Recipe of the Week
These Caramel Apple Pops get a nutrition boost from an unsuspected ingredient - Dates! I found this recipe in an old copy of Paleo Magazine, and I’m so glad I did. They are super fun and delicious.
1 cup (packed) pitted Medjool dates (about 12 large dates)
½ cup warm water, more as needed
2 TBSP maple syrup
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 medium Granny Smith apples
16 (6-inch) wooden skewers
Raw cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips, for sprinkling
Chopped pecans, for sprinkling (I used pistachios)
Place the dates in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse a few times to chop. Add the warm water, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Process to form a paste, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. The paste should be thick but spreadable and mostly smooth. (If needed, add additional warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to achieve the right consistency.) Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
Core the apples and cut each apple into 8 wedges. Insert the skewers into the apples. Dip the top half of each apple wedge into the date “caramel,” using a spoon to spread it on. Sprinkle the dipped apples with cacao nibs (or chocolate chips) and pecans. Serve immediately.
Note: I skipped skewering the apples and instead put the caramel, chocolate, and nuts in separate bowls. Scott, Emma, and I dipped to our hearts’ content.
Note to Self
“When life is hectic and you are overwhelmed, and your brain is like a squirrel darting across a busy street, remember that all you ever have to do, at any given moment, is the next thing. You can manage that. Also, you should drink some water. Maybe have some chocolate or something. You’re doing fine.”
I knew that “holiday overwhelm” had hit me when I broke down in tears at my chiropractor’s office this week. If you’re in a similar position where ALL OF THE THINGS are hitting you, please know that you’re not alone.
The holiday season tends to be a bit overwhelming for a lot of people, especially women.
If you are FEELING IT, please let me know. I’m going to get some chocolate sent your way.
Warm hugs, my friend. xoxo
Live well. Be kind.