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Go to any grocery store, especially at this time of year and you will find “do-it-yourself” caramel apple kits and little dipping containers with caramel.  While caramel is one of the most universally cherished sweet flavors, if you read the contents, the first ingredient will invariably be “High Fructose Corn Syrup,” soon to be given a new, somewhat misleading name and makeover – “Corn Sugar”, compliments of that very lucrative industry.  Other commercial caramel ingredients include hydrogenated oils, milk solids and artificial flavorings.

This raw, vegan, dairy-and gluten-free caramel sauce is so convincingly “real” and satisfying that it’s always a winner at my classes and workshops.  Isn’t it nice to know that we don’t need to sacrifice our teeth, blood sugar levels and waistlines for the joys of this ultimate comfort food?
caramel apple balls

An Apple a Day Really Does Keep the Doctor Away!

 Apples truly are a superfruit!  Did you know that the malic acid in their oh-so-edible fresh inhibits bacterial growth?  We especially love Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith or Gala.
Enjoy!  (and I’ll look forward to hearing your feedback)
1 cup medjool dates, pitted
1/3 to ½ cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)*
1 tsp. virgin coconut oil
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract (alcohol-free is best) or vanilla paste or powder.
1 TB. either lucuma, mesquite or maca (superfood powders) or several drops of. Butterscotch Flavoring by Frontier**pinch of saltApples

Optional:  crushed pecan pieces, walnuts, peanuts or slivered almonds

Pit dates and cut into smaller pieces.  Place in blender with 1/3 cup of almond milk, coconut oil, salt and Lucuma powder.  Blend until smooth, using spatula to scrape down sides until you have caramel consistency.   Add more almond milk if needed.  Pour into shallow bowl.   Insert skewer or stick in center of apple and either roll in caramel or layer on with butter knife to smooth.  Dip in pecan pieces.  You can also slice apple and dip one half in caramel and in pecan or almonds slivers.  To make mini-balls, peel the apple and use a melon baller

*You can buy ready-made almond milk at the health food store, but it is super easy and economical to make your own – a fun task to do with the kids.  See my video lesson. We also have 100% natural nut milk bags.

**Lucuma is a superfood powder that is made from a small South American fruit.  Many health food stores now have raw foods sections and may have it packaged.  It has a lovely, yet subtle caramel taste and offers a lot of nutrients.  I have also used Maca, a malty-flavored superpowder that might be easier to find as it has hit the mainstream as of a few years ago.  Online raw food stores and ebay and are also good sources for Lucuma and other high nutrient superfoods.

You can replace with a few drops of Butterscotch flavoring, but there is a small amount of dairy in that extract and not completely vegan.

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copyright 2011 Quantum Mind Press, Raw Fusion Living and LindaJoy Rose, Ph.D.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site,

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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  1. Dr linda Rose, is a genius of great tasting receipes and healthly besides. I enjoy her
    classes when she has them. Beautiful personally also. You will not be disappointed.
    Salome Sova

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