This healthy caramel apple recipe has just enough caramel to give a nice hit of salty-sweet flavor in each bite for a tasty dessert.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Note: Choose unbruised, firm apples with smooth skin. Can store for up to 4 months in the refrigerator. Use wooden popsicle/craft sticks.
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such as peanuts or pecans
6 small apples, such as Eve or Paula Red
1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and coat with cooking spray. Coat a tablespoon measure with cooking spray.
2. Combine brown sugar, agave, butter and salt in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat; as soon as the syrup starts to lightly bubble around the edges, cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more. Add nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is melted and the mixture darkens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
3. Working quickly, spoon about 1 tablespoon of caramel over each apple. Repeat, spooning another tablespoon of caramel over each apple, turning as you pour.
4. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Insert popsicle/craft sticks into the tops. Press any stray strands of caramel back onto the apples. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
Per serving: 225 calories; 6 g fat (3 g sat, 2 g mono); 10 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 23 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 4 g fiber; 54 mg sodium; 207 mg potassium.
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