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Healthy Caramel Apple Dip

This Healthy Caramel Apple Dip is naturally high in protein and made with wholesome ingredients like cottage cheese, greek yogurt and topped with a natural caramel that's made from medjool dates! The perfect dip for any occasion!

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a platter that is filled with sliced apples and cheesecake caramel in the center

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Healthy Caramel Apple Dip comes together in under 20 minutes.
  • It’s made with simple and wholesome ingredients.
  • The “cheesecake” base is naturally high in protein from the cottage cheese and greek yogurt.
  • This recipe is completely refined sugar free.
  • Medjool dates are soaked then blended to create a natural caramel toppings.
  • It’s sweet, tangy and has the perfect crunch from diced hazelnuts.
  • Enjoy with green or red apples!
  • Perfect for Superbowl or Valentine’s Day!
  • If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out my healthy cheesecake jars for another yummy option!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Healthy Caramel Apple Dip. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

The base of this dip is made with a blend of greek yogurt and cottage cheese, this will give that tangy flavor that cheesecake has without using cream cheese. However, if you wanted to sub the cottage cheese for cream cheese then you can, use an 8oz block.

Pure maple syrup is one of my favorite sweeteners to use in recipes because it’s unrefined and all natural. You may substitute it for cane sugar, coconut sugar, honey, date syrup, powdered sugar or monk fruit sweetener.

Vanilla extract adds a great flavor to any sweet recipe!

Medjool dates will create a delicious caramel like topping. You may use store bought caramel in replace, or my coconut caramel for a dairy free alternative!

Almond butter helps to add flavor and depth to the date caramel, you may substitute it for cashew butter, peanut butter or any other nut or seed butter.

Milk will help smooth and thin out the date caramel to make it smooth and spreadable. You can use any type of milk or nut milk alternative.

I like to finish off this dip with some diced hazelnuts for a bit of a crunch. Feel free to use any type of nut such as almonds or peanuts!

all the ingredients that you need to make this dip in individual containers

How To Make

ONE: Add boiling water to the pitted date and let sit for 10 minutes to soften.

pitted dates in a bowl that is filled with boiling water

TWO: In a blender, add in the cottage cheese, greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla. Blend for 10-15 seconds or until ingredients are just combined- careful not to over blend. Pour mixture into a serving dish and place in the fridge to set up.

THREE: Remove dates from water and add them to a food processor with a touch of date water, almond butter, flakey sea salt, vanilla extract and half the milk. Blend for 30 seconds, scrape down the sides, add in the rest of the milk and blend again.

FOUR: Spread on the date caramel on top of the cheesecake filling and finish off with diced almonds. Enjoy with apples!

Tips And Tricks

Soaking dates in boiling water will soften them to allow a smooth and creamy caramel texture.

Try not to over blend the cheesecake filling mixture, otherwise it will result in a runny texture.

I use Good Culture cottage cheese and plain Greek God’s greek yogurt.

Keep blending the date caramel until it is smooth, thin and easily spreadable. You don’t want it to be too heavy otherwise it will sink when placed on top of the cheesecake filling. Test a small amount and if it sinks, keep blending with milk.

How To Serve And Store

Healthy Caramel Apple Dip is best served chilled with either red or green apples.

Store dip in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoy up to 3-4 days.

an apple dipped into cheesecake filling

Taste And Texture

Healthy Caramel Apple Dip is sweet, tangy and oh so delicious! It taste like a caramel apple but in dip form.

The texture is smooth, creamy with a slight crunch from the diced hazelnuts!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of cottage cheese?

You can use cream cheese, I’d recommend an 8oz block that is softened. Instead of a blender, use an electric whisk.

Can I use another type of caramel?

Yes, feel free to use store-bought caramel or my homemade coconut caramel sauce!

Can I make this ahead of time?

For best results, you can make this dip the night before. Just be sure to cover completely and store in the fridge.

Other Recipes You May Like

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Healthy Caramel Apple Dip

This Healthy Caramel Apple Dip is naturally high in protein and made with wholesome ingredients like cottage cheese, greek yogurt and topped with a natural caramel that's made from medjool dates! The perfect dip for any occasion!
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PREP TIME:
15 minutes
COOK TIME:
10 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
25 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

“Cheesecake” Filling

  • 1 cup cottage cheese, I used Good Culture
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt, I used Greek God’s
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, see notes above for substitutions
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Date Caramel

  • 1.5 cups pitted medjool dates, about 18 dates
  • 2 tbsp almond butter, may sub any other nut or seed butter, or omit
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk, may sub any other milk or nut milk alternative
  • 1/2-1 tsp flakey sea salt, or more if desired
  • 1/4 cup diced hazelnuts, may sub almonds, peanuts or pretzels
 
  • Serve with red or green apples

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

10-12 servings

Directions

  1. Remove the pit from each date and place them in a medium bowl. Pour boiling water over the dates and allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften.
  2. In a blender, add in the cottage cheese, greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla. Blend for 10-15 seconds or until ingredients are just combined- careful not to over blend.
  3. Pour mixture into a serving dish and place in the fridge to set up.
  4. Remove dates from water and add them to a food processor with almond butter, flakey sea salt, vanilla extract and half the milk. Blend for 30 seconds, scrape down the sides, add in the rest of the milk and blend again until you reach the right consistency- should be spreadable and not heavy.
  5. Test your caramel by adding a dollop onto the cheesecake filling, if it sinks then it's too heavy. Add it back into the food processor and process with more milk if needed. 
  6. Spread on the date caramel on top of the cheesecake filling and finish off with diced hazelnuts.
  7. Enjoy with apples!

Notes

  • Soaking dates in boiling water will soften them to allow a smooth and creamy caramel texture.
  • Try not to over blend the cheesecake filling mixture, otherwise it will result in a runny texture.
  • I use Good Culture cottage cheese and plain Greek God's greek yogurt.
  • Keep blending the date caramel until it is smooth, thin and easily spreadable. You don't want it to be too heavy otherwise it will sink when placed on top of the cheesecake filling. Test a small amount and if it sinks, keep blending with milk.

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