Learn How to Make Caramel in 5 Minutes (With Just 3 Amazing Ingredients!)

How To Make Caramel: This healthy homemade caramel tastes amazing and is bound to be your new favorite dessert topping!

We’re showing you how to make caramel with zero refined sweeteners and only wholesome goodness. Each bite of creamy caramel has hints of sea salt and notes of vanilla. Dunk apples into it, mix it into ice cream, pour it over pancakes; the possibilities are endless.

When you think of caramel, you probably think of the syrupy amber colored stuff that comes out of a bottle and gives you a sugar rush. But this is not that sort of caramel. We’ve ditched the artificial coloring and flavors in favor of real, wholesome ingredients. The result is a caramel that exceeds expectations and doesn’t leave you with a sugar hangover. This is by far the easiest caramel recipe out there!

Sugar Substitute

No corn syrup, cane sugar, or any sweetener at all needed in this caramel recipe. Nope, not even a healthier sweetener like coconut sugar. That’s because Medjool dates are packed with natural sugars and provide the butterscotch flavor and gooey texture that caramel needs.

Medjool dates are a wholesome replacement for refined sweeteners. They are chock full of essential vitamins and minerals that your body will thank you for. Medjool dates are a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin, vitamin K, thiamine, and zinc.

While the amount of sugar in dates may have you questioning their nutritional value, keep in mind that the sugar is balanced by fiber. One hundred grams of Medjool dates has 6.7 grams of fiber which is key in balancing the sugar content.

Caramel Sauce Tips

This recipe for homemade caramel is thick and somewhat dip-like. But it can be easily transformed into a drizzly caramel sauce with just a minor tweak. Simply add ¼-½ cup warm water to the date caramel. It’ll thin out the caramel so it can be poured and drizzled.

If you love your sweets with a savory twist then double the salt! The juxtaposition of sweet and salty is a tried and true winner that’ll leave you salivating.

How To Make Caramel

Caramel Sauce Recipe
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Calories per serving: 1258

Fat per serving: 1.7g

Saturated fat per serving: 0.1g

Carbs per serving: 334g

Protein per serving: 10.9g

Fiber per serving: 35.6g

Sugar per serving: 282g

Sodium per serving: 945mg

Caramel Sauce Recipe

We're showing you how to make caramel with zero refined sweeteners and only wholesome goodness. Each bite of creamy caramel has hints of sea salt and notes of vanilla. Dunk apples into it, mix it into ice cream, pour it over pancakes; the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: ¼-½ cup warm water

Instructions

  1. Add pitted dates to a food processor and process for about two minutes, scraping down sides as needed.
  2. Add the sea salt and pure vanilla extract and process for another 30 seconds.
  3. If you are making a thin caramel sauce, now add the ¼ cup warm water. Process for 30 seconds and check consistency. If it’s still too thick to be poured, add an additional ¼ cup warm water.
  4. Store caramel in an airtight jar for up to one week in the refrigerator.

Notes

This recipe for homemade caramel is thick and somewhat dip-like. But it can be easily transformed into a drizzly caramel sauce with just a minor tweak. Simply add ¼-½ cup warm water to the date caramel. It’ll thin out the caramel so it can be poured and drizzled.

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What Goes Well With Caramel Sauce?

Vegan Salted Caramel Truffles

This is the best recipe for vegan salted caramel truffles. Only 4 ingredients and 4 steps!

These salted caramel truffles are ideal for your freshly whipped up batch of caramel. Omit the ¼ cup warm water and immediately transfer the caramel to the freezer. Let it chill for 30 minutes then proceed to forming into balls and dipping in chocolate, according to recipe instructions.

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Date-Sweetened Apple Bars

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Is there any better combination than apples and caramel? Pour your homemade caramel over these apple bars for a delicious dessert. With fall flavors you can’t resist, it’ll become your new favorite treat.

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin bread recipe

Spread a layer of the caramel over this paleo pumpkin bread for a truly delicious breakfast. The caramel flavor will complement the spiced pumpkin flavors that are an autumn staple.

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

Drizzle homemade caramel over these peanut butter smoothie bowls for a delicious treat

Peanut butter and caramel are two flavors that go hand in hand. Swirl a bit of homemade caramel into this peanut butter smoothie bowl for an ultra-decadent dessert.

Chunky Coco Monkey Ice Cream

Turn this coconut ice cream into a sundae with a drizzle of our homemade caramel recipeImage via Kate Gavlick

Give your favorite childhood treat a healthy makeover. This Ben & Jerry’s inspired vegan ice cream pairs perfectly with homemade caramel. Add a dollop of coconut whipped cream to complete your vegan ice cream sundae.

Coconut Flour Crepes

All this coconut flour crepes need are a bit of homemade caramel to be completeImage via Kate Gavlick

These healthy grain-free crepes would be even more delicious with a drizzle of caramel. The sweet caramel would provide the perfect touch of sweetness to this French classic.

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Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.