Caramel Apples

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.

From EatingWell: September/October 2012
Yield: 6 servings
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 45

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  2. 1/4 cup agave nectar
  3. 2 tablespoons butter
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such as peanuts or pecans
  6. 6 small apples, such as Eve or Paula Red

Preparation

  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

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

Nutrition Bonus:

3 Carbohydrate Serving

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