Delicious and Easy Gluten-Free Caramel Apples Recipe

Dear food lovers,

Are you ready for the deliciousness that I am about to share with you? Today, I bring forth an exquisite recipe for gluten-free caramel apples, which is sure to tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.

This recipe is simple yet incredible! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and free from refined sugar, these caramel apples are perfect for people with dietary restrictions who would love to indulge in a sweet treat. In this recipe, we will use homemade caramel sauce made with coconut milk instead of heavy cream to keep it vegan-friendly.

Caramel apples are a classic fall dessert that never goes out of style. Every year when the crisp autumn air fills the atmosphere, the scent of freshly baked apple pie and caramel apples fills homes all around – it’s a comforting aroma that brings back sweet memories of childhood days.

Making caramel apples can be a fun activity that gathers families around the kitchen table to enjoy some quality time together while creating something delicious. The ingredients involved in this recipe are easily accessible and highly affordable, guaranteeing a tasty result.

In this recipe article, I will provide clear instructions on how to make perfect gluten-free caramel apples step by step. I will also share some tips and tricks to ensure optimum results every time. So, put on your apron, gather your family or friends and let us create something magical!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Caramel Apples
Gluten Free Caramel Apples

My dear foodies, let me tell you something – this gluten-free caramel apple recipe is not just any ordinary recipe. It’s an absolute crowd-pleaser that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Trust me when I say this – once you try this recipe, you’ll fall in love with it and won’t ever want to go back to the traditional caramel apples recipe.

Why do I say that?

Well, firstly, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free so those who have food restrictions can enjoy it without any worries. Secondly, the addition of sea salt to the homemade caramel sauce elevates the flavor profile and adds a touch of sophistication. Thirdly, we’re using Granny Smith apples that give the perfect tartness to balance out the sweetness of the caramel sauce – a match made in heaven!

Plus, this recipe is incredibly simple and easy to follow. Even if you’re new to cooking or have limited experience in the kitchen, you’ll be able to whip up a batch of these delicious caramel apples with ease.

And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, there are so many variations and substitutions you could include in this recipe. From making a chocolate-covered version to adding some peanut butter for extra richness, this recipe is incredibly versatile and adaptable to your liking.

So, why not give it a try? You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Get ready for some fall vibes with these gluten-free caramel apples!
Get ready for some fall vibes with these gluten-free caramel apples!

Let’s dive into the ingredient list for these gluten-free caramel apples. Don’t be deterred by the seemingly long list – most of these ingredients are pantry staples and easy to find! Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this delicious treat:

For the Homemade Caramel:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

For the Apples:

  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 6 popsicle or craft sticks

For the Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

  • Melted chocolate chips for dipping

For Vegan Caramel:

  • One can of coconut milk
  • Brown sugar
  • Sea salt

You can also add some toppings to your caramel apples such as chopped nuts, sprinkles or chocolate chips.

Now, let’s get started on making these delicious gluten-free caramel apples!

The Recipe How-To

 Keep it sweet and healthy with this easy-to-make recipe!
Keep it sweet and healthy with this easy-to-make recipe!

Now it’s time to create the star of the show: gluten-free caramel apples. Follow these simple steps and treat yourself and your loved ones with this delightful dessert!


  • 6 granny smith apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free butter
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 popsicle sticks


  1. First, preheat your oven to 350°F.

  2. Next, wash and dry the apples thoroughly. Take each apple and insert a popsicle stick about halfway into it.

  3. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, coconut milk, dairy-free butter and sea salt over medium heat until the brown sugar starts to dissolve.

  4. Once it starts boiling, let it boil for five minutes while continuously stirring until you form a thick caramel texture.

  5. Then, remove the saucepan from heat and carefully dip each apple into the homemade caramel mixture until fully coated.

  6. Place each coated apple onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them in the oven for 15 minutes until they are tender.

  7. Once ready, carefully remove the apples from the baking sheet and place them on a cooling rack to cool down.

  8. Before serving, you can drizzle some melted dark chocolate over the apples or even sprinkle some chopped peanuts or homemade granola on them for some extra crunch!

These gluten-free caramel apples are perfect for any occasion – whether it’s a family gathering or just a cozy evening at home. I hope you enjoy this dessert as much as I do!

Substitutions and Variations

 One of the best things about autumn: caramel apples!
One of the best things about autumn: caramel apples!

