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.

Ingredients Caramel Apples

⅓ cup packed light brown sugar

¼ cup agave nectar

2 tablespoons butter

Darigold Butter Refrigerated Sweet Cream Salted

⅛ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such as peanuts or pecans

6 small apples, such as Eve or Paula Red

Equipment: Wooden popsicle/craft sticks

Shopping Tip: Choose unbruised, firm apples with smooth skin. Store for up to 4 months in the refrigerator.

Preparation

Active 15 m | Ready In 45 m

  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.

Make Ahead Tip: Store in wax paper at room temperature for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information 

Serving size: 1 apple     Recipe makes 6 servings

Per serving: 225 calories; 6 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 44 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 9 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 38 g sugars; 23 g added sugars; 199 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 23 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 54 mg sodium; 206 mg potassium

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 1½ fruit, 1½ other carbohydrate, 1 fat


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