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White bowl of date caramel surrounded by apple slices
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5 from 3 votes

Date Caramel A Healthy Caramel Substitute

Do you like sweet things but are watching what you eat? Do you love caramel? Try out this easy date caramel. It is amazing how close to the real thing it tastes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Ingredient, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit, smooth, soft, sweet, vegan
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Food processor or high powered blender
  • Spatula
  • Knife


  • 2 cups of pitted dates roughly chopped (Deglet Noor, Medjool Barhi, etc.)(175g)
  • 2 Tbsp of coconut oil or use vegetable, olive, etc. (30ml)
  • 1/8 th tsp of salt less than 1 g
  • 3 Tbsp to 1/2 cup hot water or almond milk 45ml to 120ml, can even add more if needed


  • Soak the dates in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Or you can try skipping this and blending them whole.
  • Chop the dates up into small chunks. Or you can try skipping this and blending them whole.
  • Add the dates, half of the oil, and salt to a food processor or high powered blender and blend. Add hot water as necessary and the rest of the oil and keep blending to get the consistency that you want. You may also use almond milk.
  • You may need to scrape the inside of the bowl between blending. Add more water or almond milk to make it thinner.
  • Easy right? Now serve it with sliced apples, on top of ice cream, spread on toast, etc.



*Note: These ingredients don't have to be exact, you may need more oil, more or less water, etc. Or maybe you want to add a bit more salt. Depending on the consistency that you want.
Tip: Different dates are softer than others, so you may or may not need to chop them up or soak them in water before blending them.
List of nutritional facts for date caramel.