Delectable caramel apples recipe can be made more exciting with variations and substitutions that spice things up. Here are some of the ways you could switch things around.

– If you want to try out a dairy-free version, consider substituting heavy cream with coconut milk. You will have creamy and delicious gluten-free vegan caramel apples.

– For those who don’t have a sweet tooth, consider making sugar-free caramel using natural sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, or Stevia. This option is not only healthy but also tasty!

– To make your caramel apple recipe grain-free, use coconut sugar or brown sugar instead of traditional white sugar. You’ll get the perfect balance of sweetness and a rich caramelly taste.

– For an extra kick of flavor, add a pinch of sea salt to your homemade caramel sauce. It gives your treat the perfect mix of sweetness and saltiness, creating salted caramel apples!

– If you’re feeling adventurous, try drizzling peanut butter on top of your caramel apples or combining them with chocolate chips instead of chocolate covered slices.

– Apple crisp lovers could include oats as a topping on their caramel apples. You’ll get the perfect mix of crunchy oats and soft apple slices for a comforting and wholesome dessert.

With these simple substitutions and variations, you’ll never run out of ways to make delicious and healthy caramel apple treats that satisfy any craving.

Serving and Pairing

 These gluten-free caramel apples are an absolute crowd-pleaser!
These gluten-free caramel apples are an absolute crowd-pleaser!

Welcome to the most important part of this recipe – the serving and pairing. It’s time to take a bite out of these luscious caramel apples, gluten-free, and dairy-free! Perfect for an after-school snack, trick-or-treating surprise, or a cozy autumn party.

For a stunning presentation, you could make caramel apple popsicles by slicing the caramel-coated apples into wedges and sticking a popsicle stick in them. Serve them on a platter for everyone to grab their popsicle stick and take a bite of yumminess. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce or dark chocolate curls for extra indulgence!

You could also chop the caramel apples into small pieces and use them as toppings for your morning oatmeal or yogurt bowls. Mix in some nuts, granola, or peanut butter to elevate the crunchiness!

For an amazing pairing idea that will blow your mind and taste buds, try pairing these gluten-free and dairy-free caramel apples with salted caramel ice cream or apple crisp gluten-free cake. The combination of sweet and savory flavors perfectly balances one another to indulge the sweet tooth cravings without overdoing it.

In conclusion, this recipe is versatile to enjoy any way you’d like from serving options to creative pairings. Trying different tastes could include crunchy chocolate-covered caramel apple slices or topping your dessert recipes with sugar-free dairy-free vegan caramel sauce. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this festive fall treat!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Treat yourself to these delicious caramel apples without any gluten or dairy!
Treat yourself to these delicious caramel apples without any gluten or dairy!

There’s nothing quite like indulging in a freshly made gluten-free caramel apple, but if you’re not able to finish them all at once, fear not! These treats can easily be made ahead, stored, and reheated for future enjoyment.

For make-ahead caramel apples, prepare them up to the point of dipping them in the caramel. Once you’ve removed the caramel from the heat, cover it and leave it at room temperature. Store your prepped apples in the fridge until you’re ready to start dipping. You can store them for up to 24 hours.

To store leftover caramel apples, wrap each one individually in cellophane or wax paper and place them in an airtight container. They should be stored in the refrigerator and will stay fresh for up to a week.

When reheating your caramel apples, remove the wrapping and let them come to room temperature first. Then, you can reheat them in the microwave or oven. For microwaving, place your unwrapped apple on a microwave-safe plate and heat it for 10-15 seconds on high power. If using an oven, preheat to 350°F and place your unwrapped apple on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper for 5-7 minutes.

With these tips for making ahead, storing, and reheating your gluten-free caramel apples, you can enjoy these delectable desserts anytime you want – without any fuss or hassle!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Can you think of a better way to enjoy apples than with caramel?
Can you think of a better way to enjoy apples than with caramel?

As a nutritionist cum food blogger, I have learned that the little things matter when it comes to cooking healthy and delicious meals. Here are some tips to help you achieve perfect results with this gluten-free caramel apple recipe.

1. Choose the right apples: For this recipe, Granny Smith apples work best as they provide the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness. They also hold their shape well when baked or caramelized.

2. Use good quality dairy-free products: If you are lactose intolerant or vegan, you can substitute heavy cream with coconut milk or any other plant-based milk. Make sure you pick good-quality products to ensure a creamier and richer flavor.

