Vegan Date Caramel Dip

If you choose to add coconut cream to your caramel, either buy cans of actual coconut cream (just make sure not to buy the sweetened kind), or refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight and then scoop out the solid coconut cream that rises to the top of the can.

  • Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 12 ounces Medjool or Halawy dates – as plump and fresh as you can find
  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water, just below boiling
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

Special equipment:


1 Soak the dates in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes: When ready their skin should easily to peel off with your fingers. Strain the dates from the soaking liquid, reserving the liquid.

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2 Peel the dates and remove the seeds: Peel the skins off all the dates with your fingers. Split them open (you should be able to just pinch them open; otherwise use a paring knife). Remove the pit.

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3 Puree the dates until creamy: Put the dates into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add the vanilla, 2 tablespoons of the reserved soaking water, and salt. Process until very smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl every couple of minutes. If the sauce seems too thick, add a little water until you reach a smooth, spoonable consistency.

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4 For a creamier sauce, add coconut cream: Add the coconut cream at the very end and pulse 10 times to incorporate.

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5 Taste and adjust as needed: Taste the sauce. Add lemon juice or more salt if needed.

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  • Vitaliya

    Fantastic! I love caramel so much, but I never eat it because it’s so unhealthy Gonna make this sauce!! Love it

  • Miriam

    Thanks for inspiring me pull the dates out. I made no-bake brownie bites, and they were delicious.

  • Akhil

    Amazing Sabrina, I just bought the dates for this – chose to go with pitless so its less work for me :) Do you think it’ll impact the end result/taste? I hope not!

    And – I am wondering if any other fruits would taste good with this?

    • Sabrina Modelle

      Hi Akhil.
      The pitless dates are sometimes quite a bit drier, but you can just soak them longer and it should work fine. I’ve never tried other fruits for this sauce, but if you so, please let us know how it turns out!

  • Amy

    How long will this last?

    • Sabrina Modelle

      Hi Amy,
      We’ve kept it for quite a long time at our house- at least two weeks. I store it in an airtight container like a mason jar.

  • Sara @ Last Night's Feast

    This looks so decadent! A great treat for my children =)

  • Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought

    Brilliant! I can’t wait to try this.