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

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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.


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. 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.

How To Make Caramel
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Ingredients

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

Preparation

  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.

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