Apples are currently abundant around here, and I’m finding all the ways to enjoy them! One thing that we like to do is just cut them up and dip them in peanut butter or other dips. I had the most decadent caramel apple dipped in nuts and chocolate and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. So I made an easy version of caramel at home with dates that can be made in the blender so I can dip the apples in it. I also love topping sticky buns with it because it’s sweet, but doesn’t have any refined sugar.
This stuff is easy to make in a blender or food processor so it’s really great. Simpler than making regular caramel. It’s also kid-approved, which is great because I let my toddler have some and I’m not too worried about letting her have some.
What you’ll love about this blender vegan date caramel?
- It’s a great natural sweetener. No added sugar just dates. It’s a healthier yet equally delicious option.
- Super easy to make. You don’t need to boil sugar, just blend up dates and a few simple ingredients.
- It’s great for fruit dipping, topping sticky buns, or even use in baking.
How to make this easy vegan blender date caramel?
- Pit dates. If you are using dried dates soak them in warm water.
- Add dates, water, salt, and vanilla to a blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth. Add more water to get to the desired consistency.
- Use fresh or store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
Vegan Caramel Sticky Buns
4-Ingredient Healthy Cinnamon Rolls
Easy Blender Date Caramel
- 12 dates
- ¼ cup water
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- If dates are fresh, pit them. If they are pitted and dried, soak for 5-10 minutes in warm water.
- In a food processor or blender, combine the dates, 2 tbsp water, salt, and vanilla.
- Blend or process until liquid forms. It may be slightly lumpy if you used dried dates that aren't soaked really well, but it still tastes great!
- You may need to add more water to get it to desired consistency. Do this slowly so you don't end up watering it down.
- Eat fresh or store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
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Some really wonderful content on this website – this was a great topping to sticky buns.
What a great easy recipe! I used them for dipping sauce.
This goes great with sliced apples. Also have had it on caramel rolls.
I made this for my kiddo and I to enjoy with sliced apples and I’m so impressed!
I have medjool dates – will those be okay?
Yes they’ll be perfect actually. I have made with deglet noor but they are usually not as soft so they don’t blend up as smooth. Hope you enjoyed!
This worked great with medjool dates. We had a bunch to use and my kids enjoyed eating it with sliced apples.
I used this to top some sticky buns since we’re trying to cut back on added sugar and it worked great! Plus it’s less sticky.
Wow this was surprisingly good. Was a bit indifferent, but am pleasantly surprised!
I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. Really enjoyed and a great way to use up that bag of dates in my cupbaord! 🙂 Cheers!
I would have never thought to use dates like this! What a great idea, and such a delicious snack.
This is definitely on my list for Valentine’s day recipes. Thank you!
I could eat this all day.
Making this for Valentine’s day. Looks so good and I have everything to make it at home.
We made this for our early Valentine’s day dessert and it was delicious.
Made this for the kids I nanny for and they loved it with sliced apple. I think I’ll try pears next.
Tried this with sliced apples – see what all the positive comments are about. Thanks!
This was so good, can’t believe it’s made of dates!
I love dates and this is just another great use for them!