Paleo Caramel Apples

These sweet dairy free and Paleo Caramel Apples are the ultimate Fall treat that’ll take you right back to your childhood!

Paleo Caramel Apples

I still remember my first caramel apple because it wasn’t until I was in middle school when I tried it. Growing up in a Korean household, caramel apples were a foreign concept that I couldn’t even dream of. When I took a bite into one during an annual carnival in our town, my taste buds were pleasantly surprised at this delicious sweet treat.


Since then, I’ve had it a handful of times but definitely not in the recent years after going gluten and dairy free. Plus, caramel apples aren’t really something you come by often, unless you are at a fair or an amusement park. The ones you can buy at these places are usually milk based and contain corn syrup, so they are a no-no for someone like me. That’s why i was so excited about making these Paleo Caramel Apples, which are much healthier and easier on the digestion, without missing out on the flavors!

Paleo Caramel Apples

When you make this recipe, I highly recommend you make your life easier by following this method: Once you make the thick and sticky caramel sauce, transfer it to a small bowl just narrow enough to fit the apples. This makes the coating process much more effortless without having to tilt the apples too much.

If you like a bit of a crunch factor, you can dip the apples in your favorite nuts, coconut flakes, or even chocolate chips after coating them with the caramel sauce. I dipped mine in chopped toasted walnuts and I loved this combo.

I hope you try these Paleo Caramel Apples because you are going to love them, especially if you are an apple dessert lover!

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Paleo Caramel Apples

Paleo Caramel Apples

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jean Choi
These sweet dairy free and Paleo Caramel Apples are the ultimate Fall treat that'll take you right back to your childhood!



  1. Line a large plate or baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Skewer the apples with popsicle sticks and if using, prepare a bowl of chopped toasted nuts or coconut flakes, if using.

  3. Combine coconut milk, coconut sugar, honey, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan, and heat over medium high heat.
  4. Let the mixture come to boil for 2 minutes, while whisking constantly.
  5. Turn down the heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. The mixture should reduce and thicken.
  6. Take off heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Let sit at room temperature for 10-15 until the caramel sauce thickens further. I like to transfer my sauce to a small bowl narrow enough to just fit the apples for easier dipping while cooling.
  8. Dip the apples in caramel sauce, then into the bowl of chopped toasted nuts or coconut flakes, if using.

  9. Place the apples on the parchment paper. Transfer into the refrigerator for 1 hour or longer to cool completely.

  10. Enjoy!


Paleo Caramel Apples (Dairy Free, Gluten Free Dessert)

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