Autumn is the time of year when the leaves embarrass the flowers. It's also the time of year when my soul craves warm, spicy apple cider and gooey, sweet caramel apples. But, for the past few years, I have not eaten caramel apples. It’s because they come with an undesirable companion--corn syrup.
Yesterday I couldn’t tame my craving. I had to have a caramel apple. And out of that intense craving came one of my most delicious and easy recipes: Healthy “Caramel” Apples. The whole family will have fun making and eating these apples.
- Organic Granny Smith apples
- approximately ¼ c organic natural peanut butter for each apple
- 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup for each ¼ c of peanut butter
- ¼ c organic unsalted dry roasted peanuts for each apple
Wash and dry apples. Mix the maple syrup with the peanut butter in a small bowl. Crush peanuts in a zip lock bag using a rolling pin. Place them on a plate. With a butter knife, spread peanut butter and maple syrup mixture over apples. Roll apples in the crushed peanuts. Refrigerate for an hour before eating. (Note that the spread will not harden like a caramel apple, but the flavor will make up for it.)
Insert a wooden candy apple stick, or just slice it up.
Enjoy! Store leftovers in the refrigerator. (But there probably won't be any.)
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