Caramel Apple Panini

How are you doing on your quest to eat a healthier diet?  I’m actually doing pretty good, thank you.  But sometimes I want something sweet without undoing all of my hard work.  What’s a girl to do?

My caramel apple panini is under 200 calories and adds just the right amount of sweetness without causing me to crave more sweets.  It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or a snack.

I’ve always loved cinnamon-raisin bread.  When you add the creamy Greek yogurt cream cheese and the crisp, tart Granny Smith apples, you’ve created a masterpiece.  Of course, the pièce de résistance is the caramel drizzle.

Cinnamon Apple Panini


Cinnamon Raisin Apple Panini

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Caramel Apple Panini
Serves: 2 Sandwiches
  • 2 oz. Greek yogurt cream cheese (or ⅓ less fat regular cream cheese, softened)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 slices cinnamon-raisin bread
  • 4 thin slices Granny Smith apples
  • Caramel Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • 2 individually wrapped caramels
  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients and stir until smooth.
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt mixture over 1 side of each slice of bread.
  3. Top 2 slices of bread with 2 slices of Granny Smith apples and remaining 2 bread slices.
  4. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Lightly coat with cooking spray.
  5. Add sandwiches to pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Cut each sandwich into triangles.
  7. Mix caramel and water in a small bowl and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds, stirring after 15 seconds until melted. Stir and drizzle on sandwiches.

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Panini

About Alli

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  1. This is absolutely insane! I think it would make a great breakfast actually–the caramel is just like maple syrup on pancakes right?! Wonderful idea!
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  2. I love ALL the ingredients in your yummy recipe and wish I had one of these for breakfast this morning.
    I haven’t bought cinnamon raisin bread in forever but love it! Pinning so I can make these for breakfast soon.
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    • I’m a cinnamon, apple, caramel, raisin lover, so this makes the perfect breakfast, snack or lunch for me. Wish I had one right this minute. Too bad I’ve already had grits for breakfast, which was tasty, too. 🙂

  3. mmmm..caramel apple anything is What a yummy breakfast treat!
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  4. This looks so delicious! Seriously, I want this for breakfast. Like now. haha
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    • When I’m visiting other blogs early in the morning and they have food related posts, I can see myself eating whatever they have posted for breakfast, even when it’s meant for dinner.

  5. Alli,

    The panini’s look amazing and are a perfect balance between sweet and savory.


  6. OMG, this sounds so amazing! What a perfect snack! I need to go buy some cinnamon-raisin bread because I have to make these!
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  7. oh wow! This looks amazing and not to mention pretty easy too!!!!! I can see our household loving these, thanks for the share and I’ll be pinning it as well!!
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  8. I haven’t been doing really well with my diet lately. *Bows head in shame* I would love to try out those caramel apple panini! Pinning!

  9. Oh my goodness, this looks so absolutely delicious! I will be making these in the near future – pinning now so I don’t forget the recipe! 🙂
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  10. Umm. Yeah. So I’ll be making these.
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  11. Hi Alli Rutherford Smith
    Thanks for sharing with us this sweet but healthy recipe. Good for weight watchers.
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  12. These look awesome. I’m thinking that with the apples they can count as breakfast, right?!
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  13. Caramel and Apple my two favorite things yassss. I must try these asap

  14. This looks yummy. I didn’t even know they sold Greek yogurt cream cheese. I took a break from eating dairy so I haven’t bought cream cheese in a while. But this sandwhich sounds like a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

  15. Good for you to stick to healthy eating! This looks yummy and simple, thank you for sharing!
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  16. This is such a creative idea, thanks so sharing.
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  17. Looks delish! I like the combination of flavors!
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  18. Yum! This sounds like a great treat. I love that I don’t have to spend a ton of time in the kitchen to make this too! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.
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  19. My husband will flip for these, thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

  20. Oh man, these look amazing! It would be easier to stick to a healthy eating plan with yummy recipes like this. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – please join us next week!
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  21. Oh! These look amazing, and just the right amount of sweet. I found a really good gluten free cinnamon bread I like, so I will definitely make these. Pinning!
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