3. Measure ingredients carefully: Gluten-free baking requires precise measurements, so use measuring cups and spoons to get accurate quantities of all ingredients.

4. Keep an eye on the caramel: Caramel sauce can quickly go from golden brown to burnt in a matter of seconds. Keep a watchful eye while heating the sugar to prevent it from burning and making your sauce bitter.

5. Let the caramel cool before dipping: Once you’ve made your caramel sauce, let it cool for 5-10 minutes before dipping your apples into it. This will allow the caramel to thicken slightly, ensuring a smooth even coating on your apples.

6. Add sea salt for extra flavor: Sprinkle some sea salt over your finished caramel apple for an added layer of flavor and a touch of sophistication.

7. Try different variations: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and toppings. You could try dipping your apples in melted chocolate, sprinkling them with chopped nuts, or even drizzling them with peanut butter for an unexpected twist.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to create delicious and healthy gluten-free caramel apples that everyone will love!


As a nutritionist and food blogger, I understand that you may have some questions about this gluten-free caramel apple recipe. To make sure that all your inquiries are addressed, I have compiled some frequently asked questions and their respective answers. So, continue reading and let’s have your questions answered.

Are caramel apples gluten-free?

If you’re a gluten intolerant individual and are considering indulging in a caramel apple, you might not have to worry about gluten. Gluten is typically not present in plain caramel. However, it’s crucial to be cautious of ingredients used to add toppings to the caramel apple, which could potentially contain gluten, such as cookies or cereal.

How do you get caramel to stick to the inside of apples?

If you want to ensure that the caramel coating on your apples adheres perfectly, you should first soak them in warm water mixed with a touch of vinegar. This will help remove any wax that may be coating your fruit. Afterward, tilt your pan slightly to produce a small pool of caramel, then rotate each apple in the caramel to make sure that it is evenly coated. Finally, allow any excess caramel to drip off before moving on to the next apple.

Why is caramel not gluten-free?

Caramel color is an additive utilized in food production that results from heating different kinds of carbohydrates like dextrose, invert sugar, lactose, malt syrup, molasses, starch hydrolysates (such as glucose syrup), and sucrose. This information has been provided by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, an expert on celiac disease and a gluten-free dietitian.

Why would caramel not stick to apples?

Before starting to make caramel apples, it is crucial to ensure that the surface of the apples is free from any wax or residue that might interfere with the caramel coating. Therefore, it is recommended to wash and dry the apples thoroughly before proceeding with the recipe.

Bottom Line


In summary, this gluten-free caramel apple recipe offers you a guilt-free dessert option that’s easy to make and has all the goodness of crunchy apples, creamy caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt. You can enjoy it at any time of the day and feel good about yourself because you have used only healthy ingredients.

So don’t hesitate to give it a try and share the love with your family and friends. You could also get creative with a few substitutions and variations like swapping out the heavy cream for coconut milk or peanut butter. You will be amazed at how versatile this recipe could be.

With these caramel apples, you no longer have to sacrifice flavor for health because they are free from gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. As you try this recipe, remember that eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated, boring or expensive. It can be as simple as this gluten-free caramel apple recipe.

I hope that you have enjoyed making these caramel apples and learned some fun tips along the way. Remember that with the right choices in your kitchen, you’re always set up for success!

Gluten Free Caramel Apples

Gluten Free Caramel Apples Recipe

This is my own easy (and lazy) version of caramel apples.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 bowl of caramel apples
Calories 256.6 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • apple, sliced, for dipping


  • Heat agave in a saucepan until tiny bubbles form around the edges –a very low simmer.
  • Continue heating agave this way for 5 minutes (reduces water content of the agave).
  • Add heavy cream and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to an active simmer (Heidi’s words); continue to simmer actively for 7-10 minutes :-).
  • Remove mixture from heat when the caramel reaches a darker nutty color.
  • Place saucepan in a large bowl of ice water to cool and thicken caramel.
  • Place a large bowl of apple slices on the table.
  • Provide an individual ramekin of caramel to each of your hungry little ghosts and goblins.
  • Wash their hands with a wet rag before they leave the table.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 80gCalories: 256.6kcalCarbohydrates: 2.1gProtein: 1.5gFat: 27.5gSaturated Fat: 17.1gCholesterol: 101.9mgSodium: 318.9mgSugar: 0.1g
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