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Caramel apple recipe - Dr. Axe

Caramel Apple Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 30 min
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This dairy-free caramel apple recipe, made with beneficial coconut milk, coconut sugar and maple syrup, just sweetens the deal (pun intended). You’re going to want to eat this sauce on everything.


  • 1 cup full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 green apples
  • 4 sticks


  1. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash and dry the apples. Remove the stems. Insert the sticks into the top of the apples. Set the apples aside to allow them to come to room temperature.
  3. In a small pot, combine the coconut milk, coconut sugar and maple syrup. Place the pot over medium-high heat. Stir the “caramel” frequently as it heats, watching for it to begin boiling. Once it comes to a rolling boil (bubbles covering the entire surface), allow it to boil for 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds to be sure the mixture doesn’t stick and burn.
  4. After 1 minute, turn the heat down to medium low. Allow the caramel to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently to scrape down the sides and prevent sticking. You should see the caramel darken in color, reduce in volume, and thicken significantly. After 15 minutes, the mixture should resemble caramel and coat a spoon.
  5. Remove the caramel from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Transfer the caramel to a glass bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  6. Stir the caramel and, holding each apple over the caramel bowl, drizzle the caramel over the apples until they are fully coated. Place the coated apples on the lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to overnight. Refrigerate remaining caramel.
  7. Re-coat the apples in the caramel and refrigerate again. Add coconut milk to caramel as needed to thin it for dipping/drizzling.


Once the caramel apples are ready, you can add even more fun by drizzling some melted dark chocolate over them or sprinkling them with shredded coconut or your favorite chopped nuts.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Snacks, Desserts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 caramel apple
  • Calories: 361
  • Sugar: 56g
  • Sodium: 158mg
  • Fat: 12.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 65.3g
  • Fiber: 4.4g
  • Protein: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg