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Salted Caramel Dip and Apple Chips for a Sweet Healthy (ish) Treat

You’re going to love this salted caramel apple dip recipe! Use it on fruit, ice cream, dried apple and banana chips, or graham crackers for an extra sweet treat!

Just like most families, we try to eat a well-balanced diet. We incorporate lots of fruits and veggies into every meal and snacks. But I’ve been thinking a lot about how my kids have started to view fruits and vegetables almost like the drudgery they have to go through to get to the good stuff: sugary desserts. So, what about turning fruits into actual dessert? Something that’s not completely saturated in sugar and fat, but doesn’t leave them cheated out of a great treat.

I attempted this today for the kids’ after school snack.

First, I made an ahh-mazing salted caramel dip. I got the recipe from Kevin and Amanda, here. I’d never made caramel anything before and I wish I’d known how easy it is!

Just heat sugar, butter, and stir in heavy cream and sea salt.

Salted Caramel Apple Dip Ingredients | Five Marigolds Whatever you do, DO NOT bump the top of the whisk handle with your hand, sending about 1/8 Cup of nearly caramelized sugar all over your kitchen. Just don’t.

Salted Caramel Dip Caramelized Sugar | Five Marigolds

Caramelized Salted Caramel Dip | Five Marigolds

The result is sweet, salty caramel goodness that will have you licking the bowl, pan and anything else you might “accidentally” spill.

Salted Caramel Dip | Five Marigolds

If you aren’t worried about extra big helpings of the caramel counter-acting the healthy fruit, serve it up as a dip for dried apple chips, graham crackers or fruit.

Salted Caramel Dip with Dried Apples | Five Marigolds

In this case, I only wanted to use a little, to make something healthy into a treat. So, I just poured a little of the cooled dip into a ziplock, snipped the corner with scissors, and drizzled just enough over some freeze-dried apples. The verdict? The kids loved them and were asking for more!

Salted Caramel Apple with Apple Chips | Five Marigolds

I can see drizzling this over a colorful fruit tray for a quick and healthy (ish) after school snack or dessert.

 

 

 

 

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Caramel Apple Bar

Looking for a fun fall activity with the kids? Or just an interactive and tasty after school snack? I love the idea of a caramel apple bar. It’s as simple as it looks!

Start with a sheet of brown kraft paper and a selection of small bowls and dishes. Fill a bowl with your favorite caramel dip, and you could add another bowl with chocolate sauce. We added crushed pretzels, mini chocolate chips and red and black sprinkles for toppings. Don’t forget a little bit of sea salt for a salted caramel option! You could grab a Sharpie and label the toppings like I did here. Then, choose your apples – we’re big fans of honeycrisp, Granny Smith and red delicious. Slice them (love my Pampered Chef apple slicer* for this) and get dipping!

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