Healthy Caramel Sauce

Healthy Caramel Sauce

Healthy caramel sauce is made with simple ingredients and can be made as thick or thin as you would like it. The rich caramel flavor is out of this world. You’ll be surprised by what makes this healthy caramel sauce so delicious. 

healthy caramel sauce in a jar

Does the thought of making caramel sauce make you cringe? Standing over a stove, watching the pot carefully to make sure nothing burns, or you don’t some how end up with a rock hard caramel sauce. It all sounds so tedious.

Plus traditional caramel sauce, while quite delicious, is also full of so much sugar.

jar of healthy caramel sauce with a spoon to the right with caramel sauce on it

But this healthy caramel sauce is different. You’ll still end up with a deep, rich caramel sauce, but the ingredients are simple and so much better. No stove-top watching required.

6 ingredients, 10 minutes

The star of this ten minute healthy caramel sauce show are dates. My preference, and what I used for this recipe were medjool dates.

medjool date on the left, regular date on the right
Medjool date on the left, regular date on the right

They’re larger and softer than the traditional dates you would find bagged at the grocery store. I found these dates in the bulk section at our grocery store.

The softness of the medjool date helps to make for a creamier healthy caramel sauce. But you can always pick up the bagged dates and soak them in some hot water for about 10 minutes to soften then.

Thick or thin

For this specific recipe, I wanted my healthy caramel sauce to be on the thicker side. That’s the great part about this recipe, it’s very customizable.

small food processor blending healthy caramel sauce and breaking down the dates

This recipe can also be made vegan if you replace the honey with pure maple syrup. The caramel notes in the syrup would pair perfectly with the caramel flavor of the dates.

I like using this small food processor for this recipe. It can be made in a blender, but I would suggest going for a thinner caramel sauce if you use a blender. You’ll need more liquid to make sure the dates blend completely.

Blending and scraping the sides of the food processor is a must for this recipe. Eventually it will all come together and you’ll end up with a smooth, {in this case} thick, delectable caramel sauce.

smooth healthy caramel sauce in a small food processor

I just used this healthy caramel sauce and this ice cream to make a healthy snickers bar. You should definitely check it out!

You can also check out some treats that would go great with this healthy caramel sauce:

Healthier caramel brownie cupcakes: replace the caramel with this caramel sauce

Mug cake two ways

Healthy chickpea waffles

Healthy caramel sauce is made with simple ingredients and can be made as thick or thin as you would like it. The rich caramel flavor is out of this world. You'll be surprised by what makes this healthy caramel sauce so delicious. 

Healthy Caramel Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Healthy caramel sauce is made with simple ingredients and can be made as thick or thin as you would like it. The rich caramel flavor is out of this world. You'll be surprised by what makes this healthy caramel sauce so delicious.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 cup
Ingredients
Ingredients:
  • 10 pitted medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk*
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. honey**
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
Directions
Directions:
  1. In the jar of a small food processor add all ingredients and blend on the lowest speed until dates are chopped up further.
  2. Switch to the highest setting {if it has one} and continue to blend until sauce becomes smooth. You’ll have to scrape the sides down a few times in between.
  3. Eat it with apple slices, or on top of ice cream.
Recipe Notes

*Note: use more milk to make a thinner caramel sauce

**Note: use pure maple syrup to make this recipe vegan

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