4-Ingredient Date Caramel Sauce

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A quick and easy recipe for 4-ingredient date caramel sauce made from Medjool dates. Perfect as a dip or topping for healthy treats.

We all know I love Medjool dates. You can eat them plain or stuffed with nut butter as a snack but I also love to use them in both sweet and savory recipes.

A small glass jar overflowing with date caramel sauce.

The Perfect Healthy Dip for Apples

This date caramel is sweet and delicious. It definitely still has sugar, but I love that the dates are able to provide the rich sweet caramel flavor along with fiber and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Medjool dates are a great source of potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron and vitamin K.

A hand holding up a slice of apple that was dipped into the date caramel sauce.

4 Ingredient Real Food Caramel

It’s too good to resist. And I love that it’s made with real food, simple ingredients. Added bonus, there’s no heavy cream or butter involved so this caramel is dairy-free and vegan. Boom!

  • medjool dates – make sure you get Medjool dates, which are a fresh fruit, not dried! You’ll find them in the produce section of your grocery store. Your dates should be soft, not hard. If they are dry or hard, you can soak them in water for about 30 minutes, drain and then use them in the recipe.
  • sea salt – just a touch, to bring the flavors together!
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • unsweetened almond milk – you can use store-bought or make your own almond milk.
A hand holding an apple slice, about to dip into a glass jar of date caramel sauce.

Ways to Use This Date Caramel

4-Ingredient Date Caramel

4 from 128 votes
A quick and easy recipe for 4-ingredient date caramel sauce made from Medjool dates. Perfect as a dip or topping for healthy treats.
A hand dipping an apple into date caramel in a small jar.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients (starting with ¾ cup almond milk) into a high powered blender or food processor and blend until mixture is smooth and there are no date chunks detectable.
  • Add more almond milk, 1-2 Tablespoons at a time, if needed to help the blending process or to thin the caramel.
  • Use immediately or store in the fridge for later.

Notes

  • Recipe works best fresh, soft medjool dates. If dates are dry or hard, you can soak them in water for about 30 minutes, drain and then use them in the recipe.
  • If you’re using the smaller deglet noor dates, you’ll need to use more! This is something you can play around with to get the caramel sauce thickness you’re looking for.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons Calories: 137kcal Carbohydrates: 36g Protein: 1g Sodium: 148mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 32g
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan date caramel

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    124 comments
    1. Olivia
      December 4, 2022 AT 9:55 am

      Hi! I am making your 4-ingredient date caramel sauce for Christmas as a gift. How long is it good for in the fridge? Does it freeze well also?

      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 5, 2022 AT 3:28 pm

        Hi Olivia – This will last about a week in the fridge. I have never tried freezing this recipe, but I imagine it would freeze just fine. Enjoy!

    2. Angela Sparrow
      November 15, 2022 AT 6:45 pm

      5 stars
      This is so delicious. Where has this been been my whole life. I can’t wait to put this in my coffee tomorrow!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2022 AT 12:18 pm

        YUM! Loving the idea to add this to your coffee, sounds delicious. I am glad that you are loving this recipe. Thank you so much for your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!

    3. Daniel Mis
      November 7, 2022 AT 2:17 pm

      Everything is perfect about the colour, how did you get such a dark caramel colour ???
      I added normal milk and it is very light caramel colour not like yours.. and definetly not so glossy.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 9, 2022 AT 6:24 pm

        Hi Daniel – Did you change anything about the recipe other than the milk?

    4. Becky
      November 5, 2022 AT 5:30 am

      5 stars
      This turned out amazing. I used halawy dates instead of medjool. They have a caramel-esque flavor already and they’re super soft. Since they are smaller I had to use 30 of them. I switched out the almond milk (I’m allergic) for walnut milk. Put it in the Nutri Bullet which worked great. We dipped apples in it and my mom just started smearing it on graham crackers. We’re going to try it in coffee tomorrow.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 7, 2022 AT 1:06 pm

        WOO! This sounds delicious, I am so happy you are loving this recipe, Becky. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

    5. Sarah
      October 10, 2022 AT 6:36 am

      5 stars
      Perfection! Used as a raw vegan cheesecake topping.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 10, 2022 AT 8:24 pm

        YUM! That sounds delicious, Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it.

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