Nothing says fall like apples — covered in chocolate or caramel. Amirite? And while you may be thinking that you're doing no damage to your diet because, well, you're eating fruit, don't forget that those candy coatings can be loaded with sugar.
That's why we rounded up some healthier options so you don't "fall" into a diet trap.
If you're vegan and you love apples, try this amazing recipe from Healthy. Happy. Life., which offers vegan-friendly vanilla-coconut caramel instructions.
The Girl Who Ate Everything's unique take on the candy apple includes white chocolate chips and cinnamon sugar. So go ahead, indulge and enjoy!
Go raw with Fork and Beans' recipe, which uses a date caramel sauce, made with dates, water, coconut oil, nut butter and agave.
Candy apples in chip form? Yes, please! And you can thank Oh, Bite It! for the genius recipe. Yes, it uses 1 cup of sugar, but this one's worth it.
This Rawsome Vegan Life "change [the] definition of caramel" with this amazing take on a fall favorite. The caramel: dates, water and spices. But it wouldn't be complete with some chopped pecans and chocolate sauce.
If you're one of those people who can't wait to bit into a candy apple, but cringes at the thought of having to bite into a candy apple, try The Comfort of Cooking's apple bites. They're easier to eat and covered with peanut butter, granola, cinnamon and a drizzle of melted chocolate.
Another option for those who just can't stomach the idea of gnawing into a candy-coated apple, An Edible Mosaic cuts the fruit into wedges before dipping them in dark chocolate and chopped toasted walnuts.
This Caramel Apple Bar from Craftberry Bush is the most fun you'll have this fall. Throw a bunch of toppings in a muffin tin, melt some caramel and chocolate, and dip away. And if you're looking for some delicious combinations, click the link and check out blogger Lucy's suggestions. We're drooling over the dark chocolate and shredded coconut.
These "caramel" apples from Forks Over Knives don't use caramel at all. Instead, these fall treats are coated in date paste and then covered in various toppings, including nuts, cacao nibs, unsweetened defatted coconut or Goji berries.