What’s your favorite thing about the autumn? Is it the pumpkins, or maybe the leaves? For me, it’s the food, particularly the desserts! There’s something especially comforting about having pumpkin or apple-flavored treats this time of year. When I was a kid, autumn was the only time of year when I could convince my mom to buy caramel dip at the store. I would come home from school everyday excited to eat some apple slices and caramel dip for my after school snack!
Unfortunately, traditional caramel dip—however delicious it may be—is neither vegan nor healthy. It really is a shame that caramel contains dairy; after all, it’s one of my all-time favorite flavors! However, if you are vegan, or off you’re just trying to eat a little healthier, that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the caramel for good. Dates just happen to have a very sweet caramel-like flavor! Blended up with some almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla, they transform into a healthy version of caramel dip that’s perfect for fall snacking.
Healthy Vegan Date Caramel Dip
This caramel dip is gooey, sweet, and made with all natural ingredients! Serve it with some sliced apples for a healthy fall snack.
- 20 large medjool dates pitted
- 1 1/3 cups non-dairy milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Place the pitted dates in a bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 5-10 minutes, then drain and set aside.
Add soaked dates to a blander along with milk, maple syrup, and vanilla (I used a single serving smoothie blender). Blend until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl and store in refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.
- Nutrition info is calculated for a 2 tbsp serving (1/16th recipe)