Healthy Caramel Apples

6-ingredient Healthy Caramel Apple Recipe

When I think about caramel apples, I imagine crisp October days, the smell freshly fallen leaves, and thick and creamy caramel filling my mouth with the tastes of melted butter and molten sugar. While caramel apples were a favorite fall treat of mine, I could never finish one. With all that sugar, I’d usually get a stomach ache about halfway through. Then I discovered Food 52’s Vegan Caramel, and my quest for a delicious, healthy caramel apple recipe free of refined sugar began.

While Food 52’s recipe is still my go-to for dipping, it gets some if its sweetness from dates. This is great for flavor, but the tiny chunks my Vitamix misses don’t make for a very pretty pour. Intent on getting it right, I burned through  an entire jar of almond butter and a basketball-sized wad of paper towels to find the solution: blackstrap molasses.

Healthy caramel apple recipe. Paleo, vegan, and free of refined sugar.

I bought a bottle a while back, intrigued by claims that it fights stress and promotes healthy skin. As I’ve shared before, my acne seems to flare up when I enjoy sugary treats, so finding a sweetener that might actually improve my skin sounds almost too good to be true. It served as the perfect solution for my healthy caramel apple recipe, adding a rich, vanilla-y flavor and thinning the sauce so it would flow over the apples in sticky, scrumptious globs.

My healthy caramel apple recipe requires just six ingredients and a few minutes to make. It’s paleo, vegan, and free of refined sugar, so you can feel good about serving it to your kids. Also: it won’t give you a tummy ache. Trust me. I’ve already eaten the entire batch.

Healthy Caramel Apples

This quick and easy recipe is paleo, vegan, and free of refined sugar. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine paleo, vegan


  • 1/4 c almond or cashew butter
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch pink Himalayan sea salt


  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 

  2. Spoon over clean apples and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store refrigerated for up to a week, warming gently if the mixture has solidified.


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