Animal-Based Caramel Apples

Prep time: 3 hrs 30 min      Cook time: 0 min      Rest time: 30 mins     Total time: 4 hrs

Makes: 4+ caramel apples

These animal-based caramel apples are dipped in date syrup and coated with dehydrated beef bits for a tasty crunch.

What you need to make Animal-Based Caramel Apples

Ingredients:

Equipment:

Substitutions

You can substitute raw honey (ASHLEYR for 10% off) for the date syrup, but it will have less of a caramel flavor.

animal-based caramel apples

How to make Animal-Based Caramel Apples

If a visual will help, watch the Instagram Reel for this recipe.

animal-based caramel apples

animal-based caramel apples

Dehydrate the ground beef.

Cook the ground beef in your cooking pan on the stovetop until done. Don’t add any fat while cooking.

Once the ground beef is cooked, drain out all of the fat.

Transfer the cooked ground beef to a plate. Pat the beef dry with a towel to soak up as much of the remaining fat as you can.

Transfer the ground beef on top of a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet. Spread the pieces out in as thin of a layer as possible to promote even baking.

Dehydrate the ground beef in the oven at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours. You may have to rotate the pieces while cooking. I usually swirl everything around with a fork every 30 minutes or so or when I remember. The pieces should be hard and crunchy when done. I typically keep an eye on mine at about the 2-hour mark. Mine was done right around 3 hours.

Once the beef is fully dehydrated, remove the beef pieces from the oven and let them cool.

Note: make sure the beef pieces are fully cooled before adding them to the apples.

animal-based caramel apples

Make the caramel apples.

Pour your date syrup into a small mixing bowl. You don’t need to measure the amount as whatever you don’t use can be poured back into the container. I only used about 1/5 of the bottle to coat all of my apples.

Pull or cut the stems off of each apple, and insert the apple sticks (pointy side first) into the area where the stem was. Push the stick in until the apple feels sturdy to hold up using the stick.

Hold on to the stick and roll your apples in the bowl of date syrup, fully coating the apple. Hold the apple upside down (stick will be on top and pointing up) and allow the date syrup to run off the apple completely, forming a smooth glaze.

animal-based caramel apples

Add the dehydrated beef to the apples.

Instead of rolling the apple in the beef pieces, I recommend adding them by hand.

Note: these are messy! The date syrup is not hefty like your standard thick and goopy caramel and doesn’t hold add-ons as well. While eating, I had to add more date syrup to mine (squirted it onto the apple straight from the bottle before each bite) and top it with some of the loose beef pieces that didn’t stick to the apples.

Note: you may have some leftover beef pieces. These are great eaten alone or even with the date syrup. You can also use the leftovers to make my Animal-Based Cereal, Animal-Based Beef Cookies, or Banana Beef Muffins.

If you need a holding place for the apples before enjoying them, place the finished apples inside the paper cupcake liners.

Serve and enjoy!

Note: these can be stored in the fridge, but I highly recommend eating them fresh. The date syrup firms up a bit in the fridge, but not much.

animal-based caramel apples

Tips to make the best Animal-Based Caramel Apples

  • Make sure the beef pieces are fully cooled before adding them to the apples.
  • These apples are messy! The date syrup is not hefty like your standard thick and goopy caramel and doesn’t hold add-ons as well. While eating, I had to add more date syrup to mine (squirted it onto the apple straight from the bottle before each bite) and top it with some of the loose beef pieces that didn’t stick to the apples.
  • You may have some leftover beef pieces. These are great eaten alone or even with the date syrup. You can also use the leftovers to make my Animal-Based Cereal, Animal-Based Beef Cookies, or Banana Beef Muffins.
  • When finished, these can be stored in the fridge, but I highly recommend eating them fresh. The date syrup firms up a bit in the fridge, but not much.

A few of my other favorite sweet eats:

Strawberry Truffles

Crunch Bars [with Beef]

Jumbo Chocolate Cups with Salted Chunky Date Filling

Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Spongey Cake Bars

Maple Bacon Doughnuts

Animal-Based Caramel Apples

animal-based caramel apples

 

Animal-Based Caramel Apples

These animal-based caramel apples are dipped in date syrup and coated with dehydrated beef bits for a tasty crunch.
Prep Time3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time4 hrs
Food Type: Candy, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet Preference: AIP, Candy, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo, Snack
Servings: 4 apples
Author: Ashley Rothstein

Equipment

  • Cooking Pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Apple sticks
  • Paper cupcake liners (optional – for placing finished apples on)

Ingredients

Instructions

If a visual will help, watch the Instagram Reel for this recipe.

    Dehydrate the ground beef.

    • Cook the ground beef in your cooking pan on the stovetop until done. Don't add any fat while cooking.
    • Once the ground beef is cooked, drain out all of the fat.
    • Transfer the cooked ground beef to a plate. Pat the beef dry with a towel to soak up as much of the remaining fat as you can.
    • Transfer the ground beef on top of a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet. Spread the pieces out in as thin of a layer as possible to promote even baking.
    • Dehydrate the ground beef in the oven at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours. You may have to rotate the pieces while cooking. I usually swirl everything around with a fork every 30 minutes or so or when I remember. The pieces should be hard and crunchy when done. I typically keep an eye on mine at about the 2-hour mark. Mine was done right around 3 hours.
    • Once the beef is fully dehydrated, remove the beef pieces from the oven and let them cool.
    • Note: make sure the beef pieces are fully cooled before adding them to the apples.

    Make the caramel apples.

    • Pour your date syrup into a small mixing bowl. You don't need to measure the amount as whatever you don't use can be poured back into the container. I only used about 1/5 of the bottle to coat all of my apples.
    • Pull or cut the stems off of each apple, and insert the apple sticks (pointy side first) into the area where the stem was. Push the stick in until the apple feels sturdy to hold up using the stick.
    • Hold on to the stick and roll your apples in the bowl of date syrup, fully coating the apple. Hold the apple upside down (stick will be on top and pointing up) and allow the date syrup to run off the apple completely, forming a smooth glaze.

    Add the dehydrated beef to the apples.

    • Instead of rolling the apple in the beef pieces, I recommend adding them by hand.
    • Note: these are messy! The date syrup is not hefty like your standard thick and goopy caramel and doesn't hold add-ons as well. While eating, I had to add more date syrup to mine (squirted it onto the apple straight from the bottle before each bite) and top it with some of the loose beef pieces that didn't stick to the apples.
    • Note: you may have some leftover beef pieces. These are great eaten alone or even with the date syrup. You can also use the leftovers to make my Animal-Based Cereal, Animal-Based Beef Cookies, or Banana Beef Muffins.
    • If you need a holding place for the apples before enjoying them, place the finished apples inside the paper cupcake liners.

    Serve and enjoy!

    • Note: these can be stored in the fridge, but I highly recommend eating them fresh. The date syrup firms up a bit in the fridge, but not much.

     

    Looking for some more easy sweet eats? Try one of these recipes:

    Strawberry Truffles

    Crunch Bars [with Beef]

    Jumbo Chocolate Cups with Salted Chunky Date Filling

    Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffins

    Spongey Cake Bars

    Maple Bacon Doughnuts

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    Ashley Rothstein

    Ashley Rothstein develops tasty, whole food, animal-based, fat-filled recipes that include a moderate amount of minimally toxic plant foods. To fix her own health issues, she bounced around between the carnivore, keto, and paleo diets for a few years. After experiencing and studying each diet philosophy, she learned she feels her best by merging the three and following an animal-based diet with time-restricted feeding. As a glut at heart, she likes to channel her creativity and create meals that are healthy but also satisfy her inner gluttonous spirits.

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