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This Date Caramel is the perfect topping or dip for all of your favorite snacks and desserts. All you need is a high speed blender with just 3 healthy, natural ingredients. 

scooping date caramel with celery

Our classic vegan caramel sauce recipe is one of our favorites, but sometimes we’re in the mood for a healthy caramel sauce made with whole food plant-based ingredients. Thankfully, this refined-sugar free caramel can not only satisfy a sweet tooth, but tastes so much like the real thing! 

If interested in another healthy treat you might love this easy recipe: Vegan Mango Caramel. It’s sweetened with fresh mango and coconut sugar. 

ingredients for date caramel on white board

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Medjool dates: This sticky, gooey fruit is truly nature’s candy. It’s the perfect ingredient to use when making healthy vegan caramel because it is naturally very sweet and caramel-like. We recommend using Medjool dates instead of another type of dates such as Deglet Noor because Deglet Noor are not as sweet or reminiscent of caramel.
  • Almond milk: We always use our homemade almond milkbut you can also use any unsweetened dairy-free milk of choice. Creamy oat milk, soy milk, and lite coconut milk are all good choices. 
  • Vanilla: A dash of vanilla extract is optional, but it helps add depth of flavor and additional sweetness. You can also use vanilla paste, if you have it on hand. 
  • Salt: A small pinch of salt helps balance the sweet flavor and makes this caramel addicting.

Equipment Needed

scooping date caramel with a spoon

How to Make Date Caramel 

  1. Soak the dates. Place the pitted dates in a medium bowl and pour hot water over top until completely covered. Soak for about 10 minutes, or until the dates are softened. 
  1. Blend ingredients smooth. Add the drained, softened pits to a high-speed blender along with non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, and flaky sea salt. Blend on high until completely smooth, about 60 seconds. Taste and add extra salt or sweetness to taste. If you find your date caramel isn’t sweet enough, add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or date syrup to taste. 
  2. Serve. Serve the homemade date caramel room temperature or refrigerate until chilled and enjoy! 

Serving Suggestions

Date caramel is a delicious afternoon snack or healthy dessert. Use it as a traditional caramel dip for fruits like apple slices, blueberries, banana, blackberries, even celery sticks! 

Or, take it to the next level and use it in any recipe that you’d typically use regular caramel for. Try it drizzled on a scoop of ice cream or nice cream, vegan browniesvegan apple piemini chocolate cakevegan apple galette and filipino steamed rice cakes!

It’s also the perfect recipe to use in vegan holiday recipes like these Date-Sweetened Caramel Apples, these Vegan Snickers Bars, and these Homemade Take 5 Candy Bars.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover vegan date caramel sauce in a glass jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month. If your caramel becomes thick after refrigeration, add additional almond milk or lightly warm in the microwave until loosens up again. 

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this caramel in the food processor?

We have tested this easy date caramel recipe using a food processor, and it does work, but it is not nearly as smooth. If using a food processor, make sure your dates are as soft as possible so they will blend as smoothly as possible. 

What is the best way to store Medjool dates?

Medjool dates can be stored in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for several months. After refrigeration, they will become hard, but soaking them in hot water helps soften them up again.  

Can I replace the dates in this recipe with another fruit?

This vegan caramel recipe has only been tested with Medjool dates and we cannot recommend another fruit in it’s place. Sticky dates are very unique in texture and flavor and would be difficult to substitute in this recipe. 

Tips for Success

  • Remove the date pits. Date pits are incredibly hard and can damage your blender if accidentally left in the blender cup. Double-check that you have removed all of the pits before placing the dates.
  • Use unsweetened plant milk. Flavored milk will alter the flavor of your date caramel and make it less neutral in flavor. For best results, use plain milk or, at the very least, homemade milk lightly sweetened with dates so it won’t compete with the flavor profile.
close up of date caramel in a glass jar

More Date-Sweetened Recipes You May Enjoy:

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Date Caramel Recipe

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  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/4 Cup


This Date Caramel is the perfect topping or dip for all of your favorite snacks and desserts. All you need is a high speed blender with just 3 healthy, wholesome ingredients. 


  • 16 medjool dates, pitted*
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Soak the dates in hot water for around 10 minutes to soften.
  2. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!


  • We have tested this recipe with a food processor, and it will definitely work, but it may not be as smooth as a blender.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

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Hi, we’re Jasmine and Chris! We share fresh and fun recipes to show you that vegan cooking is easy, approachable and delicious. When we’re not blogging, you will probably find us enjoying live music, tending to our backyard garden or playing with our dogs Berry and Louie

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