Is it possible to make healthy vegan caramel that tastes amazing? Rest assured, it is possible and there’s nothing tricky about this favorite fall treat! The Sweet & Simple Caramel Sauce made from dates and coconut milk adds mouth-watering flavor to fresh apples. This is a perfect way to incorporate raw fruit into your otherwise candy-fueled Halloween festivities! Follow the instructions below to make these healthy and cruelty-free caramel apples.
- 1 pound pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup Coconut milk
- Pinch of sea salt
- Remove pits from dates. If dates are dry, rehydrate them in water for ~1 hour.
- Add dates, vanilla extract, and coconut milk to a food processor.
- Process until the mixture is smooth (approx. 5 minutes). The consistency should similar to creamy peanut butter. It should stick to a spoon and spread easily. If the mixture is too dry, add additional coconut milk, 1 tsp at a time, until the desired consistency is achieved.
- This recipe will make enough to cover ~10 medium sized apples. The coconut milk can be substituted with any non-dairy milk. To give your caramel a festive flavor, try adding 1/8 tsp of pumpkin spice. For salted caramel, add additional sea salt to your liking.
- 10 apples (for this recipe, I used medium sized Granny Smith apples for a tart flavor and gorgeous color, and Gala apples for a sweet and mild flavor.)
- 10 6" lollipop sticks
- Toppings of choice
- Clean the apples and remove any stickers or labels.
- Remove the stems by using a paring knife to make a small cut at the base of the stem. Make sure your fingers are safe and out of the way! Give the stem a twist, and it should pull right out.
- Insert lollipop sticks where the stem was removed. Push the stick into the apple until it is almost all the way through.
- One at a time, use a spoon to cover the apple with the prepared caramel sauce.
- Press the topping onto the apple until it is covered.
- Place apple on a solid surface, and repeat until all apples are complete.
- I chose to use chocolate chips, coconut chips, and chopped peanuts to cover my apples. There are endless options including: sliced almonds, crushed cookies, granola, vegan marshmallows... use your imagination!