These apple samoas are super simple and fun to make. Just top apple rings with date caramel, toasted coconut and chocolate. A great kid-friendly recipe!
I’ve got such a fun recipe to share with you today! Inspired by my “famous” homemade samoas recipe with an even healthier take: apple samoas. This is the perfect recipe to get the kids involved in if you want an adventure in the kitchen.
Are you feeling inspired in the kitchen? I’ve been going in waves… feeling completely overwhelmed with how much time I’m spending in the kitchen between cooking and dishes while also feeling super inspired to create new recipes that work for our circumstances right now. Lots of pantry staple recipes, of course. But what I’ve really been inspired by lately are healthy recipes that are super simple. So simple that I almost feel silly sharing them, but they are so tasty there’s no way I can keep them from you!
Which brings me to these apple samoas. Ridiculously simple (basically just piling yummy ingredients on each other), but the combination of crunchy apple with date caramel, toasted coconut and chocolate is crazy delicious. I obviously had to share this fun creation! Let’s dive in…
5 Simple Ingredients:
apple – you can use any kind of apple you prefer – my fave is Honeycrisp!
date caramel – yep, we’re making our own caramel sauce out of dates. It’s super simple and absolutely delicious
unsweetened coconut flakes – we’re going to toast these up for extra flavor
chocolate chips – I used Lily’s dark chocolate chips, which are sweetened with stevia and lower in sugar
coconut oil – this just thins the chocolate out a bit and makes it easier to drizzle
Easy Apple Samoas Assembly
If you haven’t made it already, you’ll start by making the date caramel. This sauce is ridiculously tasty and the recipe makes quite a bit because you need the volume in order for your blender or food processor(affiliate link) to blend the sauce. That said, you’ll have leftovers (yay!) to use however you like. You can use it as a dip for apples or as a topping for salted caramel oatmeal or in my samoa baked oatmeal!
If you have kids around the house that want to help you make these, here are some tips:
Older kids that feel comfortable and safe using the stovetop can be in charge of toasting the coconut flakes. Add the flakes to a saucepan or skillet and heat over medium-low heat for 3-6 minutes. Make sure they stir constantly so the flakes don’t burn!
Oder kids can also help with cutting the apple into slices, otherwise that can be the parents job.
For making the hole in the center of the apple. I like using a melon baller, but you can also use an apple corer or even a spoon.
Use a knife or spatula to spread date caramel onto each apple circle. Have your kids sprinkle the toasted coconut on top of the caramel.
Lastly melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave. Drizzle the chocolate mixture across the coconut and voila! Snack is served.
2 Tablespoons chocolate chips (dairy-free, if needed)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Prep date caramel if you haven’t already.
Toast coconut by putting it in a small pan or skillet over medium-low heat for 3-6 minutes. Be sure to stir continuously to prevent the coconut from burning.
Cut apple into 1/4″ slices. You should be able to get about 4 slices. Feel free to snack on the first slice and the last slice since those won’t have a uniform shape.
Use a melon baller to remove the core from the apples and make a little hole in the center of each slice. You can also use a spoon or an apple corer for this step, just be sure it’s this type and not one that chops the apple into sections. Also! You can do this step first if you’re using an apple corer.
Use a knife to spread about 1/2 Tablespoon of date caramel on each apple ring. Sprinkle toasted coconut over each.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted. Drizzle melted chocolate on apple slices and serve immediately or place in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes, just to let the chocolate harden.