5-Ingredient Vegan Caramel

This silky-smooth vegan caramel recipe is dairy-free and delicious! Even better, it only takes a few minutes to whip up in your blender or food processor. 

Read on to learn how to transform six pantry ingredients into sweet and decadent caramel!

Vegan caramel in a bowl with apple slices

This Caramel Recipe is Dairy-Free!

This recipe is my own take on one I found on Food 52. I use cashew butter in this recipe. If you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute almond butter, but it won’t turn out as smooth nor will it have the caramelized sugar taste that mimics traditional caramel.

Making Vegan Caramel With Dried Dates

I cannot stress enough how important it is that you use only soft, pitted dates. I find they stay softest in the container when I buy them whole and pit them myself. The 30 seconds of extra work this creates is well worth it, as it ensures a smooth texture.

If your dates have begun to harden you can keep them from going to waste by soaking them in hot water for 5 minutes. This should soften them enough to use in this recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Use this caramel recipe as a dip for fresh fruit, drizzled on top of banana pancakes or french toast, or to zazz up your favorite homemade cookies, blondies, or brownies.

Let’s Make Some Caramel!

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c cashew butter

1/4 c maple syrup

Vegan caramel ingredients in a food processor.

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

2 dried Medjool dates, pitted

1 tsp vanilla extract

EQUIPMENT

Blender or food processor

METHOD

Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you have both pieces of equipment and are trying to decide which one to use, I would suggest using the food processor. I find that the dates get stuck beneath the blades of the blender, resulting in large chunks that can be difficult to scrape out.

While the same problem is true of the food processor, it’s easier to pause and stir up any large chunks by hand so you can achieve the texture you’re going for.

Food processor with no-cook caramel and spatula showing consistency

How To Store Your Caramel

This vegan caramel recipe will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month…although you’ll likely eat the whole batch in less than half of that time! 

The caramel will harden somewhat in the fridge, becoming thick and difficult to spread. I like to zap individual portions in the microwave to thin it out when I’m ready to eat.

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5-Ingredient Vegan Carmel (Dairy-Free, Paleo)

Bowl full of vegan caramel with sliced apple on the side

This no-cook, date-sweetened caramel

  • Author: Christine Tusher
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 c 1x
  • Category: Snacks + Treats
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Paleo
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale

1/4 c cashew butter

1/4 c maple syrup

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

2 dried Medjool dates, pitted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Place all of the ingredients into the bowl of a blender or food processor and process. Stop periodically to scrape the sides with a spatula and check for chunks of date that may have gotten stuck beneath the blades.

Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Keywords: Vegan Caramel, Date Caramel, No-Cook Caramel, Paleo Caramel


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