I have always loved the idea of caramel apples, but practically speaking, they are super hard to eat. I mean, how can you enjoy that salty-sweet, sticky goodness without making a mess? And what if you don’t want all the refined sugar? These Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices are the answer to both questions.
Why Make These Instead of Caramel Apples?
I remind myself a lot of Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation. I always imagine these beautiful scenes of traditional holidays. Apples on a stick dipped in gooey caramel sound so good and seem so fall-like. Then when I have one in my hand I end up wishing I had a knife to cut it up. These fix that problem. Plus the seedless core acts as the perfect tiny bowl for almond butter to give you a little protein keeping your blood sugar in balance.
Elements of Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices
- Almond Butter (or other nut butter) stuffed into the core of the apple halves gives you a little protein to balance out the fructose coming from the fruit and sauces.
- Caramel Sauce – While you can certainly use a jarred sauce, but homemade is easy and super cheap whether you go with a traditional dairy based caramel sauce or my paleo and dairy free version.
- Chocolate Drizzle – This easy chocolate sauce uses three ingredients you can stir together on the fly even if you have no chocolate bars or chips in the house.
- Chopped Nuts or other toppings – Of course these are optional. You are gilding the lily at this point anyway. Try salted or smoked almonds (surprisingly delicious,) grain-free granola or shredded coconut.
Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices
- Chocolate Drizzle Ingredients
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut oil, completely melted
1 tbsp maple syrup
- Other Ingredients
2 large crunchy apples, such as honey crisp or granny smith (or however many you would like)
2 tbsp almond butter or as needed
Homemade Caramel Sauce or Storebought
Optional Toppings: Chopped almonds (smoked are awesome!), chopped peanuts, granola, shredded coconut, cacao nibs
- Mix together Chocolate Drizzle ingredients until glossy. Set aside.
- Cut apples in half and using a small scoop, remove the core.
- Fill the core with nut butter.
- Drizzle decoratively with the caramel sauce and chocolate drizzle sauce.
- Sprinkle with toppings and refrigerate until toppings are set.
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