Friday, December 13, 2013

Spicy Apple Caramel Bites

Apples and spice are the perfect combination for the cooler months. These little dessert balls remind me of apple pie and caramel. They are so good, and go great with hot herbed tea.

1 cup almonds
½ cup pecans
½ tsp cardamom
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
1 ½ cups dried apple (Granny Smith variety)
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
16 dates

Using a food processor, grind nuts almost to a powder. Add remaining ingredients, adding the dates for last, and mix until sticky and dough like. Remove from processor and place in a large mixing bowl. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop dough into hands and roll into small balls. I actually cut the dough balls in half and roll them into smaller balls. Do this for all the dough. Store in an air tight container. You can store in the cupboard, but best to store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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