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2-Ingredient No-Sugar Date Caramel Sauce

Vegan date caramel sauce

The typical caramel sauce recipe consists of a cup of sugar, half a cup of butter, and some milk or cream. Um, no. As in, no, our 2-ingredient no-sugar date caramel sauce contains none of those. We’ve hacked all the bad ingredients out of it — sugar included— by making it from dates and almond milk. That’s it! Unless you’d like to go the extra inch and add a pinch or grinding of salt — you know, salted caramel — to take it up a subtle notch.

And unlike regular caramel sauce, there’s no need to cook at all. You do need a good blender for this, though, to make it nice and smooth.

This is incredible as a dip for sliced apples and/or pears, or as a topping for vegan cakes and ice creams. The best thing is that you’re delighting your sweet tooth with fruit rather than devilish sugar. This makes about 1 cup. 

Vegan date caramel sauce

2-Ingredient, No-Sugar Date Caramel Sauce

This 2-ingredient caramel sauce is made only with dates and almond milk! It's incredible as a dip with fresh fruit or as a topping for vegan cakes and ice creams.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Veg Kitchen


  • 1 cup pitted dates preferably Medjool, but Deglet are fine
  • 2/3 cup or as needed vanilla unsweetened nondairy milk
  • Pinch of salt or grinding of coarse salt optional


  • Soak the dates in hot water to cover for 30 to 60 minutes, then drain well.
  • Combine in a blender with the nondairy milk and blend until very smooth.
  • If it seems like the sauce will be difficult 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.
  • Pour into a serving container and serve over nondairy ice cream, vegan brownies, or as a dip with fruit.


Vegan date caramel sauce recipe

This and photo at top: Hannah Kaminsky

Vegan Date Carmel Sauce is as delicious as a topping for vegan desserts as it is a dip for fresh fruits.

Vegan date caramel sauce recipe

Photo: Hannah Kaminsky

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    May 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

    How long with the date caramel sauce last in the fridge?

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    October 3, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Strictly speaking, shouldn’t this read no added sugar? Dates are naturally high in fructose but do contain fiber, potassium and other nutrients that granulated sugar doesn’t. Sorry to be picky I just find this misleading.

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