New Banana T-shirt + Feel Amazing Vibes T-shirt | Free Shipping on all US Orders!

Raw Caramel with Apples

Dips Sauces & Dressings, Recipes

Raw Caramel with Apples Nutrition StrippedRaw Caramel with Apples. A raw, sweet, ooey-gooey, caramel dip perfect for those of you wanting an alternative to traditional caramel which involves cooking, refined sugars, and dairy. This Raw Caramel is so simple to make that you may start making only this caramel recipe and not bother with the other time consuming recipes…bold statement, I know! My Raw Caramel is made with only wholesome, raw, natural ingredients and takes no more than 5 minutes to make!

Caramel, on a whole new level.

Traditional caramel is made of heavy cream, refined sugar, and vanilla and also takes hours to cook which requires a certain finesse, but of course tastes delicious. Since we’re dairy free here on Nutrition Stripped, I wanted to make an alternative to one of my favorite fall desserts and treats, caramel apples! Caramel is a sweet treat that I missed when first going dairy free many years ago- that was until this recipe was accidentally discovered in my kitchen.

I was making a raw pie crust (similar to Raw Peach Tart) filled with dates, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt, coconut oil, and chopped almonds; I was pureeing the crust and let it blend far too long creating a much thinner texture than I needed for the crust. After a taste test, which was delicious, I added in more coconut oil and it reminded me of caramel in texture from the chewy dates with a slightly sweet flavor. A couple experimentations later, embracing the great qualities of creamy almond butter, thick and gooey dates, slightly sweet maple syrup and honey, and the smooth emulsifying nature of coconut oil, this caramel was created.

This Raw Caramel is called raw, well simply because there is NO cooking involved, and the only ingredients used are raw and unprocessed, such as dates, maple syrup, organic coconut oil, and raw almond butter. The texture should be just as displayed below in the picture- thick enough to stick on an apple but also thin enough to make ribbons off your spoon when holding up. This Raw Caramel is perfect for a decedent drizzle over BanaNO Cream, Raw Peach Tart, or any other fruit you enjoy (pears, bananas, peaches, strawberries, etc.).

Raw Caramel with Apples Nutrition Stripped Raw Caramel with Apples Nutrition StrippedRaw Caramel with Apples Nutrition Stripped

Raw Caramel with Apples is perfect for a holiday gathering, party, or just hanging with friends at home. Speaking of, I actually shared this recipe out on my lovely group of friends on Sunday in celebration for Canadian Thanksgiving (tough job they had right?). It’s easy to make, affordable, and not to mention contains nutrition benefits that traditional caramel lacks including protein, fiber, healthy MCT oils (from the coconut oil), vitamins E, B2, B3, folate, and minerals manganese, magnesium, zinc, copper and phosphorus. Let’s compare that with traditional caramel: sugar, saturated fat (not the beneficial MCT kind), and minimal vitamin A and D.


If you don’t have a Vitamix no worries, soak the dates ahead of time to soften and then use smaller quantities in your standard blender or food processor. You may not get the texture as smooth as with a Vitamix, but you will still be able to combine it very well.

After you make this recipe and taste this deliciousness for the first time, I guarantee you’ll say “How is this not real caramel?!”. A friendly disclaimer about this Raw Caramel, just as traditional caramel is used in “moderation”, so should this recipe. Simply be mindful of your scoops because (end disclaimer and warning) haha.

4.9 from 10 reviews
Raw Caramel
Recipe type: dip, sauce
Prep time: 
Total time: 
A raw caramel recipe that requires no cooking and takes 5 minutes to make.
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup organic coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons of raw almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon of local honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (to taste)
  1. Simply blend all of the ingredients together into a Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and smooth.
  2. Store in an air tight container for up to 1 week.
  3. You may chill this after serving (if you have leftovers).
  4. You will need to sit it at room temperature before eating again as the coconut oil will solidify.
  5. Enjoy!

Raw Caramel with Apples Nutrition Stripped

What would you use this Raw Caramel with? Share below friends!

Have a sweet day,


Share your thoughts

  • kellie

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing! Do you think it would set well if I covered an apple with this dip?

    • Great! It most likely will not set on an apple unless you put it in the freezer or fridge and allow the coconut oil to harden. Be sure to let me know how it goes!

      • kellie

        Thanks for the reply! I’ll let you know. 🙂

      • Kellie

        I made the dip and is was DELICIOUS! I didn’t try covering the whole apple in it because I see what you mean about having to put it in the fridge to harden. But I loved it as a ddip! Thanks again.

