For the last few months I’ve been gluten free and dairy free. Our youngest son, currently 10 months, had horrible eczema and as long as I avoid gluten and dairy, he’s fine. (Click here to read more about our eczema journey.) It’s definitely been challenging not having dairy- I love cheese and butter! But as with anything in life, it’s a growing experience and I’ve been trying new methods and learning to cook without dairy and been good for me.
One treat in particular, I crave every fall and I wasn’t sure I would get it this year:
I was pretty excited when these babies turned out good. I got rave reviews from the family: “Ohhhhhhh, caramel apples!!”
And yes, they enjoyed eating them.
This recipe is simple and easy, it just takes time.
Dairy Free Caramel Apples
1 cup honey
1 cup coconut cream, from about 2 cans (the thick top part of a can of chilled coconut milk)
6 granny smith apples
6 popsicle sticks
Several hours before: chill apples and 2 cans of coconut milk. Just FYI, the boxed coconut milk does not have a thick cream- you have to use the canned coconut milk like this one.
Combine honey and coconut cream in a pan and heat on medium low. Use a candy thermometer and heat to about 250° F. This can take between 30 minutes to an hour and will boil. You don’t have to stir.
Remove from heat and allow to cool till about 180° F. Skewer apples and then dip and twist in caramel sauce. Set on parchment paper and place in fridge for about an hour to cool.
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