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Caramel Apples

September/October 2012

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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.


Caramel Apples Recipe

Makes: 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such as peanuts or pecans
  • 6 small apples, such as Eve or Paula Red

Preparation

  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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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

Per serving: 225 calories; 6 g fat (3 g sat, 2 g mono); 10 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrates; 23 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 4 g fiber; 54 mg sodium; 207 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 1 1/2 fruit, 1 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 1 fat


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Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dessert
Season
Fall
Winter
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Type of Dish
Desserts, other
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Ethnic/Regional
American
Servings
6
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