  • Katie

    Oh my gosh this is so exciting!! My birthday is Friday and living with an AI disease really discourages me from consuming refined sugars, dairy, grains, etc 🙂 What a perfect birthday gift to be able to take part still in my favorite fall treats – caramel apples and popcorn drizzled with caramel and dark chocolate (melted dark chocolate mixed with coconut oil, mmm)! Thank you! …

    Quick Question: HOW do you get all the last dredges out from the bottom of your Vitamix?? I LOVE mine, but it sometimes seems that I am losing precious amounts of the delicious creations I use it to make. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Katie! Wonderful, I think you’ll love this recipe then as much as I do and you have great ideas on how to use it. As far as the vitamix goes– I often have trouble with this too, but what helps is using a small spoon and carefully scraping out as much of the goodness as you can! Best of luck to you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • OMG McKel this looks so good. Cannot wait to try this recipe! <3

  • Georgia

    Thank you for this recipe!! Do you think I could use raw sun butter in place of the almond butter. I’m sure it would change the flavor slightly but I have a son who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, so difficult sometimes when eating healthy!

    • Hi Georgia! Of course, use any seed you enjoy- sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds would be nice, but like you said, this will create a different flavor but I’m sure still great! Please let me know if you try it out with something else, I’d love to know 🙂

  • looks delish! And I’m guessing you can easily make this 100% vegan by subbing in agave or maple syrup for the honey, yes? Love the almond butter addition!

    • Hi Kathy! Yes, the honey is purely for that flavor- you can use maple syrup or agave. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Loralee

    I love this!!!! It was so good

  • I am so excited about this recipe! 😀 I love caramel, but obviously the traditional version is less than healthy.

  • Putting this on the to-make list ASAP! Thanks for creating a healthy version of a fall favorite!

  • Yum! Totally making this this weekend for a heathy fall dessert. PS Recently found your blog and I’m in love!

    • Hi Elle! So glad you’ve stumbled upon the blog- I’m happy you’re here and also glad your going to try this dessert… it’s amazing I promise 🙂

  • OMGosh, It even smells like caramel, and taste is spot on. My blender fell on ill times and had to use my emersion blender. It’s a little course but so tasty. Got a bag of organic apples and taking it along as a hostess gift with them. Thanks so much…

    • Hi Millie! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, it does help to have a high speed blender or sharp blades on a food processor to break everything down well. I love the idea of using this as a gift! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Claire

    Great dessert with my guests (6 adults, 11 children): dangerous milk allergy and gluten intolerance, 2 different families, 2 different boys. Plus, the girls (6, 10 and 11 will actually enjoy make the desert, while the boys are playing cards, or video games, or fight! and while the parents are enjoying dinner). Thank you.
    One question, have you tried to make oven roasted apples with the dip?

    • Hi Claire! Wow that is a group needed very specific foods and I’m so glad you were able to please everyones taste buds with this recipe! I have dehydrated apples before in my dehydrator- which would be similar to oven baking them for long hours at a low temp. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Valerie

    hey! 🙂 the taste of this recipe is amazing! Only question, is there a reason why my blender kind of separated the ingredients a little? It ended that the texture is really like caramel, but a small part is still liquid.

    • Hi Valerie, thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it, the best blender to use for this is the Vitamix or blentec 🙂

  • Made this tonight and it is seriously amazing!!!! I’ve never seen my kids eat so many apple slices in one sitting, and my Vitamix was practically sparkling clean, because I had to scrape out every ast drop. Well done!!!!!

    • Haha SUCCESS! If the kids love it, everyone can love it- then again how can you not love every ingredient in this sauce? Thanks for stopping by EA!

  • Patty

    Any alternative suggestions for someone allergic to coconut? So many recipes now use coconut.

    • You can use extra maple syrup instead of coconut oil, it won’t have the exact same texture, but it’ll still taste fantastic! xx -m.h.

  • Alicia

    I just made this without the dates and with Sunbutter instead of almond butter. All I can say is OOH-LAWD! This. Is. So. GOOD!!

  • Danielle

    Wow! You are a genius. This is AMAZING. I could barely believe it when I saw the caramel forming right before my eyes in my Vitamix. Then I tried it and couldn’t believe how delicious this was. Your site is wonderful and has become one I frequent regularly!

    Thanks so much!

  • Tanja

    This looks lovely and I would like to try it out. My problem is that it is very difficult to find maple syrup or agave nectar around here. Could I use just honey?

    • You can use honey- I would add a touch more cinnamon and maybe 2 tsp. of molasses to get that maple flavor/rich flavor!

  • this was delicious!! It is def a healthy alternative to fall!

  • Jennifer

    This is phenomenal! I made mine with cashew butter as I didn’t have almond butter and it’s great – like light, gooey caramel. It was a bit thicker than I wanted, though. Any recommendations on thinning it out just a bit? I think if I could have made it thinner I could have blended it longer to make it smoother (mine is a just a bit chunky). I added a wee bit more coconut oil, but it didn’t thin it out. Regardless, though, it’s awesome! Does almond butter make a darker caramel? Mine is very light.

