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.
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.
- 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
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Spoon over clean apples and enjoy!
Store refrigerated for up to a week, warming gently if the mixture has solidified.