These vegan, chocolate dipped apple slices are a delicious kid-friendly treat, sweet snack or light dessert! Dipped in chocolate, drizzled with melted SunButter then decorated in your favorite toppings – these apples are fun to make and easy to serve.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CHOCOLATE APPLE SLICES WITH SUNBUTTER
This vegan twist on candy apples is an easy dessert you can make in less than 20 minutes! With zero dairy, nuts or refined sugar, it’s a treat you can feel good about eating and giving to your kids. This variation on the treat is great because:
- It’s easy to customize. Everyone can add their favorite toppings to their apple slices.
- Each apple slice has the perfect ratio of chocolate, fruit and toppings.
- Less mess when serving or eating – which makes them great for entertaining.
- Covered with good-for-you ingredients.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED APPLE RINGS
I think these chocolate covered apple rings might be one of my favorite recipes shared so far because its so easy yet delicious! To be fair, it’s not really a recipe (just apples, vegan chocolate, SunButter and toppings), but here’s the list of ingredients:
- Large, Fresh Apples. I love to use Granny Smith (tart) or Honeycrisp (sweet-tart), which pairs beautifully with chocolate and toppings.
- Dairy-free Chocolate Chips. Semi Sweet, Dark or even White vegan chocolate chips are great options you can’t go wrong with!
- SunButter. I used the Creamy variety (red) which melted into a yummy drizzle.
- Granola, Seeds, Sprinkles for Decorating. The sky’s the limit! I’ve included a list of ideas below in the “how to” section. Keep in mind, smaller toppings tend to stick best to these chocolate covered apple slices.
HOW TO MAKE AND DECORATE CHOCOLATE APPLE SLICES
This recipe is a cinch to make, but I’ve included a few tips to ensure that your decorated apple slices turn out great every time.
PREPPING THE APPLES
- Start with whole apples (washed and dried well). Slice vertically into 1/2”-3/4” inch thick pieces and remove seeds. Option: cut out center and fill with SunButter.
- Carefully insert a popsicle stick or cake pop stick into the bottom of each slice, pushing it about halfway into the apple. Using a paring knife to cut a slit in the apple first will help make this process easier.
- Perhaps the most crucial step is to dab the sliced apples dry with paper towels immediately before dipping in chocolate. If the apples are moistened with juice, the chocolate will not adhere.
DIPPING THE CHOCOLATE BASE COAT
Melt the chocolate chips of choice (I microwave them) and dip the dried apple slices into the chocolate to coat. Be sure to cover the whole slice, just past where the popsicle stick meets the apple.
DRIZZLING WITH SUNBUTTER
If desired, you can pour warm SunButter into a ziplock bag then cut off the corner to “pipe” on chocolate covered apples.
HOW TO DECORATE CHOCOLATE APPLE SLICES
Before the SunButter drizzle has set, sprinkle apple slices with your favorite add-ons.
Here are some of our tastiest creations for inspiration:
- Finely flaked sea salt keeps it simple yet full of flavor.
- Pair chopped dried pineapple pieces with shredded coconut (if you don’t have a coconut allergy) for a tropical twist.
- Add crushed up cookies or graham crackers – the kids love this!
- Sprinkle with freeze dried strawberries (my take on a PB&J).
- Top dark chocolate apple slices with white mini chips – the more chocolate the better.
- Add your favorite granola or seeds like pepitas and sunflower for added crunch.
- Break salted mini pretzels into small pieces for a sweet-savory twist.
Once I’ve added the toppings, I like to pop the apple slices in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to help the chocolate set into a nice, crunchy coating.
SERVING DECORATED APPLE SLICES
These treats are best enjoyed fresh since they involve sliced apples; however, if absolutely needed, leftovers will hold up for about a day in the refrigerator. Just be mindful that the chocolate may soften a bit because the natural juices of the apples will start to seep through.
OTHER CHOCOLATE SUNBUTTER RECIPES
Our family loves SunButter! Whether it’s simply spread on a sandwich, added to smoothies or yogurt bowls, eaten by the spoonful or used to create delicious desserts like these:
I hope you enjoy these Chocolate Dipped Apples as much as we did! If you have any questions about this recipe, I will love to hear about them in the comment section below. ⬇️ Did you make this recipe? Snap a photo and tag me #allergylicious 📸 I love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook. Find me @allergylicious.
- 4 large apples, sliced 1/2" thick (Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith)
- 2 Cups vegan chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)
- 1/4 Cup Creamy SunButter
- 1 TB. coconut oil (optional for thinning)
- Popsicle Sticks
- Topping Ideas: sprinkles, seeds, coconut, crushed cookies, freeze dried strawberries, flaky salt, graham cracker crumbs, mini chips, mini marshmallows, caramel
- Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Slice vertically into 1/2" rings and removes seeds/stem or hard center. Use a paring knife and cut a small hole in the bottom then insert popsicle sticks in each one. If the rings are too thin, the apple will break, so don't slice too thin.
- Lay flat on paper towel to absorb excess liquid.
- If desired, fill center of apple circle with a spread of SunButter to fill the hole. OR Spread a thin layer on top then refrigerate 10 minutes.
- Add vegan chocolate chips to a heat-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until reheating another 30 seconds or until completely melted. Optional: add 1 tablespoon coconut oil to thin it out (if not allergic).
- Dip each apple slice in chocolate, using a spoon to coat the entire slice up to the bottom of the stick. Allow excess chocolate to drip off then transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in refrigerator 5 minutes.
- Now melt SunButter in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave as you did with the chocolate chips. Once smooth, drizzle on top of chocolate (making sure its warm, not hot or else it'll start to melt). *I found it easier to spoon melted SunButter into a ziplock baggie then cut a small corner and used that to pipe.
- Add dry toppings like seeds, granola, dried strawberries, white mini chips, flaked sea salt, etc. Refrigerate until solid. Store in fridge for 1-2 days.
Want biggie slices? Cut apples into bite-sized slices instead of rings.
Want less chocolate? Drizzle apples instead of dipping, although they will need to be served right away.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 5gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information is only an estimate based off of using an online calculator. Numbers will change depending on brands used.