We’re just going to go ahead and say it: whoever you make these for will say, “I ‘donut’ know what I would do without you!” If you’re someone who loves donuts but doesn’t like the thought of where that dough is gonna go, you’ll want to check out this simple and delicious recipe.
It’s a perfect alternative to the dense, doughy, deep-fried treats that aren’t always the healthiest. But giving these “donuts” up doesn’t seem like it will be too hard especially when you’ve got dates, apples, and dark chocolate to look forward to (not to mention those ingredients’ health benefits). Plus this recipe will keep in the fridge for up to three days which makes it perfect for a work-week snack (assuming you and your family don’t eat ’em all right away).
How to Make Healthy Candy Apple “Donuts”
Step 1: Date Caramel
Makes 1 cup
1 cup pitted dates boiling water
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
1 teaspoon raw coconut oil
1 cup date soaking water
What to Do:
Place dates in a small, heat-proof bowl and pour boiling water on top, just enough to cover. Let dates soak for 10 minutes.
Strain dates, reserving the soaking water, and place dates in a food processor or high-speed blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until a smooth, caramel texture has been achieved. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides from time to time.
Step 2: Prepare Chopped Toasted Almonds & Melted Chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place 1/2 cup raw, unsalted almonds on a baking sheet and place in oven to toast for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden and fragrant. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Chop
Set up a double boiler with a small, heatproof bowl on top of a pot of simmering water. Be sure
that the bottom of the bowl does not make contact with the water. Place 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil in the bowl and gently mix until 90% melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until fully melted.
Step 3: Candy Apple Donuts
Makes 8 donuts
2 large green apples, organic is best
1 cup date caramel
1 1/2 cups melted chocolate
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
What to Do:
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice apples crosswise into 1/2 inch rounds. 1
apple will yield approximately 8 large slices.
Using a small, round cookie cutter, about 1” in diameter, cut a hole in the center of each apple slice. Group slices into pairs.
Spread a layer of caramel on top of 8 apple rings and top each caramel apple ring with second
apple ring to make a sandwich.
Dip each apple caramel sandwich into melted chocolate until covered in a nice, even layer. Gently tap off excess chocolate and place chocolate covered apple sandwich on the baking
Sprinkle generously with chopped, toasted almonds. Repeat until you’ve completed all
Place baking sheet with apple sandwiches in the fridge to set overnight, or in the freezer to set
for 20-30 minutes. Once chocolate is solid and set, transfer candy apple donuts to an airtight
container and store in the fridge. Will keep for 2-3 days.