It’s officially fall for three reasons. One: I’m wearing corduroy’s. Two: I’m also wearing boots. Three: I’m craving apples. Okay, I just realized there is a fourth. Four: The Cardinals are in the Postseason – happens every October. Can I get a YADIIIIIIII???!!!
No? Fine. Be a hater. Doesn’t even matter.
Because it’s FALL! Living in sunny and 75° Cali for 8 years, I forgot how much I love this time of year. I can wear scarves without looking like a poser.
And look at this outfit! Doesn’t it scream bonfires and pumpkin carving?
PS I feel like a free ad for Madewell. Boots: Madewell. Sweater: Madewell. Cords: Madewell. Somebody better recognize. And not just the fact that I clearly need a support group.
Back to the apples.
I had to bring a snack to work this week and wanted something Autumny (sure it’s a word), healthy and delicious. I immediately though of apples and caramel dip, but that did not fit the “healthy” bill.
I started brainstorming foods that I could swap that would bring the sweet, nutty, creaminess of the typical caramel dip without all the butter and sugar. It’s then that I remembered my Coconut Cream Larabars. I used dates, nuts and coconut oil in that recipe and thought maybe with a few tweaks and a lot more food processing, it just might work!
Let’s just say my coworker Brian said, and I quote “I like this better than real caramel dip.” And he’s a dad, so he clearly has it together. Megan for. the. win.
This recipe is naturally sweet, vegan and made with raw ingredients. If you have nut allergies, swap the almond milk for soy or coconut, and use a seed butter (like SunButter) in place of the almond butter. Serve the dip with honeycrisp or granny smith apples, sliced pears or pretzel rods. Then get ready to have your mind blown.
Better than Caramel Apple Dip
1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted (Trader Joe’s has ’em)
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raw almond butter (also Trader Joe’s)
1 TBSP coconut oil
1. Soak the dates in water for 2 hours, or until soft. Remove pits.
2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides as you go. Add a little extra milk as you go, if the texture isn’t to your liking. Geez, you’re high maintenance.
3. Chill for at least one hour before serving.
4. Serve with sliced fruit or crackers, or thin with milk to drizzle over baked goods.
What is your favorite thing about fall?
Do you have a “store” addiction? You know who you are.