Healthier caramel dip

Serve this treat with apples for a more nutritious alternative to a caramel apple.

Contributed by Allison Collins, MD

Healthier caramel dip

This simple and tasty treat is a fun way to welcome fall. I developed this dip to serve with apples to my kids around Halloween — a healthier replacement for caramel apples. Now, my kids love helping me make it. You can easily swap the almond butter for cashew butter, peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter. You can also add some pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cloves, ginger, or even cardamom) if you follow the pumpkin spice craze. This saves well in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks.

Servings: 10

Prep time: 15 minutes


  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup boiling hot water
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt


  1. In a medium bowl, add the hot water to the medjool dates and let set for about 10 minutes to soften.
  2. After 10 minutes, move the dates and water to a food processor. Add the almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Puree on high speed until completely smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add more water, a tablespoon at a time, as needed to keep things moving.
  3. Serve with sliced apples to dip!

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 150
  • Total fat: 3.5 g
  • Saturated fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 30 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 31 g
  • Dietary fiber: 3 g
  • Total sugars: 27 g
  • Added sugars: 0 g
  • Protein: 2g