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Healthy Caramel Apples

Perfect for the Fall or Halloween

Free of processed and refined sweeteners, these caramel apples look just like the “real” thing and all ages love them! And as a bonus, they are much less messy to make!

  • Prep Time 10 minutes (+ 4 hours of soaking time)

  • Cook Time 10 minutes

  • Yield 4 servings


  • Sticks for Caramel Apples (these can be found at craft stores or cake decorating stores, but if you have trouble finding them, just slice the apples into wedges and make individually dipped apple slices)

  • Food processor or other appliance for pureeing


  • 1 pound dates pitted

  • for liquid: either 1 cup water, or unsweetened non-dairy milk, or unsweetened juice

  • 1 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla

  • apples

  • sticks

  • optional toppings: chopped nuts unsalted, cacao nibs, shredded dried coconut unsweetened


  1. Soak dates in liquid overnight or for several hours until much of the liquid is absorbed.

  2. In a food processor, purée the dates and liquid until completely smooth.

  3. Place each apple upside down on a flat surface and push a stick into the center. Roll the apple in date paste, using your hands if necessary, to get it to stick over the entire surface of the apple.

  4. Roll in your favorite topping such as unsalted nuts, cacao nibs, or unsweetened coconut or a combination.

  5. Chill well before serving.

Any extra date paste can be stored in the refrigerator and used to sweeten other recipes.

Photo & recipe: Chef AJ


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