Refined Sugar-Free Caramel Apples Recipe

With Halloween being a matter of days away, and Bonfire night around the corner, it gets me thinking about all of the food we have at this time of year. There are plenty of things that are synonymous with this season. Pumpkin pie, Parkin, toffee and caramel apples and plenty of sweet treats. But when you aren’t having refined sugar, what options are there?

You can make nut based pastries for pies, as well as sweetening Parkin with something other than sugar. But what about toffee or caramel apples? I think the latter is a more american, and the former more British. So I have been playing around with making a caramel that isn’t basically, just melted sugar!

Using only two simple and natural ingredients, you can have the caramel as it is. But if you like more flavour, you can add more using things like nut butters or spices.


Ingredients: (to make enough to cover three apples)

  • 175g pitted Medjool dates (around 9 dates)
  • 2 tbsp raw coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tbsp nut butter (optional)
  • toppings like melted raw chocolate or chopped nuts (optional)

What to do:

  1. Pit the dates if they aren’t already. Then simply put all of the ingredients in a food processor (or strong blender). Mix until a smooth paste has formed.
  2. It is a good idea to pop it in the fridge for about 20 minutes to firm up, before you cover any apples.
  3. Then cover the apples in the caramel. Roll the apples in chopped nuts or drizzle with raw melted chocolate, if desired.




You can use your hands to ‘mould’ the caramel on the apples. Equally, you could pop it into a piping bag and drizzle on apple slices, if you’d prefer. My top tip for making the caramel ‘stick’ to the apples, is to dip them in boiling water first. It removes the shiny layer off the apples and means that it will stay put much more easily.

What do you think to these? Would they go down well in your house? My kids loved them and found them much easier to eat than toffee apples, as they are soft.




  1. 27th October 2016 / 2:55 pm

    We do toffee apple making every year and will be doing this weekend. I love to see different recipes and anything sugar free is always a plus! x

  2. 27th October 2016 / 4:56 pm

    It wouldn’t have even occurred to me to attempt a sugar free alternative to caramel, I guess I’d have been inclined to go without. This is a great idea (and has got me craving a toffee apple!)
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  3. 27th October 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Oh goodness, these look absolutely delicious and a great alternative to traditional toffee apples. Kaz x

  4. 29th October 2016 / 9:53 am

    They look very yummy and easier than toffee apples! My kids would love them

  5. 30th October 2016 / 4:20 pm

    I’m trying really hard to cut sugar out of my diet so am finding the recipes you share SO useful lovely! These sugar-free caramel apples look delicious and will make the perfect Autumn/Halloween treat for kids as well!xx

  6. 30th October 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I’ve never made toffee apples because I thought they’d be an absolute pain to make but I love the idea of just moulding it around the apples. Sounds much less messy 😉
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  7. Lorraine Stone
    1st November 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Love this idea, we are in the eating healthy zone at the moment so this would be a real treat.

  8. Francesca Jones
    7th November 2016 / 1:54 pm

    These sound fab. My kids weren’t bothered about toffee apples this year and it was me looking for them without finding any!?! will have to try this!

  9. Kerry Locke
    13th November 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Great Alternative

  10. Louise Evans-Clarke
    25th November 2016 / 2:34 am

    What a lovely recipe and i love the look of the finished apple

  11. 5th December 2016 / 6:53 pm

    A very lovely recipe so much so i have decided to do these for a special Christmas treat 🙂 Thank you x x

  12. sarah rowland
    5th December 2016 / 11:17 pm

    these look yummy

  13. A S,Edinburgh
    9th January 2017 / 9:01 pm

    These look awesome, I love using dates for sweetness!

  14. James Travis
    20th January 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Look delicious

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