Healthy Caramel Apples

Healthy Caramel Apples - they taste just like the real deal, and no one will ever guess they're healthy!

I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited to share a recipe before. And, that’s saying a lot since I only post my favourite recipes on here, period. You guys, HEALTHY CARAMEL APPLES!! What else is there to say, really?

These caramel apples are chewy, and sticky, and taste just like the real deal. Except, they’re healthy! And, no one will ever guess! If you can’t already tell by the amount of exclamation points in the post, I want to shout it from the roof tops, “Go make this recipe right now!”

One of the many reasons why I’m excited about this recipe is because it’s so quick and simple. These are not only the healthiest caramel apples but the easiest too. Just for fun, I created a little video to show you just how easy it is to make these delectably good-for-you treats.

Do you see just how easy these are to make? And, I bet you have everything on hand to make them already!

With nut butter, honey, and apples being the main ingredients, these are definitely a feel-good treat. The honey gets caramelized to give the necessary caramelized flavour, and makes sure that the coating sets up nicely. While the nut butter is what gives it, it’s signature chew. The amazing thing is that you don’t actually really even taste the nut butter or honey. It just honestly tastes like caramel.

I made mine using Jif’s new Almond and Cashew Butter. The lighter caramel apples are the cashew and the darker ones are the almond butter. My favourite combo was the cashew butter with toasted coconut and chocolate. So very good. But, of course you can dip them in chopped nuts or anything else your little heart desires. My kids prefer them with no extra’s besides a drizzling of chocolate.

These would make a great addition to a Thanksgiving dessert table. (Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians this weekend!) I think it would be so fun to have a caramel apple dipping/decorating table for all the kidlets to make their own wholesome dessert after the meal. It takes only a few minutes for the caramel to set up and be ready to eat. Just be warned, you will have some very sticky fingers and happy faces on your hands.

Healthy Caramel Apples - they taste just like the real deal, and no one will ever guess they're healthy!

The J.M. Smucker Company asked me to do a series of posts featuring their new Almond and Cashew butters. I ecstatically agreed, as I love that alternative nut butters are becoming more mainstream. (And, hello, they make it possible to eat healthy caramel apples!) I was compensated for this post, but all thoughts, opinions and recipes are my own.

Healthy Caramel Apples
 
The amount of apples you use will depend on the size of the apples and the thickness of the caramel when coating. If you keep the caramel warm, it will make a thinner coating and you will be able to coat more apples. If you want a thicker coating, allow it to cool a bit first, keeping in mind that you won’t get as smooth of a look, and you won’t be able to cover as many apples.
Makes: 4-6 caramel apples

Ingredients
Optional toppings
  • chopped nuts or toasted coconut, for dipping
  • melted dark chocolate, for drizzling

Instructions
  1. Place honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat, continue to let it boil for 3 minutes (a little darkening is normal but if you feel the honey is turning too dark remove from heat immediately and proceed with the recipe). Remove from heat, stir in nut butter, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Dip apples into caramel, using a spoon to help coat all the sides. Allow the excess to drip off, scraping off any bits that gather at the bottom with a spoon. Place on a greased parchment paper to cool completely. The coating should be set once cooled. Store in the fridge until serving.
Optional toppings
  1. If you like you can dip the freshly caramel-coated apples into chopped nuts or toasted coconut for extra flavour and pizzaz.
  2. To drizzle chocolate easily and precisely, scoop into a small resealable plastic bag, snip off a tiny piece from one corner and use like a piping bag.

P.S. If you give this recipe a try I’d love to see how it turned out for you! Share a pic on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #kitchensimplicity and I’ll make sure to add it to the new community page (just make sure the picture is set as public so we can all see it!). And don’t forget, through the month of October all photos shared are entered to win a surprise gift from me!