Healthier Honey Caramel Apples
We’ve made caramel apples before, but never had such delicious ones until we came up with this recipe. We were trying to make something a little bit healthier than the normal thick and gooey caramel apples, and this recipe totally won! This is hands down my daughter and hubby’s favorite caramel apple recipe now and mine too. The honey adds a unique flavor and when combined with the brown sugar and vanilla it is unbelievably good. We’ve found it is totally unnecessary to completely cover the apple in caramel. A healthier and less messy alternative is to the drizzle the apple with caramel, allowing for about half of it to be covered.
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons chopped pecans or other unsalted nut, optional
6 small apples, (chilled from the fridge).
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and coat with cooking spray. Insert a popsicle stick into the tops of the apples. Set aside.
Combine brown sugar, honey, butter and salt in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat. As soon as the syrup starts to barely bubble around the edges, stir constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
Using a large spoon, drizzle a spoonful of caramel over each apple, turning as you pour. Repeat the drizzling process until it is all gone. Immediately add the chopped nuts. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
*Note- If you make sure the apples are cold from being chilled in the fridge for a couple hours prior to making this recipe the caramel hardens quicker than if the apples were at room temperature.
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