COOKBOOK with new recipes constantly being added that you can take with you wherever you go! Whoo Hoo!!!

But even more Whoo-Hoo-ish? Carrie is generously offering two free promo codes for two lucky readers to get a FREE Vegan Delish App!  This is open to US Residents only, and is only available on iPhones and iPads (sorry!)

To Enter for a chance to win a free app:

1 entry for each task:) I’ll pick a winner on Saturday the 21st!

Thank you Carrie for inspiring me to get back in the kitchen after this crazy school rockslide, and thank you for creating an app with healthful recipes that we can actually use and feel good about eating!!!