Vegan Peanut Butter Caramel Apples

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I have been craving fall treats again. Caramel apples are usually too sweet for me, and since I love apples dipped in peanut butter, it seemed like a perfect pairing. I didn’t have any skewers, but I thought sticks would work great… And give the apples a rustic look.

Here’s my recipe:

  • Two Strong Sticks (or skewers if you prefer)
  • Two Tart Apples
  • 1 tsp Safflower Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup Finely Chopped Almonds
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/8 cup Brown Rice Syrup
  • 1/8 cup Maple Syrup

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First, I washed my apples, gathered my ingredients, and went looking around the yard for some strong and clean looking sticks.

Put a sheet of wax or parchment paper onto a cutting board or cookie sheet. Place apples on it and push sticks through the cores of the apples. Prepare room in your refrigerator, as you will have to get the caramel cooling quickly after spreading so it doesn’t melt down the apples and pool on bottom.

To begin cooking, heat a small skillet on low heat and drop in the oil. While that warms, chop almonds- not so much that they turn to dust, but enough that they are in small bits. Drop the almonds into the heated oil and toss them around until they are warm, fragrant, and just starting to darken. Sprinkle on the salt and set them aside.

Next, heat a small saucepan on medium and added in peanut butter, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and cinnamon. Keep stirring it until it’s warmed through but doesn’t begin to thicken. It should run off the spoon in ribbons.

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Using a spoon, spread peanut butter caramel onto apples and sprinkle on toasted almonds. Place in refrigerator and let cool for two hours. Enjoy!

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