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5 from 9 votes

Apple Popsicles with Date Caramel Crumble

These popsicles are a great way to use up loads of apples and they taste just like a frozen apple crumble, so you can indulge in the traditional British comfort dessert on a hot summer day! They’re vegan and refined-sugar-free.
Make them gluten-free by swapping the plain flour for buckwheat flour and using gluten-free oats. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Kate Hackworthy | Veggie Desserts


  • 8 apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 240 ml water
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the date caramel

  • 15 medjool dates pitted (or standard dates soaked in warm water for an hour)
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 5-10 tablespoons of non-dairy milk almond works well
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract

For the crumble

  • tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1 ½ tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp pecans finely chopped


  • First, make the applesauce. In a saucepan over a medium heat, combine apples, water, honey and cinnamon. Cook uncovered, stirring often, for 10-15 minutes or until the apples are very soft. 
  • Allow to cool slightly, then roughly puree with a blender, hand held electric blender or food processor, keeping some large pieces for texture. 
  • Allow to cool completely, then fill ice lolly moulds and freeze for a few hours or overnight.

Meanwhile, make the toppings.

    For the date caramel

    • Add the pitted dates, salt and 5 tablespoons of milk to a blender or mini processor and whiz until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to make it a thick drippy consistency. Set aside or store in the fridge.

    For the crumble topping

    • In a small bowl, beat the coconut oil and maple syrup together well. Stir in the oats, flour and pecans, then rub the ingredients together with fingertips until it forms coarse crumbs.
    • In a frying pan over a medium heat, toast the mixture for a few minutes, stirring often, until it is golden. Set aside.

    To assemble

    • When the lollies are set, run them under hot water to remove them from the molds. Dip them into the caramel and then into the crumble topping. Enjoy!


    Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.5mg