    • Awesome Jennifer! To thin it out you can add more coconut oil or maple syrup. The almond butter, dates, and maple syrup all make it darker in color. The cashews you used are probably making it a bit lighter in color- nonetheless, if it tastes great then good on you!

  • Jennifer

    Have you ever made it in a food processor?

  • Kendra

    McKel, this is AMAZING! I first made my almond butter using raw almond meal, and instead of cleaning the blender I added the rest of the ingredients. Such a delicious way to use the local maple syrup and local honey I love to buy from the farmers market. Going to try this with your apple bread!

  • I just now made this recipe, and I cannot even begin to express the sheer, wonderful, less guilt-inducing than “regular” caramel joy it has created! First, it was super easy, which is a requirement, because while I love to cook I am fighting a painful disorder, which has had a direct correlation with how much energy I have to cook. Second, I wanted to thank you, because even though it’s a dessert, I managed to get my incredibly picky eating daughters to eat 3 apples in less than an hour with just a drizzle of this delicious caramel! I am never going back to the old recipe! Thank you so much- I can’t wait to explore your site and find more wonderfulness to make!

    Also, I am a very new blogger, so I’m still learning widgets, a way to take decent food photos (that is proving to be quite a challenge!) Would it be alright to share the link to your blog and this recipe on my blog? I would be honored to share it. Either way, thank you for your amazing blog!

    • Thank you for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed it Tracy! With recipes, I’m sorry but I don’t allow other blogs to use them or share them, but you’re more than welcome to say recipe inspiration by me with the link:)

  • Liz

    This was so, so, so amazingly good. I’ve made several things from your website, and they’ve all been delicious, but this is the best one yet. My 6-year old daughter was amazed at how easy it was to make caramel (we made our own almond butter and proceeded from there). I have to admit, we ate it straight from the blender as an appetizer, then dipped apples in it for dessert. I used it this morning as a spread on her waffle, and she said it was the best waffle she’s ever had.

    We will definitely be making this again!! Thank so much for sharing this, and all your other wonderful recipes!

    • That’s so great, I’m glad you enjoyed it (all of you)! Thank you for all your kind words and sharing my blog!

  • Nancy

    We are vegetarians who try to eat vegan whenever we can. We gave up on caramel sauce a long time ago. I just made this today. OMG!!! Best thing I’ve ever made in my Vitamix. So easy and incredibly delicious! Thank you so much!!!

  • Lauren

    I made this over the weekend and discovered that your disclaimer is DEFINITELY needed! This stuff is incredible! I put it inside of your raw chocolates and even my husband thought they were amazing! I will definitely be making this again – SO much easier than real caramel and a little less guilty too (as long as I don’t eat it out of the jar with a spoon) 🙂

  • Angie Bonanno

    I don’t have coconut oil in my house so I substituted an equal amount of applesauce, and since applesauce is sweet, no maple syrup was needed at all! This recipe is so unbelievably delicious, you have my entire family drooling over it! I will make it again and again and again!

    • Excellent, thank you for sharing that improvisation, I never tried applesauce! Happy you enjoyed it!

  • Wan Nguyen

    Hi, wonderful recipe you have there! I would like to ask, would using peanut butter be okay and regarding the coconut oil in the recipe, is it at room temperature or is the coconut oil already melted?
    Thank you!

    • McKel Hill

      Great question- the coconut oil should be melted so depending on where you live, if the room is warm enough it’ll already be liquid. You can use peanut butter if you’d like but not as a replacement of the coconut oil 😉

  • Jacquie

    I am impressed by how delicious this is. I only made half the recipe so as to not waste ingredients in case it was a disappointment. Totally not necessary. So good.

    • McKel Hill

      Glad you enjoyed it Jacquie!

  • Pingback: RAW CARAMEL APPLE NACHOS - Cando Nutrition()


See what wellness looks like #IRL

follow @nutritionstripped

Looking for something? Let's find it!

Terms & Conditions

Photography, recipe, and content Policy

All content is copyright of Nutrition Stripped and shall not be copied, replicated, or duplicated. Please be courteous, respectful, and refrain from using it as your own. You may share a recipe or image only by contacting, referring, or directly linking back to Nutrition Stripped.

Photography and Recipe Policy 
We’re extremely flattered when asked to publish NS photography on a website or blog. We ask that if you’d like to share a recipe, photography, or content, you must get permission from the team first. Please keep in mind that all written content, photography, recipes, and general writing are copyrighted materials which have been a labor of love in the production of and have worked very hard to produce it.

