Date Caramel Sauce

Meet your new favorite dip.

date caramel sauce with sliced apples, pretzels and sliced bread

CJ Younger

Total Time:
15 mins
1 cup

Our date caramel sauce takes just 15 minutes and calls for four inexpensive ingredients. It's a versatile recipe that can be used as a spread, a dip, a topping, and can be made without coconut with just a few tweaks. It's subtly sweet flavor complements most crackers, veggies, and fruits, but the real magic of this sauce is the way it enhances the foods it's paired with without overwhelming their natural flavor. It's a great alternative to dairy-based caramel sauces and can be used in the same way.

The key to achieving the perfect caramel-like consistency is soaking the pitted medjool first in boiling water. This softens the outer skins and helps them completely blend. We recommend soaking them for 10 minutes but if your dates are firm and dried out, you could soak them for longer. Once they're soaked, blend them with coconut milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk), vanilla extract, and salt. Don't skip the salt! It helps balance the sweet flavors.

Pair this date caramel recipe with apples or pretzels for a tasty afternoon snack or try spreading it on a piece of toast or oatmeal for breakfast. Level it up by adding it to a charcuterie board adorned with layers of meat, cheeses, crackers, veggies, and fruits. It's great paired with crisp apples, Parmesan cheese, and crackers.


  • 12 pitted medjool dates (6 oz.)

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

  • tsp. salt


  1. In a small bowl, cover the pitted medjool dates with boiling water; let stand for 10 minutes until softened.

    Test Kitchen Tip: You can use whole medjool dates for this recipe. Just be sure to remove the pits before soaking.

  2. Strain off the liquid.

  3. In a blender, add the dates, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt.

  4. Cover and blend until the homemade date caramel is smooth. Store any leftover date caramel in a covered container in the fridge for up to one week.

Date Caramel Spread Variation

To turn the date caramel recipe into a spread, start with ¾ cup of coconut milk. If it is too thick, continue to add coconut milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Store the date spread in the fridge for up to one week in a covered container. Label the container to ensure you consume it within one week. Try using the spread on toast, drizzle it on cake, or eat it over ice cream.

Test Kitchen Tip: To create a coconut-free date caramel, omit the coconut milk. Cover the pitted dates with 1½ cups of boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes. Add the dates to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Cover and blend until the sauce is smooth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
6g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 115.3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.1g 8%
Saturated Fat 5.3g 27%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 35.6mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 16.8g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 5%
Total Sugars 14.2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 0.3mg 1%
Calcium 18.7mg 1%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 210.5mg 4%
Fatty acids, total trans 0g
Vitamin D 0IU
Alanine 0g
Arginine 0.1g
Ash 0.7g
Aspartic acid 0.1g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 4.5mg
Copper, Cu 0.1mg
Cystine 0g
Energy 482.7kJ
Fluoride, F 0mcg
Folate, total 7.1mcg
Glutamic acid 0.2g
Glycine 0g
Histidine 0g
Isoleucine 0g
Leucine 0.1g
Lysine 0g
Methionine 0g
Magnesium, Mg 24.5mg
Manganese, Mn 0.3mg
Niacin 0.5mg
Phosphorus, P 40.3mg
Pantothenic acid 0.2mg
Phenylalanine 0g
Phytosterols 0mg
Proline 0g
Retinol 0mcg
Selenium, Se 0mcg
Serine 0g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0mg
Tryptophan 0g
Tyrosine 0g
Valine 0g
Vitamin A, IU 31.7IU
Vitamin A, RAE 1.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.6mcg
Water 25.3g
Zinc, Zn 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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