Date-Sweetened Caramel Apples

November 15, 2016

Appetizers and Sides

By: Jasmine Briones 

Date-Sweetened Caramel Apples {oil- gluten- & refined sugar-free w/ raw option} sweetsimplevegan.comBack at it again with another recipe, I have been on a roll lately and I am so pumped to be able to you all more healthy vegan recipes to try out, especially during this time of the year.

It’s that time of year again for the classic caramel apple, so I decided it would be perfect create a healthy vegan version that is actually good for you. Seriously, you could eat this for breakfast and feel amazing!

Last week I was in charge of making a few goodies for an all vegan baby shower and included in that were Vegan Caramel Apples. The baby shower was hosted by my friends Alex & Kristin of Mr. & Mrs. Vegan, and if you know them and myself, you would know that we both are adamant about abstaining from added oils. For those of you who would like information on why to avoid oils, Mic the Vegan summarized all of the information in this awesome video — click here to watch.

If you would like to check out and make some of the other recipes I contributed, they will be coming to my blog this week and you will find the links below once ready!

Date-Sweetened Caramel Apples {oil- gluten- & refined sugar-free w/ raw option} sweetsimplevegan.comThe holiday seasons are what I always am told are the hardest for people to stay healthy during and believe me, I agree and most definitely feel the same way. I want to tell you that of course it is absolutely okay to indulge and have some of your childhood favorites this time of year, and please do, BUT I also want you all to be aware that there are hundreds of amazing vegan versions of these classics all over the internet, giving you all the option to still be able to maintain this plant-based health filled lifestyle during this difficult time.

I love the holidays because I am able to bring a plant-based option to a non-vegan event and give my friends and family both a delicious and healthier option on the table. Some people are weary of a plant-based lifestyle because they are under the impression that they would have to give up the decadence and comfort their favorite recipes provide for them. The holiday season provides us with the perfect opportunity to prove otherwise!

I would love to hear some of your stories bringing vegan dishes to non-vegan gatherings and having the crowd LOVE THEM! Comment below if you have anything to share <3

Make sure you tag me on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan or twitter @sweetsimpleveg and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of my recipes, I love to see your photos!

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Date-Sweetened Caramel Apples {oil- gluten- & refined sugar-free w/ raw option}

  • Author: Jasmine Briones / Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8


  • 16 ounces soft medjool dates, pitted (if not soft, soak in warm water for 15 minutes then drain)
  • 1/4 cup plant milk (I used coconut)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/81/4 tsp salt
  • Apples of choice
  • Toppings of choice (I used crushed walnuts)
  • 1 bag 6″ cookie sticks


  1. Blend all of the ingredients except for the apples in a high speed blender until smooth, scraping down the sides if needed.
  2. Prepare your desired toppings so they are ready to press onto the apples.
  3. Use a spoon or butter knife to spread a thick later of caramel all around the apple.
  4. Press (do not turn) apple onto desired toppings.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for 20-25 minutes to stiffen.
  • Prep Time: 40 mins

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  1. Teresa Morgan says:

    Yummy! Can I use soy milk?

  2. Vickie Fisher says:

    This is an amazing idea! I am in a raw vegan Facebook group and I have to say, I’ve never seen anything like this before. I used to love caramel apples so I need to get more dates and make these! Thanks, Jasmine!

  3. Monica says:

    I cannot wait until fall comes around to make these!!

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