Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a recipe contest to create the “ultimate almond inspired snack”. I had all sorts of thoughts around what I could make – almonds are pretty much a blank canvas for your snack imagination! You could take it sweet, savoury, or spicy; you could use whole almonds, almond butter, or almond flour. And they pretty much go with any other ingredients you want to use them with. Narrowing down what I was going to make was no small feat! I ended up settling on 2 different snack ideas to test, and then submitted the one that I thought was the most unique and that got the most “likes” when I posted images to my Instagram feed (go take a look around if you are curious which was the winner). Of course, that just meant that I had a 2nd equally delicious recipe perfect for sharing on the blog!
The inspiration for this flavour combination came to me when I was perusing the aisles at Bulk Barn (to buy my almonds), and saw all the different flavoured nuts that were also available. I saw salted caramel peanuts, and cinnamon apple walnuts, and thought hey, these would go with almonds. I also wanted something bite size and portable, to throw in my purse on the way to work, or to snack on prior to an afternoon run. And voila! The idea for salted caramel apple pie balls was born!
This is such an easy recipe to throw together – you basically add all the ingredients to your food processor, whiz away, and make them into balls. They taste amazeballs (see what I did there?) – crunch from the almonds, sweetness from the apples, caramelly from the dates, with just a hint of salt to balance it all out. They are sort of like a Larabar, but less heavy on the dates. And they earned the boyfriend’s seal of approval, which is basically the icing on the proverbial cake.
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Balls
makes approximately 24 balls
- 1 1/2 cups dried apple slices
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1. Combine the apples, almonds, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse until it looks like coarse crumbs.
2. With the machine running on low, drizzle in 1-2 tbsp maple syrup, until the mixture just starts to stick together. Turn off, and remove from food processor base.
3. Scoop out 1 tbsp of the mixture, and form into balls with your hands. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, or freezer.
What would be your ultimate almond snack? Share in the comments below.