3-Ingredient Raw Vegan Date Caramel Sauce Recipe is a creamy, gooey sauce perfect for a vegan dessert topping! This dairy-free caramel sauce is a delicious, creamy, refined sugar-free sauce. Drizzle this creamy date sauce over sliced bananas, dairy-free ice cream, popcorn, sliced apples, and so many other desserts!
What do do with dates?
Use dates to make your favorite desserts refined-sugar free! Because dates are naturally sweet and have a natural “caramel” flavor, they make great additions to many of your favorite desserts, like these Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites!
How to Make Caramel Date Sauce
It’s easy to make this creamy caramel date sauce recipe. You’ll need these three ingredients:
- Medjool Dates
- Nut butter of your choice (I used peanut butter)
You don’t even have to use peanut butter in this recipe, but I like the extra dash of flavor that it adds.
Simply combine these ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth!
Use these tips and tricks to make this vegan caramel date sauce made with pureed dates perfect every time:
- When blending dates, be sure to use soft dates. If your dates have firmed up from being stored too long or being refrigerated, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes first or microwave them for a few seconds (be sure and use that sweet date water in some other recipe like a smoothie)
- Add more water to the caramel paste if necessary to get the desired thickness and spreadability of your sauce. If you want to use this as a dip for apple slices, a thicker sauce is preferred. If you want to drizzle this over vegan ice cream, a thinner sauce might be best.
- You can use almond butter, peanut butter, or even a seed butter to add even more caramel flavor, however, this is an optional ingredient as the date puree tastes great too!
- You can change up the flavors in this Vegan Date Recipe by adding some chopped chocolate chips.
Why do Dates taste like caramel?
Dates are dried fruit and when you bite into one, you’ll notice a sticky, sweet flesh and a distinct caramel flavor. The wrinkled skin might cause you to think that the dates are dried, like a raisin, but that is simply the texture of the fruit’s skin. Therefore, the caramel flavor is simply the flavor of the natural fruit shining through.
Non-Dairy Healthy Caramel Sauce
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that all caramel sauce must be dairy-based. In fact, there are plenty of ways to make a non-dairy caramel sauce. For example, I use plant-based milk in my Vegan Caramel Dessert Bars. It works!
This recipe uses medjool dates, which have a sort of caramel flavor in and of themselves. You can simply combine dates with water or add a little bit of peanut butter to create even more caramel flavor.
Are Dates Healthy?
Dates are a healthy alternative to refined sugars found in a more standard caramel sauces. For example dates boast the following nutritional benefits:
- Protein (yes, even dates have some protein!)
- …and more!
I love this post by Dr. Gregor at Nutrition Facts about the health benefits of dates. He quotes a study that shows that even though dates are high in sugar (they’re 80% sugar), that dates may be an “ideal food” providing los of nutritional phytonutrients with important health benefits.
Easy Dates Recipes
I love experimenting using dates in place of refined sugar in my recipes. For example, here are some of my favorites:
- Sesame Date Balls — They’re like little energy bites, full of nutritious goodness in every bite
- Vegan Stuffed Dates
- Chocolate Chip Pudding (using dates) — perfect for a light weeknight dessert.
Why You’ll Love Vegan Date Caramel
This is basically a raw caramel date sauce. If your dates are firm, you may need to heat them up a bit to make them soft and tender. But otherwise, all you need is a food processor to make this recipe work.
Also, this recipe is versatile. You can make it thicker and it’s almost like fudge. I like a nice, thick caramel sauce as you can see from the photos. You can add more water to make a thinner sauce. That can be nice served over ice cream, or even as the topping for a slice of cake!
Healthy Naturally Sweetened Desserts
Do you love naturally sweetened desserts? Check out my Healthy Fruit Crisp recipe! It has a granola-type crust that’s so delicious! There’s also this simple Vegan Banana Ice Cream made with minimal, all-natural ingredients!
You can drizzle some of this caramel sauce over the top. Perfection!
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Vegan Date Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup Medjool dates pitted
- ½ cup water + additional
- 1 – 2 tablespoons peanut butter optional
- Place pitted dates and water in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and set aside.
- Dates should be soft at this point. Place them in a food processor with the water, add 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optionaand pulse until smooth. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time until a desired consistency is reached.
- Take a taste. If you’d like more peanut butter flavor, add another tablespoon here and pulse to combine.
- Place in a lidded container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
- Serve over vegan ice cream, oatmeal, bananas, you name it!
If you’re into caramel sauce desserts, then you’ll love these:
- Salty Chocolate Date Caramels by Heartbeet Kitchen
- Salted Raw Caramel Dip by Detoxinista
- Also, check out Cinnamon Poke Cake with Caramel Sauce
Whatever vegan caramel sauce you’re drooling over, enjoy!