Lite Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

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Is there anything better than a sweet dessert? How about a traditional Midwest favorite, on the lighter side with the same great taste?

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For this recipe you can swap out the green apples for red apples, and lite cool whip for whatever variety Cool Whip you would like.

Since I started working with a trainer, I have learned the importance of tracking macros and learning to make foods that I already love with healthier options so I don’t keep bouncing back and forth between healthy food and the junkier, comfort food that is so typical of the Midwest.

This past labor day, I made a single batch of this lite snickers caramel apple salad and it was devoured by all. Its a fan favorite, and could be duplicated in multiple batches for potlucks or big family get-togethers.

Instead of using a whisk, I used my hand held emulsion blender to set the pudding mix quickly before mixing in the Cool Whip.

For a sweeter treat or to make the regular version, add more snickers, but I promise that the Lite tastes nearly as good, if not better, than the original.

To start, I’d like to state that I totally used the lazy mom method and brought pre-sliced and cored green apples. Now for the recipe.

As I mentioned, I used my emulsion blender to set the pudding rapidly, mixed in the Cool Whip Lite and set aside the mixture. To help keep it lighter, I grabbed snack size snickers and cut them up into eight bite-sized pieces and added the snickers to the mix. After the snickers were added, I took my pre-sliced apples and cut them down into smaller pieces and also added to pudding mixture. Chop as many peanuts to add texture and crunch. Lastly, I added a quarter cup of sugar-free caramel syrup and refrigerated overnight.

Be sure not to make the dessert too far ahead of time as the apples may get soggy.

Another version of healthy caramel apple salad involved swapping out the snickers for a homemade bar, but lets be honest I didn’t have time to make that from scratch.

Lite Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

Lexie Noelle Undem
Healthier Spin on a Midwest Potluck Favorite
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 212 kcal


  • 1 container Lite Cool Whip
  • 1 package Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Pudding
  • 32 oz Sliced Green Apples chopped
  • 3 cups milk fat free
  • 1/4 cup peanuts chopped
  • 8 bars Snack Size Snickers chopped into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 cup Sugar Free Caramel Syrup


  • Make pudding according to package instructions
  • Fold Cool Whip and Pudding together
  • Chop apples into bite sized pieces, add to Cool Whip mixture
  • Chop snack sized Snickers into 8 pieces, add to Cool Whip mixture
  • Chop peanuts, add to Cool Whip mixture
  • Add sugar free caramel syrup
  • Refrigerate Lite Snickers Caramel Apple Salad
  • Serve topped with caramel drizzle and chopped peanuts, if desired.


Calories: 212kcal
Keyword Easy Desserts, Easy Side Dish, Midwest Salad, Potluck, Potluck Salad
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