Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apple Recipe (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!!!

{I love finding ways to make healthy treats for my family to enjoy, like my Homemade White Chocolate Chips, “Almond Joy®” Bars, Homemade Protein Bars, and Chocolate Truffles, and now these Gourmet Caramel Apples from Danielle Rouse.  

My kids don't feel so left out and I am glad to know that they are eating nourishing foods.  

 When my youngest saw the photo, he was begging me to make these Caramel Apples for him!  (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. 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 :-).

 

More Healthy Treats

If you love healthy treats as much as we do, here are some other great options to try:

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

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These caramel apples are easily adaptable for special diets.  See notes for details.

Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apple Recipe (sugar and dairy-free)

This Healthy Caramel Apple Recipe is the perfect healthy snack for fall or anytime. They're dairy & sugar-free!

Ingredients

    Caramel Sauce

    Chocolate Coating

    • 1-1/4 cups chocolate chips
    • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

    "Peanut Topping"

    • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (or any acceptable nut or seed)
    • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (Substituting other sweeteners should work just fine here.)
    • 1 tsp coconut oil
    • 2 tsp coconut flour

    Instructions

    Caramel Sauce

    1.  In a medium pot combine all ingredients.

    2.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

    3.  Reduce heat to medium and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly and watching carefully to avoid burning.

    4.  Remove from heat (pour into a bowl for dipping if desired).

    5.  Allow the sauce to cool slightly. There is a knack for getting the sauce to the right consistency; if it is too hot and thin, it will run right off the apples, if it is to cool and thick it wont have a nice smooth appearance. I let it cool for about 2 minutes (you can easily warm it back up, or add a splash of water to get the sauce to the right thickness).

    6.  Line a cutting board or baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.

    7.  Take 6 apples (we used organic Gala) and push a stick through the top stem.

    8.  Dip them into the caramel and place them on the non stick surface. Place them in the fridge to set while you make the chocolate coating.

    Chocolate Coating

    1.  In a double boiler, over low heat, combine chocolate chips and oil and melt to a smooth and shiny consistency.

    2.  Remove the caramel apples from the fridge and dip them into the chocolate.

    3.  Place them back into the fridge to set briefly while you make the *peanut topping*.

    "Peanut Topping"

    1.  Roughly chop the sunflower seeds and place them on a skillet.

    2.  Add the coconut sugar and oil and saute over medium heat for a few minutes until the sugar gets a bit melty and caramelized.

    3.  Remove from heat and stir in the coconut flour.

    4.  Remove the apples from the fridge. Cupping your hands, press the warm *peanut* topping around the bottom and side of your chocolate apples.   

    5.  Store wrapped in a plastic treat bag, wax or parchment paper. Decorate with pipe cleaner ears, googley eyes, pom-pom nose and tail for holiday treats.

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    Recipe Notes

    You can substitute other sweeteners for maple syrup.  1/2 cup xylitol and four scoops stevia could work for a low-carb option (See How to Use Stevia).  See Substituting Sweeteners for Cooking and Baking.  You could also use xylitol instead of coconut sugar.

    These are a good low-carb option for chocolate chips.  You could also try Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips but you might want to add extra sweetener.

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

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

    Homemade “Almond Joy” Bars
    Almost “Reese's” Candy
    Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips
    Homemade Marshmallows – 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. Whole New Mom, would substituting honey for the maple syrup work? If so would it be an even swap as far as amounts?

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

    3. 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!