This creamy dip has subtle caramel undertones due to the richness of sweet dates. But its unique nut-buttery flavor comes from soaked raw cashews. It’s hard not to “double-dip!” Enjoy!
Love apples as much as we do? Here are even more delicious grain-free apple recipes perfect for celebrating Fall:
• Apple-Carrot Coleslaw
• Strawberry-Apple Salad
• Crockpot Applesauce
Healthy "Caramel" Apple Dip (GF, DF)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 10 whole medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (use 1/2 vanilla bean seeds for Whole30)
- Optional: 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (omit for Whole30)
- 4-6 organic apples, cored and sliced
- Cover the raw cashews with room temp water and allow them to soak for at least two hours (preferably 7-8 hours to decrease phytic acid and improve digestibility).
- Place the whole, pitted dates into a separate bowl, cover with water and allow them to soak for two hours. (Do not soak the dates longer, or they will become too mushy.)
- Once soaking time is completed, drain the cashews and dates. Add them to a blender or Vita-Mix, along with the remaining ingredients, except for the apples. Blend on medium-high until completely smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired thickness is reached.
- Place the dip into a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with fresh sliced apples for a deliciously healthy treat. Yum!
Why did it never come to my mind of having apples with a creamy dip!! And yours is superb. Fantastic!!!! 😀
So glad you like it, Minnie! Appreciate your kind words! Blessings, Kelly 🙂
We tried this today and it was super yummy! So good and so healthy! Thanks for sharing!
So glad you enjoyed it, Elizabeth! It’s quite good with soaked raw almonds too. I soak them overnight and remove the skins before blending. YUM! Blessings, Kelly
This looks divine! I can’t believe an apple dip could be healthy, and this is even high protein so it’d probably fill the family up as a snack and not just as a dessert. Figs might be hard to find though, then again I don’t think I’ve ever shopped for figs…
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Thanks for taking time to leave a kind note, Emily! Lots of blessings! Happy Fall, Kelly 🙂
I am not seeing the recipe for the Healthy Caramel Apple Dip on this page. When I click on the “mock caramel apple dip” text link within the narrative, it will not take me to a recipe. Is there a better link for this recipe?
Hi, Holli. Apologies your having trouble with the link. I just checked them and they are fine. However, I do know that sometimes that website (OC FAMILY) does go down unexpectedly. Here is the direct link: http://blogs.ocfamily.com/celebrating-autumn-apples/
Please let me know if you have any trouble connecting. Lots of blessings, Kelly 🙂
Can I use another tree nut for this recipe and have it still taste great? I was thinking almonds.
Hi, Kim. I haven’t tried it using almonds. The reason I chose cashews for this recipe is because they are so mild they work well to ensure the taste is right-on as far as a carmel-like flavor. Almonds will make this more almond butter tasting, but if you like almond butter, then that shouldn’t be an issue. 🙂
Thanks. The reason I ask is because I am allergic to cashews, so I am always looking for alternatives to them. I will try it and see how it tastes.
Please let me know if it turns out well. Thanks, Kim! 🙂
This is delicious! I made it with only 1 TBS of maple syrup to just cut back on the sugar (given how sweet the dates are) and it was still plenty sweet enough for us. Thanks for sharing.
You are SO welcome! I applaud you for using even less maple syrup! So glad you all enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind note! 🙂