Caramel Apples

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Caramel Apples

This healthy caramel apple recipe has just enough caramel to give a nice hit of salty-sweet flavor in each bite for a tasty dessert.

Yield: 6 servings
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 45


  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such as peanuts or pecans
  • 6 small apples, such as Eve or Paula Red


  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and coat with cooking spray. Coat a tablespoon measure with cooking spray.
  2. Combine brown sugar, agave, butter and salt in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat; as soon as the syrup starts to lightly bubble around the edges, cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more. Add nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is melted and the mixture darkens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  3. Working quickly, spoon about 1 tablespoon of caramel over each apple. Repeat, spooning another tablespoon of caramel over each apple, turning as you pour.
  4. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Insert popsicle/craft sticks into the tops. Press any stray strands of caramel back onto the apples. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in wax paper at room temperature for up to 1 day. | Equipment: Wooden popsicle/craft sticks
  • Shopping Tip: Choose unbruised, firm apples with smooth skin. Store for up to 4 months in the refrigerator.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 225
fat 6 g (3 g sat, 2 g mono)
cholesterol 10 mg
carbohydrates 44 g
protein 2 g
fiber 4 g
sodium 54 mg
potassium 207 mg

Nutrition Bonus

Carbohydrate Serving 3

Exchanges 1 1/2 fruit, 1 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 1 fat

From EatingWell September/October 2012