Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apples (sugar and dairy-free)

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Caramel Apples - Dairy and Sugar Free! Now you can recreate those yummy gooey-sweet-covered fall delicacies in your own home!!!

{Today’s post is from my first guest post writer, Danielle Rouse.  I’d been admiring her clean recipes and beautiful photos for awhile and just thought you all would love to see some of her creations.  What a great recipe to start off with!

My youngest was begging me to make these Caramel Apples for him when he saw the photo!  (My oldest isn’t keen on dipping things (remember my post on Healthy Meals Your Kids Will Love?) but I’m sure I can put the caramel on something that he’ll gobble up.  I know–this is a “pre-made dipped thing” but that’s just the way that Asperger’s Syndrome works sometimes.  If you have a child with autism, you’ll most likely understand what I mean.)

Anyway, these delectable apples would make a great addition to any Easter celebration.  And you can for sure check out my Healthy Easter Treats Galore if you are lacking at all in that department :-).
Now…on with the post!}

I was very excited when Adrienne asked if I would like to write a guest post here on Whole New Mom.

I am a regular reader and admirer of Adrienne; her sense of family and frugal-mindedness ring true with what I wish for my own family.

When I was thinking about what I would share with all of her wonderful readers, I thought these delicious gourmet apples would be the perfect treat.

I first made these a few weeks ago to take to a child’s birthday party. They were a big hit with my kids and I think they will be perfect as a healthy Easter treat.

We seem to eat a lot of apples, pears and citrus fruit this time of year.

By this time, my frozen seasonal fruits and berries are all but used up, and the cost of imported, out of season fruit is just too high. Organic apples and pears at $4.99/3lbs, stretch a lot further for my family of 5 compared to the $5.99 for ½ pint of raspberries.

Although dipped apples seem to be associated with the fall and Halloween, having them around Easter time makes economical sense to me (since I live in Canada and our growing season is still a long ways off).

 

 

Caramel and chocolate dipped apples are going to be a hit with kids at any occasion. My kids love any food on a stick, but a sweet crisp apple dipped in homemade dairy free caramel and chocolate was especially exciting to them and me!

I worked with maple syrup to make Candy Pepitas a few weeks ago.  This success gave me the encouragement to try and create a caramel sauce mixing maple syrup with sunflower seed butter.

I used store-bought sunflower seed butter, but if you have a Vitamix, Adrienne has a recipe for Homemade Nut and Seed Butter that looks fantastic.

I was thrilled with the results of this sweet, sticky, creamy sauce, and I hope you will be too. (My pears were too ripe for the sticks to stay in, so I gave up on them.)

The kids and I decided we needed to dress the apples up a bit for Easter, like we did with these Reindeer Krispie Pops. They really are a fun treat to make together, because they are messy, and of course that’s what draws kids in…well at least mine! So have a bath ready and let them dig right in :-).

Interested in other healthified versions of candies and such?  How about:

- Homemade “Almond Joy” Bars
- Almost “Reese’s” Candy
- Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips
- Homemade Marshmallow – Sugar Free Option
- Silky Smooth Bean Fudge

What else could you top your apples with?

Danielle Rouse is the creative energy behind the allergy friendly recipe Blog, Fresh4Five. This mother of three has a passion for nutrition and cooking with fresh and wholesome ingredients. Danielle has become an expert at developing recipes to meet the complex dietary needs of her family.  Fresh4Five hosts an array of family-friendly recipes that are free of Gluten, Dairy, Soy, and Nuts. Danielle also offers a growing collection of recipes, specifically tailored for celebrating Allergy Free, Children’s Birthday Parties.

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  1. Thank You for the compliments Adrienne :)

  2. These look SO good! I love that you made them healthier. You just feel good when you eat well.

  3. This is such a sweet idea! Literally! :)

  4. Thank you Ladies :) I do have less *mommy guilt* with treats like this :)

  5. Yum yum and too cute.

    What a great recipe!! I’ll be making these this weekend. I just made a bunch of homemade sunflower seed butter, so this is PERFECT!!!!

    Thanks for a great post. Love!

    Hugs,
    –Amber

    • I have to make them too! Can’t wait. I think Danielle has a really need couple of sunflower butter recipes so I’m going to check them out too.

      Take care. Adrienne

  6. Would peanut butter work in place of sunflower seed butter?

  7. Yes any nut butter would work. They are all pretty much the same consistency, which is nice! We have 2 nut sensitive people in my house :)

  8. These look great! I really like that they’re healthy, but still a sweet treat.

  9. These would be perfect favors for my daughter’s birthday party. Thanks!

  10. This post has inspired me : ) I think I’ll be getting creative with some Easter candy.

    I just found you through the time warp wife. I’d love it if you’d stop by and link an encouraging post to my blog. http://www.lessonsfromivy.com/2012/04/being-content-in-mothering.html

  11. This looks AMAZING!!! We would love for you to link this up at our link party on Saturday at SixSistersstuff.com! Hope to see you there!

  12. It’s lovely to ‘meet’ you Danielle, and this is a wonderful guest post with some fantastic recipe links. Plus, it is so good to see a healthier Caramel Apple Recipe too. Your Caramel Apples look like the ones I have seen in gourmet shops, and they sound so good!

    Adrienne, thank you for sharing this post with us, and for introducing me to Danielle’s blog.

  13. yummy!! i would LOVE for you to link this post or any other posts you want to my weekend link party http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/04/spread-love-link-party-6.html it opens at midnight tonight, hope to see you there!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  14. Beautiful! I love the healthier versions… can’t wait to try them!

  15. Omg, how cute are your Easter apples. This looks delicious.

  16. I would just love this awesome treat! Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. YUM! We’re on a pretty restricted diet so this caught my attention — thanks very much!

    • I hope they work out of you! It can be so hard with many restrictions. We also have soo many, and they differ with each family member, can be complicated to keep it all straight.

  18. Hop over today and grab my starfish featured button for your blog…yes…you have been featured at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. Thanks for coming to my party with these yumy goodies.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  19. Yum! Those look delicious!

  20. This is to stinking cute. What a great job. I would love it if you showed it off at my new linky party @ Kampenlane.com.

    I can’t wait to see what else you create.

    ~Taylor

  21. Oh may, they look scrumptious! Come link them up with us as I know our readers would really enjoy them. Here is the link party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

    Hope to see you soon!

  22. Those look wonderful……..….I’d like to invite you to share them @CountryMommaCooks Saturday Link and Greet Party(now-Sunday)…..have a great weekend:)

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