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Apple skewers drizzled with caramel sauce and chopped nuts.
Course Appetizer, Dessert

"Caramel" Apple Skewers

By: Elysia
Servings 40 -50 mini apple skewers
These "Caramel" Apple Skewers are a healthier version of caramel apples since the drizzle is a source of healthy fats and protein. They make a cute, fun and healthier appetizer or snack, perfect for those parties and get togethers. You could even set up a DIY caramel apple skewer bar and customize the toppings! {Gluten-free, Paleo & Vegan}
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 apples washed and diced into 1/2 inch cubes (I used Gala)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Toothpicks or wooden bamboo skewers

"Caramel" sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons almond butter the drippy kind
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon water
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

Instructions

  • Wash apples and dice into 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a medium sized bowl and squeeze lemon juice over them and mix to prevent them from browning. You can also mix equal parts water and lemon juice in a small squirt bottle and spritz the apple skewers.
  • Next, skewer the pieces of apple onto a toothpick. Approximately four pieces should fit on each toothpick. Place the apple skewers on a serving tray or large plate.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the caramel sauce. Transfer the mixture into a squeeze bottle if desired.
  • Using the squeeze bottle or a spoon, drizzle the caramel sauce evenly over the apple skewers and sprinkle with desired toppings. Serve immediately or store in a container in the fridge for up to a day.

Notes

  • For best results, serve these skewers fresh since the apple may start to brown the longer that it sits. If you'd like to make them ahead of time, prepare the "caramel" drizzle and toppings and dice the apple just before serving.
  • When making these skewers, select an apple variety that doesn't tend to  brown as easily. Some good choices might be Gala, Cortland, Cameo, Empire, and Ambrosia. 
  • If you can find a drippy almond butter with a more runny consistency, that usually works best for the drizzle. If your almond butter is hard, you can soften it by microwaving it for 30 seconds to a minute, or heating the caramel drizzle mixture in a small saucepan on the stove. 
  • Adjust the consistency of the caramel drizzle according to personal preference. Start with less water and gradually increase if you prefer a thinner consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 54kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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