I love, love, love caramel!! This easy recipe is quick and easy and is gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar free! Can also be nut free*! There’s even no butter or milk to substitute. Deceptively delicious.
This recipe fits dietary guidelines for most allergies and is perfect for following a special diet for autism and ADHD. Guilt-free pleasure and perfect for Halloween!
These caramels we made using almond butter and ground whole vanilla powder from the vanilla bean, not a liquid extract, so they were darker than usual, but so very yummy!
Please excuse the poor photos – a mom of many talents I am, but photographer is not one of them.
The following recipe made 15 caramels, as shown above, and 4 caramel apples, seen below. Plus many stolen bites from the four little ones dying to eat it before it was ready!
You can see the apples didn’t look pretty – but the taste more than made up for it. I often don’t post pictures and recipes because I’m a perfectionist and I want to “redo” it so it’s just right… which means never! In my attempt to get over my perfectionism, here are my perfectly unpretty caramel apples.
(Also, I waited to long to dip the apples and the caramel had started to thicken already. I know better, but next time I will have the apples ready and waiting and pour the caramel candies, if any at all, after the apples are done!)
4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Slowly heat the honey in a saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes, until it begins to slightly bubble.
- Add nut butter and vanilla and cook for another couple of minutes.
- Bubbles will form and the mixture will pull away from the edges.
- Careful not to overcook – the longer you cook it, the harder it will get!
- For caramel apples: Put a wooden stick in the apple, dip into the caramel and lay on wax or baking paper to harden.
- For candies: Pour into a Silicone Candy Moldand put in the refrigerator until firm.
- If you do cook it too long, try adding a bit of almond milk or water and stirring on low heat until it melts again.
- Go ahead and add a bit of almond milk or water to create a thinner caramel dip for cut pieces of fruit.
- The candies are solid and firm out of the refrigerator. After sitting out, they get very soft and pliable.
Do you have a favorite Halloween recipe? I’d love to try yours, so please share in the comments below!