fab. vegan recipe of the day: ‘Easy vegan caramel apples’

Posted on October 30, 2012


Today (29th October), Kathy Patalsky posted a fab. vegan recipe on her lunch box bunch web-site titled ‘Easy vegan caramel apples’.

‘… These Easy Vegan Caramel Apples are perfect for Halloween and/or your fall[autumn] apple harvest. And despite what you may think about “vegan caramel” this recipe couldn’t be easier. The goods..

* 1 honeycrisp apple, organic (of course any apple will work.)
* vegan vanilla-coconut caramel (recipe ahead)
* walnut + dark chocolate crumble (easy)
* 1 wooden stick or thick bamboo skewer

..and boom. Your vegan caramel apple craving is soon to be satisfied…

As I was skimming around other vegan caramel recipes I noticed that many of them get very precise regarding temperatures and boiling points etc etc. It all makes it sound very intimidating, especially to someone like me who does not own a candy thermometer.

So I gave my “super easy, guess-ti-mation timing” version a whirl and it totally worked. I made a few different batches, using different times for “boiling” and again, it worked. So while precision is totally awesome if you have the patience and skills and tools. I personally found that winging it kinda works here. Making vegan caramel a lot easier than you may think …

The topping / coating? You can really do whatever you’d like. Peanuts, chopped pecans, dark chocolate, walnuts, brazil nuts or even go all healthy and throw in a few chia or hemp seeds. I did a simple walnut + dark vegan chocolate mixture. Very yummy.

So grab an apple and make this!.. …

Easy Vegan Caramel Apples – Walnut Dark Chocolate Dipped
makes one, vegan


1 large apple (organic honeycrisp used)
1 stick for apple (wood or bamboo)
-> wash apple, dry very well and place stick into apple core


1/4 cup walnuts, raw
2 Tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips/chunks/bars
-> process these in a food processor or vitamix until thin and crumbly


Vanilla-Coconut Caramel:
4 Tbsp vegan sugar (organic granulated sugar)
1/4 tsp real vanilla extract (or real vanilla bean specks .. I used this)
2 1/2 Tbsp coconut cream (the white stuff from a chilled can of full fat coconut milk)
pinch of sea salt
-> Add sugar, vanilla, salt and coconut cream to a saute pan over high heat. Stir until melted together. Continue stirring as the mixture begins to bubble. Stir bubbling for about 45 seconds. Reduce heat to low. Stir for another minute. Turn heat off and pour mixture into a small dish. Place in the fridge to chill until sticky (about ten minutes should do it.)


Dip dry apple in caramel – slather it around. Then dip in coating. Serve or slice and serve.


* If caramel is too thick when you pull from fridge, stick in the microwave for a few seconds to soften.
* If caramel does not firm up in the fridge, wait until fully chilled, it should be firm. If not, start over and heat the caramel mixture a minute or so longer at the boiling state. You may be able to simply reheat the same mixture.
* If caramel seems grainy, you need to melt/heat it for a longer period on the stove.
* If mixture seems too thick as you are heating it, add another spoonful of coconut cream.
* If caramel does not stick to the apple, place it back in the fridge, it probably needs to chill a bit longer to get stickier. OR your apple is too wet. Dry it off very well …’

Read the item in full and the recipe, view loads of images and add your comment online at http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/10/easy-vegan-caramel-apples-walnuts.html


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