Snacks & Treats
Layered Caramel Apple Dip
BY JEN KOSSOWAN, Mama.Papa.Bubba
Sep 20, 2018
Apple season is officially here and we’re celebrating with this delicious layered apple dip. Think caramel apple meets the classic apples and peanut butter — with a twist! It’s so good and really easy, too. In fact, it’s more of a formula than a recipe, and there’s plenty of opportunity swap out ingredients and really make these little jars of layered goodness your own.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- caramel sauce, store bought or homemade*
- cream cheese, brought to room temperature and sweetened with a little pure maple syrup and cinnamon
- almond butter, or other nut/seed butter
- toasted pecans, or other nuts
- mini dark chocolate chips
- apples (pears are delicious with this dip too!)
- small jars or a plate
*We made a slightly more healthy, vegan caramel sauce by combining 1/2 cup of full-fat coconut milk, 3/4 cup of coconut sugar, 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup and a tiny pinch of salt in a small saucepan and allowing it to simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Just be sure to stir it very regularly throughout the simmering process and allow it to cool in the fridge before layering it in your dip.
I love the idea of making it in mini mason jars that can easily be stored in the fridge, but you can also make it on a plate or platter — both look lovely and are equally delicious!
First start by spooning a thin layer of caramel into your jars or onto your plate. If your caramel is a little bit soft, you may want to help it firm up by placing it in the freezer for a few minutes.
Then gently spoon a layer of the sweetened maple cinnamon cream cheese on top of the caramel and smooth it out with the back of a spoon. (Side note: if you’re not a fan of cream cheese in sweet dishes, or if you don’t have any on hand, plain yogurt, also sweetened with a little pure maple syrup and cinnamon, can be substituted.)
Next add a layer of almond butter.
Finish off the dip with another layer of caramel and a sprinkling of crumbled pecans and mini chocolate chips.
Serve with apple and pear slices for a delicious fall treat. Enjoy!