If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional caramel dip, then look no further because I’ve GOT YOU! My 4-ingredient Date Sweetened Caramel Dip is a delicious, creamy dip that is made with just four ingredients: dates, ilk, vanilla extract, and sea salt. This dip is free of refined sugars and full of fiber and antioxidants. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile and can be served with your favorite fruits, on top of smoothie bowls, or even on top of your favorite toast!
When it comes to the world of health foods, dates are truly a star ingredient. Not only are they deliciously sweet, but they have a TON of different health benefits as well. They are high in fiber, which can help promote healthy digestion and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Dates are also a great source of antioxidants, which can help protect your cells from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Additionally, dates are a good source of potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure.
One of the best things about this dip is that it’s also free of refined sugar! Many traditional caramel dips are loaded with sugar, which can spike your blood sugar levels and lead to energy crashes later on. By using dates to sweeten this dip, you can enjoy a sweet treat without the crash later on.
And as if this dip couldn’t get any better, there are also so many delicious ways to enjoy it! Of course, you can enjoy it by the spoonful, but I love serving it alongside sliced apples, drizzling some over a bowl of oats, or eating it on toast. Yum!
To make this Date Sweetened Caramel, start by pitting and softening your dates by removing the pits and soaking the remaining dates in boiling water for 30 minutes. Then, rinse the liquid off. If your dates are already pitted and softened, you can skip this step!
Next, add your dates to the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender alongside the sea salt, vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, and 3/4 cup of the warm milk. Process or blend until the mixture is smooth and there are no chunks of dates. You may need to stop the blender or food processor a few times and scrape down the sides, in order to make sure that all of the ingredients are fully incorporated. This may take some time, but trust me, it is worth it!
Finally, once your mixture is smooth and all of the ingredients are combined, add in your remaining 1/4 cup of warm milk and blend / process until the caramel has thinned out to your desired consistency. Once done, serve alongside your favorite fruit, oatmeal, toast, and enjoy! Transfer any remainders to an airtight container or glass jar and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
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