Caramel Apples Made Easy – Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices

Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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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