Halloween marks the beginning of the six months of holidays. It all starts with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, KwanZaka, New Years, My Birthday, Valentine’s Day, Justin’s Birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, then finishes up with Easter/Passover.
PHEW! That’s a LOT of parties!
But today’s post is all about the holiday that starts the season of holidays: Halloween.
Halloween is all about the candy, isn’t it? Sure, there’s the costumes, and the parties, but it’s all for the candy. And now that we’re raw, I don’t want the candy. I have candy every day. It’s called fruit!
As I look at Halloween candy now with a raw food perspective, “candy” is Ancient. Foreign. Strange. Inedible. But the memories remain of Halloween’s past. The costumes. The fun with family. Passing out with a sugar rush…
Ok, maybe the sugar rush wasn’t so fun.
And when I say candy, you know what I’m talkin’ about. KitKat, Snickers, MilkyWay, Reeses. SweetTarts, Smarties, Nerds, HotTamales. And those of you in other countries must have your own favorites.
The names of whatever your favorite candy was, will make you remember that time of your life. Know what I mean?
And now that Justin and I are raw, we’re inventing new “candies”. Candy that tastes waaaaaaaay better than any of the old candy I loved.
This Halloween marks a celebrated moment for me, as I made some of my first really delicious raw recipes… some of my first successful raw food original creations!
The biggest success? This caramel apple dip with fresh Minnesota apples.
Caramel Apple Dip Recipe
Makes 4-6 servings
- 2 cups Medjool dates, chopped and soaked for at least one hour in a mixture of water with the juice of one small lemon (drain the dates, and leave the soaking water aside)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- juice of one half small lemon
- 1 teaspoon salt
Blend in a high powered blender, and using the plunger tool, keep moving the mixture as the blender might struggle a bit. Blend until creamy. Serve the dip with apples or pears.
- The dates get a much better “bite” of flavor when soaked in the water/lemon juice mixture
- Maple syrup gives a better caramel flavor than agave nectar. Or, if you are opposed to maple syrup, you can choose to use dark amber agave nectar instead.
- the vanilla extract helps give the mixture the color and the flavor of caramel. Without the vanilla extract the dip has a much lighter brown color and the date flavor comes through.
Good news! If you store the dip in an airtight container, this caramel apple dip will last for approximately three days.
If you try the recipe, be sure to post a photo or tell me about it!
This recipe could also be a great sweet snack for your family on Thanksgiving!
Updated version of the recipe can be found here.
Everyone who had this “candy” wanted more. This new recipe was a BIG success!
I’m still trying to perfect the caramel apple recipe, but it’s almost perfect! I wish you were here to try this caramel goodness!
Halloween has come and gone, but I am already excited for next year’s Halloween. And I’m also really excited for all these other holidays. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I’m getting a whole raw menu prepared. I tried to do thanksgiving raw last year, but this year is gonna rock our world!
So wherever you are on your raw food journey, three cheers to you.
Keep checkin’ back, as there are some holiday recipes commin’ your way!
P.S., Here are a few tips and tricks to make your Halloween night a treat!
- If you are going to a party, make sure to make yourself something to eat before you leave. Have a nice big salad. Plan ahead so you won’t be starving at the party.
- Bring a bottle of water with you. You will probably want something to drink besides diet cola.
- Bring a green smoothie with you, and call it “swamp water”, or “the Creature From the Black Lagoon”, or Frankenstein’s favorite beverage. Be light about the conversation surrounding your green goo and you just might get someone interested in green smoothies!
- If there is candy there, and you want to eat it, pick one candy. Pick your absolute favorite that you haven’t had in ten years. Take a moment away from the rest of the party, and try to savor it. Just a word of warning – it will most likely not taste as good as you might think. This can be a wake up call that raw food really does taste better than what we imagine!
- If you know you are going to a giant drunkfest, and you are going to drink alcohol, bring organic wine to the party instead of reaching for the keg. If it is a big party you might want to hide your special wine away, or ask the hostess to put it in a special spot for you.
- Bring a Larabar, trail mix or some dehydrated snacks in your bag or purse. You will probably be having so much fun that you won’t want to leave to go eat raw food!
- If there is a fruit or vegetable tray, raid it!
will be people at the party that just want to stuff their faces, or
drink alcohol until they puke. Try your best to avoid these people
because they will want to bring you into temptation. And they might want
to puke on you. Not cool.
- Before you enter the
party, take a moment to plan out your ideal party situation. Perhaps you
want to remind yourself that you are there to see friends and meet
people, and not to gorge on candy and alcohol. Perhaps there is one
person you really want to talk to – so make a point to find this person
and spend time with them.
- Stay positive, and celebrate. This is a party!