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Caramel Apples

Low SodiumLow PotassiumLow PhosphorusLow ProteinVegetarianEgg-FreeNo ShellfishGluten-FreeAmericanDessert
6 caramel apples
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories228 cal
  • Total Fat6.4 g
  • Saturated Fat2.8 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Sodium55 mg
  • Carbohydrate Total44.1 g
  • Protein1.6 g
  • Phosphorus35 mg
  • Potassium206 mg
  • Fiber4 g
  • Calcium23 mg


  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such as peanuts or pecans
  • 6 small apples, such as Eve or Paula Red


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.


  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.


  • To make ahead: Store in wax paper at room temperature for up to 1 day.
  • Equipment: Wooden popsicle/craft sticks
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