With Halloween treats being loaded with fat, sugar and lots of unhealthy ingredients, I love making these homemade caramel apples instead. The cool thing is the caramel is also homemade so you don’t have to worry about a bunch of added sugar. Make plenty, because these will go fast! For more healthy snack ideas, check out Nuts.com!
- 6 Apples
- 6 wooden Candy Sticks
- 1 cup Maple Syrup
- ¼ cup real Butter (grass-fed is recommended)
- ½ Tsp. Sea Salt
- ½ cup chopped Nuts such as almonds or walnuts (optional)
- Remove the stems from the apples and place in the refrigerator for several hours. Take out and put a candy stick in each apple.
- Have a sheet of parchment paper ready to go or you can use muffin cups to place your apples in when finished. These are the reusable ones I like.
- If using nuts, place them in a shallow dish.
- Place a saucepan over medium high heat and let it heat up for about a minute.
- Add in the maple syrup and allow it to come to a rolling boil (will look bubbly).
- Add in the butter and gently move it around to help it melt. Once melted, continuing cooking for about a minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in the salt. Allow it to cool for a few minutes but keep an eye on it until it thickens up to a caramel consistency.
- You can transfer the caramel to a shallow dish or roll the apples right in the saucepan. Do this quickly as the caramel will get harder to work with (just re-heat if needed).
- After each apple is rolled in the caramel, you can sprinkle nuts on or roll the apple right in the nut mixture.
- Place the caramel apples on parchment paper or put in the muffin cups. They will stay good in the fridge for about a week and I like to let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before eating. Yum!
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