Date Caramel Sauce Recipe

3-Ingredient 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!

For a more traditional recipe, try this vegan caramel sauce.

A couple of scoops of ice cream are drizzled with vegan date caramel sauce. More sauce is in the background.
This date caramel recipe is great served over vegan ice cream!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • The use of dates means there are no refined sugars, making this a very healthy caramel option
  • Adding peanut butter gives the caramel a creamy texture and consistency
  • Minimal ingredients mean you can make this quickly any time you’re ready for a sweet, healthy treat!

How to Make Raw Date Caramel Sauce

It’s easy to make this creamy caramel date sauce recipe. You’ll need these three ingredients:

  • Medjool Dates
  • Water
  • 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 and creaminess that it adds.

Date paste in a food processor with a spoon beside it.

Simply combine these ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth!

Marly’s Tips

  • 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.

Frequently-Asked Questions

What to 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!

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.

Are Dates Healthy?

Dates are a healthy alternative to refined sugars found in so many recipes like the standard caramel sauces. However, dates have many phytonutrients like fiber and more. For example, dates boast the following nutritional elements:
-Fiber
-Protein (yes, even dates have some protein!)
-Potassium
-Magnesium
-Copper
-Iron
…and more!
Even though dates are high in natural sugars (they’re 80% sugar), that dates may be an “ideal food” providing lots of nutritional phytonutrients.

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.

Easy Dates Recipes

I love experimenting with using dates in place of refined sugar in my recipes. For example, here are some of my favorites:

A close-up of sauce drizzled over ice cream.

Raw Date Caramel

This is 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 Medjool date caramel 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!

This is basically a date paste caramel infused! Who knew it could be so easy and delicious!

If you love simple, sweet recipes, try this Vegan Fudge. It’s made with minimal ingredients, but lots of flavor!

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!

Vegan date caramel sauce drizzled over ice cream.

I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Vegan Date Caramel that can be used as a sauce over ice cream or made thicker and served with chocolate.

Vegan Date Caramel Sauce

A Vegan Date Caramel that can be used as a sauce over ice cream or made thicker and served with chocolate.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Medjool dates pitted
  • ½ cup water + additional
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons peanut butter optional

Instructions

  • 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!

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Date Caramel Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Potassium 255mg7%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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6 Responses to Date Caramel Sauce Recipe

    • Hi Teri, good question. I have never tried freezing this recipe myself, but I would definitely try it. I don’t see any reason it wouldn’t hold up. Just stir it up once it comes to room temperature (or warmer).

  1. I make a vegan caramel sauce very similar to this one. It freezes beautifully and lasts for quite awhile. The best part is that it doesn’t get hard so you can scoop out what you want and it is ready to use very quickly.

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