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Homemade Vegan Caramel Apples on sticks on a boars with Pistachios

Vegan Caramel Apples

  • Author: Julie Massa
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 apples 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Amercan
  • Diet: Vegan


These vegan caramel apples are the perfect “make at home” treat! Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or simply want a dessert that’s a little different from your standard baked goods, these apples will hit the spot!




  • 1 pound of pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of coconut milk
  • a pinch of sea salt


  • 10 apples (for this recipe, I used medium-sized Granny Smith apples you can use Gala).
  • 10 (6″) lollipop sticks
  • Toppings of choice


  1. For the sauce: Remove pits from dates. If dates are dry, rehydrate them in water for ~1 hour.
  2. Add dates, vanilla extract, and coconut milk to a food processor.
  3. 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 teaspoon at a time, until the desired consistency is achieved.
  4. For the apples: Clean the apples and remove any stickers or labels.
  5. 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.
  6. Insert lollipop sticks where the stem was removed. Push the stick into the apple until it is almost all the way through.
  7. One at a time, use a spoon to cover the apple with the prepared caramel sauce.
  8. Press the topping onto the apple until it is covered.
  9. Place apple on a solid surface, and repeat until all apples are complete.


  • 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 tsp of pumpkin spice. For salted caramel, add additional sea salt to your liking.
  • 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!

Keywords: vegan caramel, apples, halloween, dairy-free treat, candy, gluten-free treat