Healthy Halloween Caramel Glazed Apples
Caramel apples are a longtime staple of Halloween, but the standard version usually involves some not-so-healthy ingredients. We turned this naughty little treat into something healthy by nixing the corn syrup and incorporating superfood ingredients like chia seeds and avocado oil. The ghoulish stems add a little Halloween flare and a rustic element to these lightly glazed, vegan caramel apples.
Servings: 8 small apples
- 8 small apples
- 3 tbsp Chosen Foods Virgin Avocado Oil
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp flaky sea salt plus more for sprinkling
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the ingredients and cook over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until the mixture turns a deep golden brown, almost copper, whisking occasionally for about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to a deep bowl and place in the fridge or freezer to cool while preparing the apples.
To prepare the apples, give them a quick bath in a pot of boiling water with a big splash of distilled white vinegar. Dip the apples for five seconds, then use a slotted spoon to remove. (This step not only helps clean your apple, but also removes any wax to help the caramel cling to the fruit better). Dry the apples thoroughly with a kitchen towel, then insert a sturdy natural branch or lollipop stick into the center.
Retrieve the caramel from the refrigerator and begin by dipping the apples into the caramel, coating them evenly. Let some excess drip off for a few seconds and place on parchment lined baking pan. Let cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle on the seeds, nuts, and chocolate, or any variations of toppings.
Store the apples in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy.