Enjoy fall apple harvest with these delicious and easy to make Dairy Free Caramel Apples! Our dairy free caramel apples are easy to make and decorate, and they are perfect for Halloween treats.Caramel covers about 6-7 small (3 inch) applesGluten free, dairy free, peanut free, vegan. Soy free if using the Country Crock plant butter STICKS (the tubs contain soybean oil)
Melted allergy friendly chocolate for drizzling; chopped chocolate, chopped nuts or seeds, sprinkles, etc.
Wash your apples and dry them thoroughly. Push popsicle sticks into the tops of the apples.
Set the apples aside on a parchment lined cookie sheet while you prepare the caramel.
Melt the dairy free butter in the in a small heavy-bottom saucepan over medium/low heat. I used Country Crock Plant Butter avocado oil sticks for this recipe.
Once the butter is melted (which only takes a minute or 2), whisk in the white sugar, Silk dairy free half and half (or canned coconut milk), and a dash of salt.
Whisk together until mixed and bring mixture to a boil over medium/low heat, then boil for 7 minutes.
Remove the caramel sauce from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Allow the sauce to cool for about 10-15 minutes to cool and thicken slightly but don't allow it to cool completely. You need to dip your apples while the caramel is still pretty warm, otherwise it will thicken too much to dip or pour over your apples.
Dip the apples in the caramel and use a spoon to scoop the warm caramel onto the apples.
Place the dipped apples on the parchment lined cookie sheet. While the caramel is still sticky, you can sprinkle chopped nuts or chocolate on it. Or wait for the chocolate to cool and drizzle chocolate on the dipped apples.
Store the dipped apples in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 3 days.
* So far I haven't used other kinds of dairy free butter in this recipe so I'm not sure how other brands of dairy free butter will work in this recipe.** If you'd like the caramel slightly darker in color, replace some of the white sugar with brown sugar. Just reduce the corn syrup slightly if you add more brown sugar since it has more moisture.*** Canned coconut milk will work in this recipe instead of Silk dairy free half and half, but the color of the caramel will be even lighter when using canned coconut milk.Nutrition information is just an estimate and does not include toppings like chocolate