Thick, luscious, creamy & sweet Date Caramel. No cooking is involved & it can be ready in minutes. It’s refined sugar & gluten-free & you can customize the thickness to make it as thick & spreadable or as thin and sauce-like as you want!
Healthy caramel? Really? Who would have thought you could make caramel from dates?
Well you can. This Date Caramel is so rich, thick and luscious and it’s made from only four ingredients (plus salt). You could technically make it with just one ingredient (that would be dates), but I like to add a little extra richness to it in the form of some nut butter, coconut milk and vanilla. Salt is also kind of important. You wouldn’t think it, but it makes such a difference.
How to you make Date Caramel?
Making Date Caramel is incredibly easy. Just add dates plus the nut butter, vanilla and salt to a food processor or high powered blender. Then blend whilst adding coconut milk gradually until you get the texture you want.
It should be pretty easy for a high powered blender like a Blendtec. ( <<< affiliate link) or a Vitamix.
If you have a less powerful one that might struggle a bit, you can soak the dates in warm water for ten minutes first to make things easier . If you don’t have a blender, a food processor does a really good job too. I have this one ( <<< affiliate link) and it gets it really smooth in a few minutes:
How can you use Date Caramel?
You can use this Date Caramel in any way you would regular caramel. Try it:
- On pancakes or waffles
- Drizzled over oatmeal
- On toast
- With ice-cream
- Use as a dip for fruit like apple slices, banana or strawberries
- Over cakes
- Swirled into brownies
- Swirled through my Dessert Chocolate Hummus – Remember Rolos? That’s what it tastes like! 😋
- Spread in a banana sandwich – Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
This is why I am loving this Date Caramel:
- It’s really quick and easy to make
- It’s healthy
- There’s no refined sugar or gluten
- It’s so versatile
- The natural sweetness is perfect
- It’s incredibly smooth, creamy and rich
If you aren’t a fan of dates then why not give this 5 Minute Vegan Caramel Sauce a try instead? It’s rich and decadent but not quite as healthy!
Thick, luscious, creamy & sweet Date Caramel. No cooking is involved & it can be ready in minutes. It's refined sugar & gluten-free & you can customize the thickness to make it as thick & spreadable or as thin and sauce-like as you want!
- 175g / 1 packed cup Medjool dates , measured after pitting (about 10 dates). *
- 2 tablespoons nut butter or tahini **
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt , plus more to taste if you want a salted caramel effect
- around 8 tablespoons coconut milk , or as much/little as you need to get the thickness you want ***
Add the dates, nut butter, vanilla and salt to a blender or food processor. Blend until completely smooth, while gradually adding the coconut milk to get it to the thickness you want. The more you add the thinner the caramel will become.
Scrape the caramel from the bowl and into a jar.
*The dates need to be soft and sticky and not really dry and tough. If they are are pretty dried out, soak them in warm water for 10 - 15 minutes before draining and using. if you do not have a high powered blender I would recommend doing this even if your dates are quite soft as it will make things easier for your blender.
**Cashew or almond butter will give mild, buttery results. Tahini (my favourite for this) will make a stronger flavoured caramel. Whilst you can use peanut butter I don't think it works as well as the others in this recipe.
***I used light coconut milk. Full fat coconut milk will make a slightly richer caramel but will set up firmer if the caramel is stored in the fridge.
Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for around 7 days.
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