Caramel Apple Panini – Healthier Snack

by Alli

Caramel Apple Panini is a sandwich made with cinnamon raisin bread, spread with a creamy Greek yogurt (or cream cheese) cinnamon mixture and crisp apple slices before toasting. The panini is drizzled with caramel before serving. Oh, my, I’m in heaven!

I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds so I’ve cut way back on some of the foods I love.  But sometimes I want something sweet without undoing all of my hard work. What’s a girl to do? That’s when I make a Caramel Apple Panini. 

My caramel apple panini has just the right amount of sweetness without causing me to crave more sweets. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. 

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.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy this sandwich (of course you can enjoy it all year long) because it’s apple season. I think I’ll make these again this coming weekend. 

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Ingredients for Caramel Apple Panini (complete printable recipe card down below)

  • Greek yogurt cream cheese (or 1/3 less fat regular cream cheese, softened)
  • Honey
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon-raisin bread
  • Granny Smith apple slices
  • Water
  • Individually wrapped caramels

Special Note: I use Thomas’ Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread when I make Caramel Apple Paninis. This bread has 80 calories a slice. Plus, it’s low fat and contains no high fructose corn syrup. 

Other Apples That Will Work When Making Caramel Apple Paninis 

Granny Smith Apples To Make Caramel Apple Panini

There are other crisp apples that will work well in this recipe. My favorites are Honeycrisp and Granny Smith. 

  • Honeycrisp 
  • Winesap
  • Pink Lady
  • Gala

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Panini

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Yield: 2 Sandwiches

Caramel Apple Panini

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Panini

Caramel Apple Panini is so delicious and filling.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Greek yogurt cream cheese (OR 1/3 less fat regular cream cheese, softened)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 slices cinnamon-raisin bread
  • 4 thin slices Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2 individually wrapped caramels

Instructions

  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 top with 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.

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This recipe was posted in 2015 and updated in September 2020. 

39 comments

Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom February 9, 2015 - 7:26 am

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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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:34 am

Yes, it would make a great breakfast.

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Shirley Wood February 9, 2015 - 7:38 am

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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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:34 am

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. 🙂

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AJ @ NutriFitMama February 9, 2015 - 7:51 am

mmmm..caramel apple anything is just.so.good. What a yummy breakfast treat!

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:33 am

I totally agree about caramel apple.

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Logan Can February 9, 2015 - 9:15 am

This looks so delicious! Seriously, I want this for breakfast. Like now. haha

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:32 am

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.

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Kimberly Bolden February 9, 2015 - 9:28 am

Alli,

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

Kim

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:31 am

Yes they are, Kim. 🙂

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Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) February 9, 2015 - 9:56 am

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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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:31 am

They are so good, Paris. Let me know what you think.

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Erin February 9, 2015 - 10:04 am

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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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:30 am

It’s a good after-school snack for kids, too.

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Louida February 9, 2015 - 10:58 am

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!

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:30 am

There’s always tomorrow, Louida, always tomorrow. 🙂

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Lauren Paints February 9, 2015 - 11:43 am

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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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:29 am

Thanks for pinning, Lauren!

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Brittany February 9, 2015 - 11:47 am

Umm. Yeah. So I’ll be making these.

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:29 am

You HAVE to make these, Brittany. So, so good. 🙂

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shabnamahsan February 9, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Hi Alli Rutherford Smith
Thanks for sharing with us this sweet but healthy recipe. Good for weight watchers.

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:29 am

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Glad to have you in our Home and Garden group.

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Kim February 9, 2015 - 2:42 pm

These look awesome. I’m thinking that with the apples they can count as breakfast, right?!

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:28 am

Of course it counts for breakfast. 🙂

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Kita February 9, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Caramel and Apple my two favorite things yassss. I must try these asap

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:27 am

Mine, too, Kita! I just imagine I’m eating a big slice of old fashioned caramel cake – my very favorite cake of all.

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Sonya February 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm

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.

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:27 am

I think it’s a new thing – at least to me. I was looking for cream cheese a few weeks ago and found it and had to give it a try.

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Anna @ NorthernHomestead February 9, 2015 - 7:41 pm

Good for you to stick to healthy eating! This looks yummy and simple, thank you for sharing!

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:26 am

It’s is simple, yet amazing.

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Sarah February 9, 2015 - 8:27 pm

This is such a creative idea, thanks so sharing.

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:25 am

You’re welcome, Sarah.

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication February 9, 2015 - 10:25 pm

Looks delish! I like the combination of flavors!

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Alli February 10, 2015 - 9:25 am

It IS so delish, Kristen. 😉

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Erlene February 10, 2015 - 5:05 pm

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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Roxanne February 13, 2015 - 4:01 pm

My husband will flip for these, thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

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Brittany February 14, 2015 - 6:14 pm

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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Pam March 9, 2015 - 2:13 pm

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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Alli March 10, 2015 - 6:16 am

Thanks for pinning, Pam. You are right! They are just the right amount of sweet.

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