In this article, I’ll show you how to make date caramel. It’s a delicious and simple recipe that only requires four simple ingredients! It’s perfect as both a topping or a dip with apple slices.
The delicate sweetness of this date caramel sauce is perfect for those who love sugary treats but want something healthy too. Medjool dates provide a rich flavor that isn’t overwhelming, and they’re also packed with potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron, and vitamin K.
Reasons why you’ll love this healthy caramel sauce recipe:
- No refined sugar
- Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, nut-free
- Super quick to make (no more than 5 minutes)
You’re going to need some ingredients for our vegan caramel sauce, and we have them right here!
Ingredients for Date caramel sauce
- 1 cup of large pitted sticky Medjool dates (12-15 dates)
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk (you also use almond milk)
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 1 pinch of sea salt (optional but you will definitely notice the difference)
Date Caramel Sauce Recipe
Add pitted dates to a food processor and pulse on low until they are broken up into small bits.
Then gradually add the coconut or almond milk, and maple syrup and blend until the texture is smooth and creamy.
You will need to periodically scrape down the sides of the food processor and encourage it.
Add a pinch of salt to taste if needed. Pour your homemade date caramel sauce into a sterilized air-tight container and enjoy it as a guilt-free sweetener with your favorite dishes.
It’s all about quality dates!
The key to a smooth vegan date caramel sauce is to use fresh, moist dates. If you use dry or hard ones they won’t blend as well and will require soaking in warm water for about 10 minutes before blending so that you can get that creamy caramel-like consistency. I would definitely recommend using Medjool date. The fresher and stickier your dates are the better!
How to serve date caramel sauce
Date caramel is one of those indulgent desserts that you can enjoy on its own, but it’s also great as the topping for waffles or brownies. I love using this delicious vegan caramel sauce with fruit like apple slices or spread on a pretzel to make an unbeatable breakfast pastry!
It can also be used as a delicious natural sweetener for smoothies, milkshakes, or oatmeal dishes.
How to store date caramel sauce
You can store your date caramel sauce in a sterilized air-tight container, in the fridge for between 1-2 weeks.
Equipment for Date caramel sauce
The equipment you use can make all the difference when it comes to making date caramel sauce. In my experience, I found that a food processor is best for getting an ultra-creamy caramel-like texture with no lumps or bumps, while blenders like the Vitamix will get things moving but may require more time and effort and a bit of added water to get the texture right.