Apple Dip

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Dates.   I haven’t used them much, but apparently in the whole foods, plant based world they are a great go-to fruit (they are a fruit, right?) for a sugar source without using refined sugars.  I used them as the main ingredient in an apple dip.  Great to serve as a app style dessert!

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • plain, unsweetened almond milk (or preferred non-dairy milk) for soaking
  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter (I buy the kind ground in the store that’s just peanuts and nothing else)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Place the pitted dates in a bowl and pour enough almond milk to just cover.  Soak for an hour or more.  Drain off almond milk into a glass and enjoy the sweetened almond milk!  Place dates and all other ingredients in a food processor.  Process for several minutes, stopping to scrape down as needed.  Continue processing (it takes a while) until there are no (or few) nuggets of dates left and it is nearly smooth.  (I got a little impatient because of my helper and could have probably processed longer….)

Serve with apples for dipping, or spread on apple slices, or even use to coat an apple, caramel-apple-style.  Super duper yummy!!  It’s so sweet it’s hard to believe that there aren’t any added sugars.

Chef’s Notes:

I found that you could definitely taste the peanut butter flavor.  If you don’t prefer that flavor, experiment with almond butter or cashew butter or some other less distinctive nut/seed butter!

Store in refrigerator or freezer.  Next time, I think I’ll make a double or triple batch and put them in small containers in the freezer to pull out whenever I want a healthy, but super sweet dessert!

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