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Date caramel in a white bowl with a silver spoon stuck in the center


Medjool dates, non-dairy milk, and sea salt, that's all you'll need to make a creamy, vegan, healthy version of caramel.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: date caramel, vegan caramel
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Linda Meyer


  • 1 pound of medjool dates approximately 20 dates – remove pits and stems
  • 8 tablespoons* of non-dairy milk or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground sea salt


  • In a food processor or a high powered blender process the dates, milk or water, and sea salt until the dates are smooth and creamy.
  • You can use water in place of a non-dairy milk but it won’t be quiet as creamy and it won’t taste exactly the same as date caramel made with milk.
  • If your dates aren’t fresh (plump and squishy), soak them in warm water for an hour or two. When they feel soft and look hydrated drain and rinse them.
  • This recipe makes about on full cup of date caramel. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and it will keep for a week. Drizzle it over ice cream, put it in your morning smoothie, add it to your oatmeal, or spread it on toast. Let your imagination soar.
  • Enjoy!


The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only. This recipe makes approximately 1 cup of caramel.