Nutrition Stripped policy is as follows if you want to do the following:
To promote a recipe or photograph from my site You may post one photo as long as you give a direct link back to the post where you found the photograph/material including in the content a mention of McKel Hill, MS, RD from Nutrition Stripped. You may not republish the recipe itself. To use my photography for promotion other than sharing my original works you must request permission beforehand, a simple email will do. You may not republish my recipe or multiple recipes without direct permission. We occasionally allow other websites to post my recipes; which is decided at my discretion on a case-by-case basis and mostly with those we have an agreement with for example with my blog writing contributions. Please uphold the standards of the U.S. copyright laws for recipes and mycopyright policy.


Nutrition Stripped © 2016

Privacy Policy

Personal identification information
We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, subscribe to the newsletter, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

Non-personal identification information
We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

Web browser cookies
Our Site may use “cookies” to enhance User experience. User’s web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information
Nutrition Stripped may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes: To improve customer service, information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently. To personalize user experience, we may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site. To improve our Site, we may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services. To run a promotion, contest, survey or other Site feature. To send Users information they agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to them. To send periodic emails, we may use the email address to respond to their inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How we protect your information
We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Site. Sensitive and private data exchange between the Site and its Users happens over a SSL secured communication channel and is encrypted and protected with digital signatures.

Sharing your personal information
We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Changes to this privacy policy
Nutrition Stripped has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page and send you an email. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g. click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.  These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information.  To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice visit the NAI at To opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy and terms of service. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes. Privacy policy created by last modified on 7/31/13

We allow third party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our Web site.  These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g. click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.  These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information.  To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice visit the NAI at To opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit

Disclosure Policy

Nutrition Stripped works with brands all over the globe that we can stand behind and that we know you’ll love too! Companies and brands will send me products to try or develop recipes with. Whenever I review or refer to a product that was provided to me, I will make it clear in the post, otherwise it is a product that I have purchased and will not necessarily mention in that post. 

Disclosure Policy
This policy is valid starting from 16 June 2013. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Nutrition Stripped. For questions about this blog, please contact Support [at] nutritirionstripped [dot] com.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

While this blog may be compensated for a review of a product or service, such compensation will never have an effect on the honest opinion that I present on this blog. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content will always be identified.

Questions? Please e-mail Support [at] nutritionstripped [dot] com or refer to the FTC’s ruling on blogger disclosure: FTC Rules on Sponsored Conversations

Release of Liability
Any item promoted/advertised/sponsored on this site that you choose to partake in is your decision and I am not liable for any problems that arise including, but not limited to: not receiving products, receiving broken or damaged goods, seeing an item you bought go on sale after you buy it, technical difficulties with sites that I link to. Furthermore, any information you submit to any external site is at your own risk.

Affiliate Discretion Notice

Nutrition Stripped is a participant of several affiliate programs which is designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking directly to sources that Nutrition Stripped genuinely likes. If you click on any of those links, which are known as “affiliate links”, and make a purchase within a certain time frame, I’ll get a small commission. The commission is paid by the third parties, not by you! Affiliate links and resources earned help support my efforts here at Nutrition Stripped, thank you!

Need help? Support

T-shirt Size Chart

Size US Sizes UK Sizes AUS Sizes
Small (S) 2-4 32-34 6-8
Medium (M) 6-10 36-40 9-13
Large (L) 10-14 40-44 13-17


No worries, just shoot us a quick email at [email protected] with SHOP in the subject and let us know what size you’re looking for and we’ll set you up!

Avocado Love t-shirt is made with super soft blend of 65% poly 35% viscose; it’s lightweight, flowy, hangs off the body and runs true to size. The boxy crop tee doesn’t show the tummy, just slightly when you raise your hands.

Matcha Matcha Matcha t-shirt is made with a durable 100% cotton blend. It runs a bit on the larger side, but shrinks an entire size due to the cotton.

Kale Made Me Do It t-shirt is made with super soft blend of 65% poly 35% viscose; it’s lightweight, flowy, hangs off the body and runs true to size. The sleeves are purposefully a little loose, hanging off the shoulders giving room to move.

Good Food Good Vibes t-shirt is made with super soft blend of 65% poly 35% viscose; it’s lightweight, flowy, hangs off the body and runs true to size. The sleeves have a deep scoop showing your side body more than a normal tank, great to show off a touch of your sports bra, lacy bra, or any tank underneath.

Each t-shirt is individually hand screen printed here in Nashville, TN by our friends Grand Palace Printing. Each design is printed multiple times to ensure quality color. A lot of love goes into making every single t-shirt, here’s how to take care of it when it gets to you:

+ Wash cold
+ Line dry or lay flat to dry to retain best color and size

Shop Support

Have questions about your order? Exchanges/returns, or just to share a testimonial of your experience with Nutrition Stripped? We’re happy to help answer any and all questions you might have. Please email us at [email protected].

Follow me on Snapchat

Send this to friend