I LOVE this caramel! Not only is it packed with nutrients and fiber, but it is a whole-food sweetener – no refinement, just natural sweetness. This recipe is so easy to make! All you need is a food processor, dates and some hot water and you’re good to go! I love to use this caramel in sweet recipes, savory recipes (to add in a bit of sweetness where needed), place a dollop on my hot cereal, mix this into muffins, spread it on toast, pancakes, waffles…you get the idea! Get creative with date caramel and enjoy the creamy texture and fabulous sweetness! Check out my favorite date paste recipe too!
40 Medjool dates
1/2 cup hot water
pinch of sea salt, optional
It’s very important to buy really sticky dates for this recipe. If you buy dates that are dry, you can soak them for a few hours or overnight to soften them, but I find that getting really moist dates makes for the best date caramel. Remove pits from dates. Place dates in the bowl of a food processor. Attach lid and pulse the dates until they start to break down. Once they start to break down, press start and slowly add the hot water into the liquid chute. The dates will break down further and become creamy. I ran my food processor for about 3 minutes to achieve a nice, thick, creamy texture. You can use this caramel right away or store it in a container in the refrigerator for about a week. You can also freeze it for longer storage. This recipe makes about 2 – 2 1/2 cups.