Thanks Paleo Parents for this great Caramel Apple recipe! - The Spunky Coconut (2024)

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Matthew and Stacy blog with a tailored, kid-friendly and family approach about living a Paleo lifestyle at Together they have lost 200lbs in 15 months and transformed the health of their family by removing processed foods, grains, dairy, legumes, and sugar. Their 3 young boys no longer have asthma, eczema, behavior disorders or any seasonal or pet allergies. They all eat Paleo as a family and love it. Read more about their successes here.

I don’t know about you, but here in Northern Virginia Autumn is arriving. The fall winds are coming in, the humidity is dissipating and the orchards are starting to bear one of our favorite fruits: apples.

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If you’ve never picked your own apples, we highly recommend it! Apples are the perfect picking fruit for tiny hands – they’re resilient (difficult to bruise), still edible to eat if picked too early (a common occurrence with miniature pickers) and they are extremely long lasting. We’ve been known to pick multiple bushels to store in our pantry and extra fridge so that we can make dehydrated apple rings, applesauce, apple pie cupcakes, and our most recent invention – caramel apples – for months on end. If you’re looking for a sweet treat to make this fall, this candy apple recipe is the perfect place to start.

With 5 simple ingredients (plus a few skewers) and a little bit of time, you’ll be able to make a recipe into a memory with your little one in ear to ear grins. An excellent surprise after school snack (we recommend serving it with nitrate-free salami or a protein and fat of some kind) this will get your kids running home and school friends excited to share a snack. And you can feel good knowing that the caramel is sweetened with only nature occurring unprocessed sweeteners to give it a rich flavor, perfectly complimentary to fresh, crisp apples.

Despite it’s utter simplicity, this recipe is decadent enough to use as a Halloween party treat or any Autumn potluck. You’ll impress people with how good real food can be – while ensuring your little one(s) is able to participate in eating dessert! Just make sure you have them help to make the treat, dipping and rolling is one of a child’s best skills – I promise!

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Caramel Sauce

½ C honey
½ C maple syrup
½ tsp baking soda

  1. Warm a large sauce pan over medium heat, add honey and maple syrup to hot pan
  2. ♥ Once bubbles begin to form, turn heat to medium low having little hands stir (to prevent burning) for 10 minutes
  3. Mixture will bubble and potentially expand over edge of pot, if that happens remove from heat and stir, return to heat once bubbles subside
  4. ♥ Once sauce has thickened and the color darkened (about 10 minutes), remove from heat to add baking soda
  5. ♥ Whisk in baking soda thoroughly and return to medium heat for 2-3 minutes, whisk constantly until sauce has become a thick, rich bubbly sauce that does not deflate when moved off of heat
  6. ♥ Remove from heat and let cool, stirring occasionally – sauce will reincorporate to a thick caramel consistency
  7. Store in an airtight container for several months, serve and use warm (microwave or stove top)

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Caramel Apples

1 C Caramel Sauce (see above)
2 C chopped pecans
6 medium apples
6 bamboo skewers


  1. ♥ Set-up a dipping station: 1 bowl of warmed (not too hot!) Caramel Sauce, 1 bowl of chopped pecans, and skewered apples
  2. ♥ Gently roll skewered apple in caramel sauce (least messy if you roll on the top surface, rather than try to immerse it entirely)
  3. Let caramelized apple sit for 2-3 minutes, to allow caramel to somewhat harden (otherwise nuts will slide down apples’ sides)
  4. ♥ Roll caramelized apples into nuts
  5. Allow apples to harden by storing in the refrigerator – or enjoy warm if you can’t wait!

Note: Steps which include a heart symbol () are perfect for little hands to provide assistance as your sous chef!

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  1. Anonymous says

    Hurray! I was just trying to figure out some kind of caramel sauce for my boys to eat. They always complain they can’t have candy apples anymore so this is wonderful! Thank you!

  2. mommy2_5 says

    Sounds yummy…and easy! I’m hoping this can be used as a dip for sliced apples. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. gfe--gluten free easily says

    Great post! I always enjoy reading about the success of the Paleo Parents and their kids as well as seeing what they’ve been up to of late. 🙂 These caramel apples look easy enough for anyone to make and delightfully delicious.


  4. Meagan says

    I love this – love the guests, love the recipe for that caramel sauce! I’ll probably add some coconut milk or butter to make it more creamy but I had never thought of using raw honey and maple syrup for a caramel before – great idea!

  5. Sarah Jane says

    Genius! I could use the caramel sauce in so many recipes!

  6. nessabean says

    This will go fabulously as a substitute in my caramel pecan sandwich cookies that always get gobbled up before xmas. Will do the caramel apple thing too though. I kept looking at all the packages shaking my head and thinking gross I can’t put that in my kids. This I can do with no qualms. I don’t like the taste of maple though does it taste mapley?

  7. C and G says

    Yum – I just got done making this . . . well, my version of it 🙂

    1/2 c maple syrup
    1/2 c honey
    1/2 c coconut milk
    2 T butter
    1/2 t baking soda
    1/4 t vanilla

    combine first 4 ingredients and cook as recommended in original recipe add baking soda then vanilla and cook as recommended in recipe.

    the only thing that I would do different next time is that I would add less baking soda. over all the taste is great but i can taste too much of a hint of baking soda.

    this made the perfect dipping sauce for sliced apples and my 3 year old thought it was fun to help with!

    @nessabean – it does not taste mapley!

  8. Anonymous says

    Oh, this is wonderful!! I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make caramel myslef, but had given up. My daughter will be soooo excited to have a ‘normal’ treat since there is so little she can eat, especially around Halloween. thank you, thank you!!

  9. Dionne says

    Thank you! I was just thinking about how to make a dairy free caramel sauce today.

  10. Teagan says

    Sticky, sweet, and delicious! We couldn’t wait for the caramel to set, so maybe next time we’ll just use it as a dip.

  11. Health Bee says

    Thanks for the great post! Love your blog.

  12. Julia Spencer says

    Do you think this would be good in a coffee? (Salted Caramel Latte?)

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