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Healthy Caramel Apples

Here's a delicious and healthy recipe for raw vegan caramel apples:


For the Caramel:

  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 10-12 dates)

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or tahini

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2-3 tablespoons water (as needed for consistency)

For the Apples:

  • 4 medium-sized organic crisp apples (such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp)

  • Wooden sticks or skewers

Optional Toppings:

  • Chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)

  • Shredded coconut

  • Mini vegan dark chocolate chips (or just dark chocolate chips if not vegan)


  1. Prepare the Caramel:

    • In a food processor or high-speed blender, blend the pitted Medjool dates, almond butter (or tahini), melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and sea salt.

    • Add 2-3 tablespoons of water gradually, as needed, to achieve a smooth, thick, and caramel-like consistency. Blend until the mixture is creamy and caramel-colored.

  1. Prepare the Apples:

    • Thoroughly wash and dry the apples. Remove the stems and insert the wooden sticks or skewers into the tops of the apples, where the stems were.

  1. Coat the Apples:

    • Spoon the raw caramel mixture over each apple, rotating them to ensure an even coating. You can also dip the apples into the caramel and use a spatula to spread the caramel evenly.

  1. Optional Toppings:

    • If desired, roll the caramel-coated apples in chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or mini vegan chocolate chips to add texture and flavor.

  1. Set and Serve:

    • Place the coated apples on a parchment-lined plate or tray and let them set in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to firm up.

  1. Enjoy:

    • Once the caramel has set, your raw vegan caramel apples are ready to be enjoyed as a delightful, healthier treat.

These raw vegan caramel apples are a guilt-free and delightful way to enjoy the classic fall treat. The creamy, sweet, and caramel-like topping perfectly complements the crisp and refreshing taste of the apples. Enjoy these healthier indulgences as a tasty and satisfying dessert!

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