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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2012

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  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and coat with cooking spray. Coat a tablespoon measure with cooking spray.

  • 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.

  • Working quickly, spoon about 1 tablespoon of caramel over each apple. Repeat, spooning another tablespoon of caramel over each apple, turning as you pour.

  • 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.

Equipment: Wooden popsicle/craft sticks

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

Nutrition Facts

225 calories; 6.4 g total fat; 2.8 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 54 mg sodium. 206 mg potassium; 44.3 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 38 g sugar; 1.5 g protein; 199 IU vitamin a iu; 7 mg vitamin c; 9 mcg folate; 23 mg calcium; 17 mg magnesium; 23 g added sugar;

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Didn't work My carmel topping wouldn't stay on the apple. I think the agave made it too runny. Otherwise they would have been great. Pros: tastes great Cons: carmel is too thin and runs off Read More