A healthy take on caramel apples that are just as delicious...

Hi guys, ShiraRD here! There aren’t many treats more autumnal than a caramel apple, which somehow manages to be sweet, sour, and buttery all at the same time. If you’re wondering how this classic dessert fits into a clean lifestyle (and you’re thinking caramel apples are far too decadent to enjoy this fall), I have some great news!

This clean caramel apple recipe is a grown-up take on the childhood staple—except this one is completely dairy-, gluten-, and refined sugar-free (not to mention, paleo and vegan-friendly to boot). I hope you love them as much as I do! Let’s get started…


  • 2-3 apples
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sea salt
  • crushed pistachios
  • shredded coconut


1. Push wooden skewers into the top of the apples and set aside until caramel is ready.

2. Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Add in the nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Stir continuously until mixture is fully combined, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes to let caramel thicken slightly.

3. Swirl apples in caramel one at a time, coating one-half to three-quarters of each apple.

4. Dip caramel-coated apples into desired toppings, using your fingers to help them adhere.

5. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and let them set for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Clean eating caramel apples

I hope you love this healthy take on the beloved dessert tradition as much as I did! Feel free to get creative with your toppings, too. The finished result is absolutely delicious.

Will you be making these yummy Paleo caramel apples this season?

Let me know if you do in the comments!

Xx, Shira Lenchewski, MS, RD

Photos: Shira Lenchewski