Clean-Eating Caramel Apples

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This creamy caramel sauce can be drizzled over apple wedges or as a coating, as we did with these mini caramel apples, and it’s perfect for a fall festival or celebration. We used little Lady apples dipped in cane sugar-free coconut milk and brown rice syrup to create the caramel sauce for these small sugar-free versions of the classic Hallows Eve treat. The miniature size makes them great for small bites at a Halloween party.

Simply prepare the sauce, dip skewered apples, place on waxed paper lined or cooking spray coated nonstick baking sheet and allow the coating to harden on the apples in the fridge. Some of the sauce may slide off, but that’s okay.

To give to friends or family for Halloween, simply wrap the caramel apples in wax paper and tie with ribbons. Larger apples such as Granny Smith or McIntosh can, of course, be used as well.

Need other healthful caramel recipe ideas? Fruits with caramel can include pears, oranges, or bananas. Simply skewer the fresh fruit pieces and drizzle over or dip into the caramel sauce. Yum!

Clean-Eating Caramel Apples

Clean-Eating Caramel Apples

Yields: 10 servings | Serving Size: 1 candied apple | Calories: 161 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 73 mg | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 13 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7


  • 10 small-variety apples such as lady apples or 6 large apples such as Granny Smith or McIntosh
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, or good quality unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Wash and dry each apple. Insert bamboo skewers, or wooden sticks into the bottom end of each apple. Pull the stem from the top of each apple to remove.
  2. Whisk the coconut milk, coconut oil or butter and brown rice syrup in a medium saucepan over medium--low heat. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. The sauce should bubble. Whisk in salt and vanilla.
  3. Remove the caramel sauce from the heat. The caramel will thicken upon standing. Roll the apples in the caramel and use a spoon to pour on, and the back of the spoon to spread.
  4. Set each skewered caramel apple onto wax paper lined baking sheet. Allow to set in the fridge for an hour to harden. Place lined or grouped on a plate to serve.

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5 Comments on "Clean-Eating Caramel Apples"

  1. Skinny Ms.  October 31, 2013

    Hello Kitty, We’ve updated the recipe…please check it out. Whisk the coconut milk, coconut oil and brown rice syrup in a medium saucepan over medium–low heat. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. The sauce should bubble. Whisk in salt, vanilla, and coconut oil or butter.

  2. Brooke  January 1, 2015

    I've read bad things about brown rice syrup… Is there an alternative?

    • SkinnyMs  January 2, 2015

      Brooke, You can use honey instead.

  3. Kathryn  October 16, 2019

    Is it canned coconut milk?


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