4-Ingredient Date Caramel Sauce


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 71 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



  • 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.


  • 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.


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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    1. Mark
      October 13, 2021 AT 10:00 pm

      5 stars
      It was absolutely amazing. I wold defintly make this again. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2021 AT 11:57 am

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed this caramel sauce. Thanks for the review, Mark!

    2. Michelle
      October 5, 2021 AT 2:16 pm

      How long will this last in the refrigerator? Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 6, 2021 AT 12:34 am

        It should last about a week in the fridge!

    3. Rose
      September 1, 2021 AT 8:25 pm

      5 stars
      I made this tonight and it’s going to be a new staple in our house!! It was absolutely delicious!! My fiancé and I dipped apples in it and I think I am going to swirl it into some paleo brownies this weekend. Thanks so much for this amazing recipe!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 2, 2021 AT 10:53 am

        Ah yay! So pumped you all enjoyed this date caramel sauce! Thanks so much for the review, Rose. I really appreciate it!

    4. Jenny
      August 18, 2021 AT 2:31 pm

      5 stars
      I made this today to go over the baked apples I made yesterday- wow!! So delicious!! It filled up a lot of my mason jar also. I used Oatmilk and it turned out great! I wonder if I can use this in my coffee for some caramel flavor?! Might try that tomorrow! Thank you!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 18, 2021 AT 8:00 pm

        Totally! I bet that’d be delicious. So glad you loved this recipe. Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    5. LaTrice Mays
      July 7, 2021 AT 12:41 pm

      Hi Brittany,
      I am so excited to try this! I see dates in stores all the time. Is is ok to use any brand? Sunsweet is one brand I see at Wal-marts, also Dole. I prefer when I can to buy mine when I can from the our wholefood store the organic medjool dates, but glad to know they don’t have to be purchased organic

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 7, 2021 AT 9:43 pm

        Yes, any brand will work!

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