Dairy Free Caramel Apple “Donuts” (Grain Free)

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These fun dairy free Caramel Apple “Donuts” are the perfect healthy fall treat! Tame your craving for donuts with these apple slices covered in dairy free caramel

Caramel Apple “Donuts” – the perfect healthy fall treat! #recipe #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

Hey friends! The fall season is in full swing and I hope you are enjoying the season so far. Fall is a busy time with school activities and fall holidays, especially Halloween that’s coming up soon! We usually don’t celebrate Halloween a whole lot but I love to create and share allergy-friendly and healthier Halloween treats.

Last year I made some cute Chocolate Fruit Bugs, and this year I’m making some Caramel Apple “Donuts”.

Besides pumpkin, one of the most popular fall flavor combinations is caramel and apples. Caramel apples are the perfect way to enjoy the fall apple harvest. But if you have food allergies, getting your caramel apple fix can be tricky. Dairy, soy, and nut allergies in our house make caramel apples rare around here!

Of course I had to fix that little problem, so I created my own homemade caramel sauce and variations that work great for recipes like these Caramel Apple “Donuts”.

Caramel Apple “Donuts” – the perfect healthy fall treat! #recipe #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

This recipe was inspired by the fauxnuts recipe shared on Move Nourish Believe a while ago. I put a different spin on mine and used my homemade non-dairy caramel sauce to make these ones nut-free. These would make a perfect fall brunch treat or healthier Halloween school party snack.

Spreading the caramel spread is the tricky part: since the apple is a bit wet the caramel tends to not want to stick to the apple slices, so you can dry the top of the apple slice a bit with a paper towel to help the caramel stick to the apple better. If you want a little spice to your Caramel Apple Donuts, you can try sprinkling a little cinnamon on your apple slices before spreading the caramel, or you can mix a dash of cinnamon into the caramel spread.

Caramel Apple “Donuts” – the perfect healthy fall treat! #recipe #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

You can also adjust the thickness of the caramel spread: if you need a thicker sauce, add a bit more SunButter. If you need a thinner sauce, add a bit more honey. I love to use our solid local honey, but when I mix it with SunButter I have to add some pure maple syrup to get the consistency I like. The maple and honey together creates a great flavored “caramel” spread!

Caramel Apple “Donuts” – the perfect healthy fall treat! #recipe #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree


Caramel Apple “Donuts” – the perfect healthy fall treat! #recipe #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree


Inspired by the Fauxnuts recipe from Move Nourish Believe

Caramel Apple “Donuts” (Grain Free and Dairy Free)

These fun Caramel Apple "Donuts" are the perfect healthy fall treat! Tame your craving for donuts with these apple slices covered in dairy free caramel
Gluten free, grain free, vegetarian; Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, eggs
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel apple donuts, fruit donuts, grain free donuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 227kcal


  • 4 tablespoons SunButter
  • 6 Tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Granny Smith apples or your favorite variety of apples
  • 2 Tablespoons Toppings you love! Mini chocolate chips sprinkles, coconut


  • In a small bowl, stir or whip together with a hand mixer the SunButter, honey, and vanilla until creamy and well mixed. Set aside
  • With an apple corer, remove the core from 2 unpeeled Granny Smith apples. Slice the apples horizontally in about ¼-inch to 1/2 -inch slices.
  • Dry off the top of the apple slices a bit with a paper towel. Spread apple slices with caramel sauce and sprinkle with your favorite toppings!
  • Eat the caramel apples right away. Caramel sauce can be kept at room temperature for 2-3 days.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Dairy Free Caramel Apple “Donuts” (Grain Free)”

  1. Oh my goodness these look so delicious! And how creative and festive. I may have to try them this weekend. I am a sucker for caramel apples 🙂


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