Lately I’ve been asking people, in hopes to understand them better, “apples or bananas?” and “Why?” Most people’s answer to the “why” portion of the question involves something about taste, but in my opinion that’s the least important part about what separates the two fruits.
You see, I’m a big fan of both apples and bananas. But, if I was asked this question, I would reply with “apples” 100% of the time. To the “why” portion of the question, I would respond that apples are easier to transport (because they get bruised less easily), stay ripe longer (instead of bananas which are perfect for only two days maximum), and bake up better in hearty dishes because they hold their shape.
Now before you think I’m bashing on bananas too badly, stop! I love them too. Bananas can do GREAT things as a part of the dough (as you can see in my Best Ever Vegan Banana Bread (GF!), these Peanut Butter Banana Snack Balls, and these (Secretly) Healthy Banana Blackout Cookies). BUT, apples can hold their own. They’re a strong fruit that doesn’t need any mass quantity of grain added to make it into a dish!
If you haven’t stopped reading by now insisting that I have a crazy fruit obsession… CONGRATULATIONS! Now you get onto the good stuff. Today I’m sharing how I created these ahhhh-mazing CARMEL APPLE Crescent Rolls, featuring Nature’s Charm Coconut Carmel Sauce.
If you experimented with my past post featuring these Vegan Chocolate Revel Bars, then you may be familiar with Nature’s Charm, because they also make a (wonderful) vegan sweetened condensed milk which I used in that recipe!
I love how the coconut-milk based caramel sauce keeps the recipe vegan (as always) and gives the apples rolled between layers of flakey crescent dough a creamy, smooth, oh-so-carmel-y flavor that we all know and love. Nature’s Charm makes a whole line of entirely vegan products including a coconut-based whip cream which is deeeelish with these Carmel Apple Crescent Rolls) that’s available in many health food stores and for shipping right to your house!
In this recipe, I combined the caramel with lovely, tart Granny Smith apples and cinnamon to make an epic flavor bomb. I wrapped the tasty goods inside crescent rolls, which I didn’t even have to make by hand! This is one of my favorite super secret vegan baking hacks. Most people would assume that store bought crescent rolls aren’t vegan… but most people are, indeed, wrong! Just make sure (as always) to check the ingredients before you purchase.
All I did was wrap the apple/ caramel mixture up, roll it in the crescent rolls, and throw them in the oven. Super simple and my kitchen smelled divine in no time.
It’s clear that apples and caramel go together. Now, I just need to find away from bananas and caramel to work, too…
If you make this recipe, or try one of Nature’s Charms’ products, let me know in the comments below! You can also tag me on Instagram at @cookwithcourt. I love seeing recreations!
Vegan Caramel Apple Crescent Rolls
An easy to prepare vegan dessert perfect for entertaining guests who are vegan and those who aren't! Even more fabulous when apples are in season.
- 2 granny smith apples
- 1/3 cup Nature's Path Coconut Caramel (Plus extra for drizzling)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 heaping tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 2 tbsp plant-based milk
- 3 8 packs crescent rolls (24 rolls in total)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel skin off apples and cube into chunks 1/4 inch thick.
In a medium bowl, combine apple chunks, cinnamon, flour, cinnamon, flour, vanilla extract, and salt until thoroughly mixed.
Add 1 heaping tablespoon of apple mix to the widest part of each crescent roll and roll up carefully, attempting to enclose the apple mixture in the dough.
Lay out the rolls on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Using a brush, brush the rolls with a coating of plant based milk and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for 11-13 minutes till golden-brown. Once cool, drizzle with caramel. Serve with extra caramel and coconut whipped cream*, if desired.
*I used Nature's Path coconut whipped cream as an extra topping, and I loved it! I added 1 tsp of vanilla to the can and 2 tbsp maple syrup.
This post has been sponsored by Nature’s Charm®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.