Ready for an easy and sweet vegan treat that comes together in just a few minutes? Meet our sugar-free date caramel sauce!
Created with 100% whole food plant-based ingredients, this addictive and versatile vegan condiment is perfect for pouring, dipping or enjoying by the spoonful!
Sticky Medjool dates combined with creamy nut butter are the main ingredients that make any healthy vegan treat not only taste fantastic but also boost its nutrient content!
Let’s skip the refined sugar and oil; this vegan date caramel sauce allows you to indulge while still making for a nutritious snack.
Only a handful of accessible plant-based staple foods are needed along with a food processor or medium-quality blender — no cooking on the stove and having to make sure your caramel sauce doesn’t burn!
As you might know, we’re all about making delicious treats as easy and healthy as possible. Because preparing food for yourself shouldn’t require chef-like skills!
No matter if you want to add a fat pinch of salt or a drizzle of chocolate to this date caramel, there are so many ways to enjoy this raw vegan sauce or dip.
Find some customization options, our favorite uses for this caramel sauce and some facts about why our recipe is better than traditional caramel sauces below.
Is Caramel Vegan-Friendly?
Traditionally, caramel is made with dairy products such as butter and heavy cream. Together with copious amounts of refined sugar, caramel sauce is a rich treat pretty much devoid of any essential nutrients.
There are a couple of vegan caramel sauces on the internet that show you how to cook your own caramel at home on the stove using vegan replacements for butter or dairy-based cream — however, there’s a much easier and more simple way to make your own date caramel in less than 5 minutes!
The Best Vegan Date Caramel Sauce
No matter if you want to create a thicker salted caramel dip or a sweet and creamy date caramel sauce, by simply adjusting the components of this easy recipe, you can use this delicious and healthy treat in so many ways!
Thanks to the dates, this vegan caramel sauce is high in fiber, potassium, copper, manganese and even offers some iron. No wonder they are on our top 25 vegan staple foods list!
When you opt for almond butter and milk to add some velvety nutritious goodness to this dip, you automatically increase the vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin K and calcium intake — now that’s how you create a dessert that loves you back!
This sugar-free vegan caramel sauce is one of our favorite pick-me-ups and energy boosters — plus, it’s totally kid-friendly.
How to Make Vegan Caramel Sauce
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this vegan caramel sauce! Instead of heating sugar and butter on the stove before adding a whole bunch of heavy cream and making sure it doesn’t separate or clump, let’s make a much healthier and easier version in half the time.
All you need is a food processor or blender to which you’ll add your dates and almond milk. After just a couple pulses, a somewhat smooth paste will form.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you can still successfully create this sugar-free vegan caramel sauce if you soak your dried dates for at least half an hour before making this recipe.
In the second step, simply add the other 2 or 3 ingredients (depending on your choice of flavor) and blend again to obtain a smooth, creamy and velvety date caramel sauce!
Date Caramel Ingredients
- Dates — try to choose the Medjool variety if you can for the perfect caramel flavor! It’s our preferred natural sweetener.
- Almond Butter — this adds a bunch of essential nutrients along with a silky, luscious touch!
- Almond Milk — helping the ingredients to stick together; use more for a runny caramel sauce and less for a creamy dip.
- Vanilla — every good caramel sauce needs some of this versatile spice! You could also add a pinch of cinnamon.
- Salt — this is optional but it can bring out the flavor a bit, and if you go for a huge pinch, you’ll create a salted caramel sauce!
As you can see, the ingredients for this date caramel are really straightforward and simple, but if you’re looking to play around with them a little bit, here are our adjustment ideas.
Vegan Caramel Sauce Adjustments
Our recipe calls for almond butter to add a creamy texture along with some delicious healthy fats to the date caramel. However, you can use cashew butter or any nut or seed butter of your choice to make this recipe!
Similarly, the almond milk we use to help all of the ingredients come together can be swapped for another plant-based milk of your choice. For a richer version, coconut milk works well, and for a bit more plant-based protein, you can choose soy milk.
If you’re looking for a low-fat and lower-calorie vegan caramel sauce, you can even completely omit any overt fat sources like nuts and seeds and simply combine Medjool dates, vanilla and plant-based milk!
How to Store Vegan Date Caramel
Satisfy your vegan sweet tooth by having a batch of healthy caramel sauce stored in the fridge for the upcoming week!
Once you’ve blended the 5 basic ingredients, you can transfer the caramel sauce into an airtight container which you can keep in the fridge for up to 5-7 days — honestly, it has never lasted that long in our household, but my research skills tell me that this is theoretically possible.
Fair warning: this dreamy caramel sauce is too finger-licking good to hold yourself back for this long!
How to Use Date Caramel Sauce
Apart from enjoying this healthy date caramel by the spoonful (no judging), here are some ideas for what you can create with it!
We sometimes like to warm this easy vegan caramel sauce in the microwave for a hot-sauce-on-cold-ice experience!
More Sweet & Healthy Vegan Treats
No need to load up on saturated fat, cholesterol and a bunch of white sugar when enjoying sweet treats! Our blog offers many healthy and easy to make plant-based desserts for you to try next.
Have you made our sugar-free caramel sauce? What did you serve it with, and did you like it? Let us know in the comments below, rate the recipe and Pin it here. You can also tag us on Instagram — we’d love to see your creations!
- ⅓ cup almond butter (60 g)
- 1 cup dry dates, pitted (120 g)
- 4 tbsp almond milk (60 ml)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- If you don’t have a good-quality blender, soak your dry dates for at least half an hour in warm water and drain them before making your vegan date caramel.
- Put the pitted dates together with the almond milk in a blender jar and blend until a loose paste forms.
- Add the almond butter, vanilla extract and salt, then blend or pulse until you achieve a smooth consistency without any chunks left. Stop and scrape down sides as necessary.
- Adjust with any components to create your desired texture and taste.
- Serve immediately and store any leftovers in an airtight jar or container for up to a week.
- We highly recommend using Medjool dates for this vegan caramel sauce but if you cannot get a hold of them, simply use another variety.
- If your dates are pretty dry, make sure to soak and drain them first to create a very smooth result.
- You can use any nut butter and plant-based milk for this recipe depending on your nutritional needs and taste preferences.
- Serve with fresh fruit, over plant-based ice cream, crêpes, waffles or use it for baking.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!