Toffee apples are quintessential for autumn across the world. They are consumed for halloween, bonfire night and even christmas! Traditionally, toffee apples are basically covered in pure sugar, so I wanted to make a healthified version of toffee apples, without all the sugar.
To make the toffee, I took inspiration from the classic British pudding sticky toffee pudding, one of my favourite puddings. Dates are one of the main ingredients in it, and they give the cake the toffee flavour, as they have a very caramel-ly taste to them. So I used dates as the main ingredient for these healthy toffee apples.
The toffee in this recipe only has 4 ingredients which are almond butter, dates, a splash of water and a little bit of vanilla. That’s it. Super easy to make! Better yet, this toffee actually has some pretty good nutritional value! Almonds are a superb source of good fats, vitamin E and magnesium. Dates are fibre rich and a source of iron. The fibre in dates will slow down the release of sugars to the blood stream, keeping your blood sugar levels in check!
Apples have high concentration of pectin. Pectin is usually used as a gelling agent when making jams, but it’s actually a soluble fibre! And soluble fibre binds water to it, and that’s why pectin is used in jams.
Soluble fibre is great for reducing cholesterol levels in the body as cholesterol binds to it! The pectin is mainly found in the skin of the apples, so when you eat your apples, eat the skin! That’s where you find all the good stuff like pectin and vitamins and minerals!
Healthy toffee apples – Nutrition tidbits
- High in dietary fibre, which helps to balance your blood sugar levels and keeps your gut healthy and happy.
- Rich in vitamin E which works as an antioxidant and may protect against cardiovascular disease. Also great for keeping your skin healthy!
- Good source of riboflavin (B2), magnesium and manganese and vitamin C.
These can be made beforehand and will last at least 3 days in the fridge, as long as you keep the skin on the apples obviously.
Healthy Toffee Apples
- 7 dates stone removed
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp water
- 0.5 tsp vanilla
- 3 small apples
- 3 lollipop sticks or sturdy wooden sticks.
- Desiccated coconut optional
- Place dates, almond butter and 1 tablespoon water in a food processor. Blend until smooth and there's no bits of dates left. If the mixture is too thick, add a little bit more water. You want the mixture to be thick, but loose enough so it's spreadable.
- Take your apples and place a lollipop stick in each of them.
- To spread the mixture, hold the stick and spread it around the apple.
- Roll the apples in desiccated coconut (optional)
- Place the apples on a plate with greaseproof paper and keep in the fridge.