It worked! The day was perfect. The tea was enjoyed, the treats were eaten, many laughs were shared, and precious memories made. It was the intimate gathering that I had dreamed of.
The lesson here? Try something new! Go outside of that comfort zone and see what magic happens! Invite joy.
Fabulous Apple "Nachos"
2 large apples, quartered and thinly sliced (I used Honeycrisp)
dairy-free chocolate chips
Raw vegan caramel sauce
For the sauce:
1 cup dates (soaked in hot water for about 20 minutes)
2 tsp almond butter (or any nut or seed butter)
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
dash of salt
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding more water if needed to achieve the desired consistency.
To assemble the "nachos":
Thinly slice the apples and soak in a mixture of water and lemon juice to discourage browning, pat dry. Layer apple slices onto a plate or platter. Melt the chocolate chips (you could add a bit of coconut oil to thin the chocolate more) until it is runny. Drizzle the chocolate over the apples. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the apples. Top with the almonds, cranberries and coconut (or whatever toppings you like)!
This recipe is my own twist, and is inspired by the caramel filling in Angela Liddon's Oh She Glows Cookbook, (Penguin Canada Books, Toronto, 2014).