Apples with Caramel – Refined Sugar Free, All-Natural

Healthy Homemade Caramel Sauce

This homemade sugar free caramel sauce just rings in Halloween for me. You can use this as a dipping sauce for any fruit you wish (green apples work best), or dip whole apples and let set into “Caramel Apples”. Since I wanted to just keep it simple this time around, I’m sticking to this easy (I mean real easy) homemade caramel sauce recipe.

I got this recipe out of Better Homes and Garden’s 1953 cookbook, eliminating the corn syrup and substituting instead coconut palm sugar for all the sugar. For a dairy free caramel sauce, full fat coconut milk may work well with this recipe, replacing the cream. Be forewarned that I haven’t tried this, but will report back when I post my Caramel Apple recipe next month.

Caramel Dipping Sauce

2 TBSP. organic butter (or coconut oil, for dairy free)
1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
2 TBSP. honey (optional)

Over medium heat, melt butter (or coconut oil). Add cream and heat thoroughly. Pour in coconut palm sugar, stirring well until dissolved. Stir in honey, if using.

Bring to a full rolling boil (and cackle a bit). Let boil, without stirring, for five minutes. Take off heat and stir until smooth. A little goes a long way…


Halloween is almost here! Just two more days. I love this ‘holiday’ more than the other silly holidays we have like St. Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Although symbolic, I’m sure, Halloween means so much more to me, bringing up images and memories (only the good ones, mind you) of the season.

Next post will be tomorrow, and it’s my favorite candy recipe: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cups! Entirely healthy, and very rich. Just because you want to be healthy doesn’t mean you need to spoil the fun this Halloween. 🙂

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9 Responses to “Apples with Caramel – Refined Sugar Free, All-Natural”
  1. shaun 13 November 2011 at 8:16 am #

    You do know coconut palm sugar is sugar?

    • admin 21 January 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Yes, it is a sugar that I do use in moderation and for special occasions. The reason why I do choose to use this instead of regular sugar is because it is much lower on the glycemic index.

  2. Jenn 3 February 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Why is this recipe called “sugar-free” when the bulk of the recipe IS sugar?? Extremely misleading.

    • admin 13 February 2012 at 10:24 am #

      It is refined sugar free, and the “sugar” used is coconut palm sugar, which has a much different chemical makeup compared to pure sucrose that is processed from the cane sugar plant. It is also very, very low on the glycemic index, and it is a safe sweetener that can be used by diabetics or those watching their blood sugar.

  3. Family Recipes 4 February 2012 at 7:03 am #

    We made this last weekend and loved it – Awesome recipe!

    • Joy 17 December 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      Can this caramel sauce be injected into the middle of a cupcake with out running out?

      • admin 10 January 2013 at 4:00 pm #

        Hmmm…I’m not sure, Joy. I haven’t tried that. It sure sounds interesting, though! I would assume you can put it into the center of a cupcake and it will be fine. I just might try this out. Thanks for the idea! 🙂


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