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.

four ingredient easy vegan date caramel

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.  

blender vegan caramel

What you’ll love about this blender vegan date caramel?

  1. It’s a great natural sweetener. No added sugar just dates. It’s a healthier yet equally delicious option.
  2. Super easy to make. You don’t need to boil sugar, just blend up dates and a few simple ingredients. 
  3. It’s great for fruit dipping, topping sticky buns, or even use in baking. 
vegan date caramel

How to make this easy vegan blender date caramel?

  1. Pit dates. If you are using dried dates soak them in warm water. 
  2. Add dates, water, salt, and vanilla to a blender or food processor
  3. Blend until smooth. Add more water to get to the desired consistency.
  4. Use fresh or store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

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vegan date caramel

Easy Blender Date Caramel

A delicious and easy vegan caramel made with just a few simple ingredients. This makes great fruit dip, topping for sticky buns, or any other use for caramel.
5 from 36 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert, Ingredient
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 40 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 dates
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

You can add more or less liquid to get this to the desired consistency but do it slowly so you don’t end up watering it down.

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword blender date caramel, date caramel, vegan caramel roll, vegan date caramel
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20 Comments

  1. Robin December 9, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    5 stars

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  2. Kacey January 17, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    5 stars
    Some really wonderful content on this website – this was a great topping to sticky buns.

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  3. Joshua January 17, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    5 stars
    What a great easy recipe! I used them for dipping sauce.

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  4. Julie January 18, 2021 at 7:10 am

    5 stars
    This goes great with sliced apples. Also have had it on caramel rolls.

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  5. Jean January 21, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    5 stars
    I made this for my kiddo and I to enjoy with sliced apples and I’m so impressed!

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  6. Anne January 24, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    I have medjool dates – will those be okay?

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    1. cassclay January 25, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      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!

      Reply
  7. Libby January 29, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    5 stars
    This worked great with medjool dates. We had a bunch to use and my kids enjoyed eating it with sliced apples.

    Reply
  8. Cheryl January 30, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    5 stars
    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.

    Reply
  9. Andra February 3, 2021 at 11:49 am

    5 stars
    Wow this was surprisingly good. Was a bit indifferent, but am pleasantly surprised!

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  10. Jacklyn February 4, 2021 at 11:55 am

    5 stars
    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!

    Reply
  11. Danny February 7, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    5 stars
    I would have never thought to use dates like this! What a great idea, and such a delicious snack.

    Reply
  12. Dottie February 9, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    5 stars
    This is definitely on my list for Valentine’s day recipes. Thank you!

    Reply
  13. Audra February 12, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    5 stars
    I could eat this all day.

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  14. Samantha February 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    5 stars
    Making this for Valentine’s day. Looks so good and I have everything to make it at home.

    Reply
  15. Norri February 13, 2021 at 9:14 am

    5 stars
    We made this for our early Valentine’s day dessert and it was delicious.

    Reply
  16. Addy February 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for the kids I nanny for and they loved it with sliced apple. I think I’ll try pears next.

    Reply
  17. Blake February 14, 2021 at 10:38 am

    5 stars
    Tried this with sliced apples – see what all the positive comments are about. Thanks!

    Reply
  18. Sydney February 17, 2021 at 8:48 am

    5 stars
    This was so good, can’t believe it’s made of dates!

    Reply
  19. Barnett February 17, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    5 stars
    I love dates and this is just another great use for them!

    Reply

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