Do you love caramel apples? If you saw my healthy caramel apple smoothie post, you know I do!
What I don’t love about the traditional caramel apple is how high in sugar it is. I mean, caramel is basically sugar, right? Now, that’s not a bad thing. I think sugar is completely fine to indulge in every now and then. However, isn’t it so much better to enjoy a treat that tastes like an indulgence, but is actually healthy?
I’ve got you covered. My healthy caramel apples are just that! Healthy, and super sweet! To me, the best part is how real they taste. All of the ingredients (all 2 of them if you don’t count water) come from nature, meaning it has only the best ingredients! Another amazing thing about these healthy caramel apples: they can be enjoyed not only as dessert, but as an afternoon snack. As a kid, my mom never let me have a caramel apple as a snack, but I would definitely give my kid one of these healthy caramel apples…that is, if I had a kid!
I have been enjoying these caramel apples all week, and they will be my treat for Halloween. Well, if I decide not to indulge in something super fattening instead. We shall see….maybe these caramel apples can be a good influence for me! I could use more of those in my life!
What I love about being vegan is learning how easy it is to make substitutions. Yes, caramel is vegan sometimes. However, I have learned that hard way that just because something is vegan, does not mean that it is healthy. I never think that I need to eat strictly health foods all the time. However, I appreciate knowing all of the healthy alternatives that are out there! Especially when the healthier version is just as delicious (sometimes even better!). I will always try to veganize as many recipes as I can. I don’t always promise that all of them will be super healthy, but I can promise that they will be comparable and/or just as amazing!
In this case, these caramel apples are both! Enjoy the best of both worlds by choosing one of the cleanest alternatives to everyone’s favorite Halloween treat out there! I can’t say that my healthy caramel apples are comparable in the melty texture of caramel. However, I can promise that the taste and satisfaction are better than ever! I hope you give them a try!
- 6 Small Green Apples (or 3 large)
- 20 Medjool Dates
- 6 Tablespoons Water
- 1. Add dates and 3 tablespoons of water to high-speed food processor. Blend until mixture is sticky. Add remaining 3 tablespoons water and blend until mixture is smooth, but sticky, about 2 minutes.
- 2. With a spoon or spatula, spread date caramel around apple and spread to fully coat. Repeat for 2 to 5 more apples.
- 3. Line a large plate with parchment paper and place the caramel apples onto the plate. Add sticks if desired. Place in fridge for 3 hours for the caramel to firm. Can be kept in freezer for up to a week.