Whenever I think of fall, I remember apple cider, fresh-picked apples, and the colors of the season in Michigan. Since moving to Arizona, I still enjoy the fall, but cider mills are non-existent. In order to bring fall to Arizona, I made a vegan caramel sauce. My date caramel sauce isn’t only great for dipping apples, but it can be made thinner as an ice cream sauce. Or, if you are anything like me, you can dip just about anything in this vegan caramel recipe.
As many of you know, I’m not much of a dessert fan. In fact, my blog clearly illustrates my lack of a sweet tooth. But, I love savory-sweet foods. And, I love vegan caramel sauce!
Although dates are a natural source of fructose, they are high in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. In fact, dates are the perfect natural sweetener to replace sugar. Many of you may know, date syrup is simply made with dates and water blended. Therefore, dates make the perfect healthy caramel sauce.
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE WITH VERY FEW INGREDIENTS
- Medjool Dates
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Vanilla Extract
- Oat Milk (or plant-milk of choice)
- Pink Salt
HOW TO SOFTEN DATES FOR VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE
One trick for softening dates before blending the vegan caramel sauce is to first soak the dates in hot water. Even though this step is unnecessary if you use fresh dates, it also helps if you don’t have a quality high-speed blender. Once drained, the dates are softer, and the pits are easier to remove, which is also necessary before blending. Of course, buying pitted dates is best, but sometimes, pitted dates are more expensive, and removing the pits takes seconds.
HOT…COLD…A DIP, OR A SAUCE…VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE DOES IT ALL
When the vegan caramel sauce is blended, it is ready to serve immediately, or it can be placed in the refrigerator and serve it cold. On the other hand, it can be heated in a saucepan and use as a hot dip. In addition, date caramel sauce can be thinned out by adding additional plant-milk and used as a caramel sauce for vegan ice cream or on top of black bean brownies.
Another one of my favorite things to dip into date caramel dip is pretzels!
OTHER IDEAS FOR DIPPING
- Frozen bananas
- Vegan Marshmallows
- Graham Crackers
- Dried Fruit
So, if you love to dip, skinny dip with some vegan caramel dip.
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