Two-Ingredient Date Caramel Sauce
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The traditional recipe for caramel sauce consists of a cup of sugar, half a cup of butter, and some milk or cream. This amazing sauce, with an almost uncanny resemblance to caramel, is almost the opposite in terms of sugar and fat. Yet, it tastes just as good, and unlike regular caramel sauce, there’s no cooking involved. An incredible dip for sliced apples and/or pears, this is also a lovely topping for vegan cakes and ice cream.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1½ cups
  • 1 cup pitted dates (preferably Medjool, but Deglet are fine)
  • ⅔ cup (or as needed) vanilla unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
  1. Soak the dates in hot water to cover for 30 to 60 minutes, then drain well.
  2. Combine the soaked dates in a blender with the nondairy milk and blend until very smooth.
  3. If the sauce is too thick to pour out of the blender, add just a touch more nondairy milk and blend again. On the other hand, if the sauce seems thin (it should have body, though it won’t be as dense or sticky as sugar-based caramel sauce), add a couple more soaked dates.
  4. Pour into a serving container and serve over non-dairy ice cream, vegan brownies, or as a dip with fruit.
Optional Addition: Add a pinch or grinding of salt to take it up a subtle flavor notch.

Credit: Reprinted with permission from 5-Ingredient Vegan © 2019 by Nava Atlas, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at