Dairy-Free Healthier Caramel Apples

Oh my yumminess! These dairy-free caramel apples are just as tasty and a whole lot healthier than their dairy counterparts. I had so much fun playing in the kitchen to test this recipe. They really couldn’t be simpler either, with just maple syrup and almond butter. They are almost too easy – you’ll be wanting to make a batch every weekend!

Dairy-free Caramel Apples

Traditional caramel apples use caramel that is made with milk. I can’t remember the last time I had a candy apple. You know those fantastically decadent apples at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory? Those apples! It’s been over 6 years! With Halloween upon us, I was inspired to try and create a healthier dairy-free caramel apple that was just as tasty and full of crunch with chocolatey adornments. My dairy-free caramel apple was born!

First, a bit about the apples you use. I insist upon Granny Smith. Sure, you could use red or any green variety, but with just a handful of ingredients to this recipe, every ingredient counts. Granny Smith are my choice. I used baby Grannies for this recipe, but you can use the large ones too.

Dairy-Free Caramel Apples

Prep your toppings ahead of time so that as soon as your “caramel” is ready, you can dip and roll in seconds. These do get messy so don’t distress if everything doesn’t look perfect. Just dip ’em and roll ’em and pop them in the fridge to harden up. I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips and sliced almonds for my toppings. Chocolate and almonds are my favorite combo. You could also use sprinkles, chopped pistachios, or any other crunchy topping you are craving!

Dairy-Free Caramel Apples

For an even easier recipe, you can use dairy-free caramels. I found some at A Real Treat Boutique earlier this month. I melted 12 caramels with 1 tablespoon of hot water and got a perfect mixture for another version of a dairy-free caramel apple, so try that out too! I’d love to see how your apples turn out. Please try the recipe below and let me know how they come out in the comments below or tag me (VeegMama) on Instagram with your photos!

Dairy-Free Caramel Apples

What is your favorite caramel apple topping? Please tell me in the comments below. 

Dairy-Free Caramel Apples
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1885 calories
277 g
2 g
84 g
29 g
17 g
925 g
33 g
204 g
0 g
60 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1885
Calories from Fat 714
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 84g
Saturated Fat 17g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18g
Monounsaturated Fat 42g
Cholesterol 2mg
Sodium 33mg
Total Carbohydrates 277g
Dietary Fiber 28g
Sugars 204g
Protein 29g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 cup almond butter
  2. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  3. 4 small Granny Smith apples
  4. 3 skewers or candy sticks
  5. mini chocolate chips
  6. sliced almonds
  1. 1. Heat the almond butter and maple syrup in a sauce pan. Remove from heat just as it is starting to boil.
  2. 2. Insert sticks or skewers into the apples and dip the apple into the caramel sauce.
  3. 3. Roll the apples onto shallow bowls filled with chocolate chips and almonds to decorate the apples.
  4. 4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until ready to eat.
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