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2-Ingredient Date Caramel

A super easy refined-sugar free date caramel recipe using just two ingredients! This healthier vegan caramel is naturally sweetened and takes just 10 minutes to make – perfect for a refined-sugar and fat-free alternative to traditional caramel recipes.

This date caramel recipe is so easy, takes under 10 minutes and is refined-sugar free with just two ingredients.

I first made this recipe when I was making some millionaire shortbread bars (recipe still being tested!) and wanted a healthier alternative for the caramel layer.

Enter dates.

Dates are naturally sweet with a gorgeous caramel flavour that makes it hard to believe they’re a fruit! They’re the natural option for a sweet, indulgent, sticky caramel sauce.

This recipe could be perfect paired with these protein flapjacks!

To make the 2-ingredient date caramel

This recipe requires just two things: hot water and chopped de-seeded dates.

Simply soak the dates in hot water for around 10 minutes, drain (reserving the water) and blend. Slowly add in more water to get your desired consistency.

A thicker caramel consistency can be perfect for spreading a thick layer over cakes and bakes, whereas more water or even a few spoonfuls of thick coconut milk can create a more sauce-like caramel for drizzling over desserts.


Potential modifications you could make to this recipe include adding:

  • A tablespoon of cacao powder for a chocolatey taste
  • Vanilla essence
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut milk
2-Ingredient Date Caramel

2-Ingredient Date Caramel

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes

The easiest refined sugar-free caramel recipe ever, using just two ingredients!


  • 200g medjool dates, without pits
  • 150ml hot water


  1. Soak the dates in the hot water for 10 minutes
  2. Add the dates and half the water to a blender and blend.
  3. Add more water until the caramel is at your desired consistency.


This caramel is fantastic cold, but is also amazing heated up and thinned out with water or a little coconut milk for a more sauce-like consistency.

You could also stir in cinnamon powder or even cacao powder for a heavenly variation.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g

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