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October 14, 2010

Rawsome Caramel Apples for the Holidays.

Rawsome Caramel Apples

6 organic apples

2 cups dates soaked in 1 cup water, and mashed down

2 tablespoons raw tahini

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tiny pinch Celtic salt

2 cups walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts or other nut of your choice


Pulse the nuts in a food processor and transfer to a bowl.

Poke a chopstick through 6 apples.

In a food processor blend the soaked dates, vanilla, and salt until smooth.

Using a butter knife, apply the date paste to each apple. Swirl in nuts. Chill in the refrigerator.

Enjoy this October delight!

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All of the raw ingredients in this recipe have particular nutritional and spiritual properties that will keep you both physically and mentally healthy…

Apples

Apples, native to Eurasia, are members of the Rosaceae (Rose) Family, relatives of peaches and pears, and known botanically as (Malus species). Malus is the Greek term for “round fruit.”

Everyone has heard the expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This is because apples are high in pectin, a soluble, and help stabilize blood sugar levels. Eating apples also stimulates saliva flow, promotes good digestion, cleans the teeth and stimulates gum tissue. Apples are rich in flavonoids, beta-carotene, vitamins, B, C , and the minerals boron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and silicon. The more tart an apple is, the higher its Vitamin C content.

Apples have long been associated with the planet Venus, the element of Water and the energies of peace, love and health.

Walnuts

Walnuts  (Juglans nigraJ. regia) are members of the Juglandaceae (Walnut) Family. The genus name, Juglans, is derived from the Latin Jovis glans, or “nut of Jupiter,”  derived from the belief that gods dined on walnuts. The Chinese refer to walnuts as “longevity fruit” because a walnut tree lives for several hundred years.

In many cultures walnuts are considered a good brain tonic because of their physical resemblance to a brain.  They are now known to be rich in protein and essential fatty acids.

Walnuts are associated with the Sun, element of Fire and the energies of consciousness and protection.

Dates

Dates (Phoenix dactylifera) are the fruit of a date palm, and members of the Palmaceae (Palm) Family. The genus name, Phoenix, is perhaps in reference to the mythological phoenix that rises from the ashes, as the date has its roots in the water and its head in the heat of the sky. The species name, dactylifera means fingers, which the dates resemble.

The date palm is considered a symbol of fertility. Dates are high in carbohydrates, glutamic acid, tyramine, niacin, boron, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Dates are a great transition food, for those leaving behind sugar and junk food.

Be sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after enjoying dates, as their stickiness clings to teeth. The date palm is used in making shelter, baskets, mats, and rope.  An Arab proverb states that there are as many uses for the date palm as days in the calendar.

Dates are associated with the Sun, the element of Air and the energies of strength and spirituality.

Sesame Seeds (Sesamum indicum)

Sesame is a member of the Pedaliaceae (Sesame) Family. The seeds are about 50 percent oil and 25 to 35 percent protein, vitamin E, calcium, and iron protein.

Hulled sesame seeds are used to make tahini; unhulled seeds make sesame butter.

Sesame seeds are associated with the Sun, element of Fire and energies of fertility, sex, protection, and prosperity.

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