Date Caramel

10 minutes
30 minutes
6 to 8
Whip up a batch of heavenly date caramel in under 30 minutes with this easy recipe, ideal for making the most of those extra dates in your pantry. Featuring ONLY 3 ingredients, like Medjool dates and a hint of vanilla, it's a fantastic way to elevate your desserts or enjoy as a decadent dip. Quick to prepare and dare I say better than regular caramel, this date caramel will soon become a favorite go-to for all your sweet cravings.
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Date Caramel

Whip up a batch of heavenly date caramel in under 30 minutes with this easy recipe, ideal for making the most of those extra dates in your pantry. Featuring ONLY 3 ingredients, like Medjool dates and a hint of vanilla, it’s a fantastic way to elevate your desserts or enjoy as a decadent dip. Quick to prepare and dare I say better than regular caramel, this date caramel will soon become a favorite go-to for all your sweet cravings.

Preparing the Dates

The main ingredient you obivously need for date caramel is surprise, surprise, DATES! More specifically, Medjool Dates. There are so many different varieties of dates from deglet to ajwa and the list goes on and on. However, Medjool dates are the best to use in most desserts because they have the perfect consistency and texture to replicate caramel.

Begin by cutting the dates down across the middle and remove the pit from the center. Also cut them in half to check inside and make sure they’re clean as sometimes a bug can get in there. It never happened to me personally after years and years of eating dates my whole life but I’ve heard stories before. Once pitted, place the dates in a bowl and cover them with hot water, allowing them to soak for approximately 15-20 minutes until they soften to perfection. Drain the water out and now we can get to blending in the next step!

NOTE: This recipe uses milk/cream to blend into the caramel but you can also reserve the hot water after draining it from the dates and use that to thin out the caramel. I prefer the creamy taste of dairy more but if you want to make this completely vegan, use the water or almond/oat milk.

Blending into Caramel

With your softened dates at the ready, it’s time to transform them into a velvety smooth caramel sauce. Transfer the softened dates to a strong blender or food processor along with some milk or cream to thin it out. For an added depth of flavor, we are going to add a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Blend the mixture until it reaches a creamy consistency, adjusting the thickness with additional milk or water.

Storing the Caramel

Once your date caramel is ready, it’s essential to store any leftovers properly to preserve the freshness and flavor. Transfer the caramel to an airtight container and refrigerate, where it will keep for up to a week. If you decide not to use milk and just water, it can last a lot longer because dates have an incredibly long shelf life. Before each use, give the caramel a quick stir to ensure it remains smooth and luscious.

Variations to Try

The beauty of homemade date caramel lies in its versatility, offering endless opportunities for customization to suit your taste preferences so have fun with it! First off, you can infuse your caramel with a hint of warmth and spice like the addition of cinnamon or nutmeg. For a nutty twist, incorporate a dollop of creamy peanut butter or almond butter but a peanut butter flavored caramel. Turn it into a coconut date caramel by using coconut milk instead of regular milk or water. Add some vanilla beans for a more rich vanilla taste. If you are a chocolate lover, add a bit of cocoa powder a chocolate date spread!

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Date Caramel

Whip up a batch of heavenly date caramel in under 30 minutes with this easy recipe, ideal for making the most of those extra dates in your pantry. Featuring ONLY 3 ingredients, like Medjool dates and a hint of vanilla, it's a fantastic way to elevate your desserts or enjoy as a decadent dip. Quick to prepare and dare I say better than regular caramel, this date caramel will soon become a favorite go-to for all your sweet cravings.

Whip up a batch of heavenly date caramel in under 30 minutes with this easy recipe, ideal for making the most of those extra dates in your pantry. Featuring ONLY 3 ingredients, like Medjool dates and a hint of vanilla, it's a fantastic way to elevate your desserts or enjoy as a decadent dip. Quick to prepare and dare I say better than regular caramel, this date caramel will soon become a favorite go-to for all your sweet cravings.

10 minutes
30 minutes
6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 20 pitted Medjool dates
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup hot whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt, optional

Instructions

  1. Soak the Dates: Place the pitted dates in a bowl and cover them with hot water. Let them soak for about 15-20 minutes. This will soften them, making it easier to blend them into a smooth caramel.
  2. Drain the Dates: After soaking, drain the dates of the water.
  3. Blend: Transfer the soaked dates to a blender or food processor. Add the milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt if desired. Start blending on low speed and gradually increase to high. Blend until the dates form a smooth and creamy paste. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor a few times to ensure everything gets evenly blended.
  4. Adjust Consistency: If the caramel is too thick, add a little bit more milk or water, a tablespoon at a time, and continue blending until you reach your desired consistency. If you prefer a thinner caramel, add more liquid; if you prefer it thicker, use less liquid.
  5. Taste and Adjust: Once you've achieved the desired consistency, taste the caramel and adjust the sweetness and saltiness as needed. You can add more dates for sweetness or more salt for flavor balance.
  6. Serve or Store: Your date caramel is now ready to use! You can use it as a topping for desserts like ice cream, pancakes, or oatmeal, or as a dip for fruit slices. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
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