Salted Raw Caramel Dip

‘Tis the season for sticky, caramel-covered apples.

small bowl of salted raw caramel dip with apple slices

However, if making your own caramel apples sounds a bit messy and complicated, perhaps you’d prefer making a quick caramel dip instead. This particular caramel dip is raw and naturally-sweetened, made with fiber-rich Medjool dates. A definite upgrade from traditional recipes calling for butter, sugar and corn syrup!

With a hint of sea salt, this dip pairs perfectly with freshly sliced apples or pears, and would also make an excellent topping drizzled over your favorite Fall baked goods.

Salted Raw Caramel Dip
makes about 1 cup

Inspired by this recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more to taste
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup almond milk, plus extra for desired texture
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon coconut oil

optional: 1 cup soaked cashews or almonds

Directions:

If you’re using a standard blender or food processor, I recommend soaking the dates in filtered water for 2 to 3 hours, until soft. If you own a powerful blender, like the Vitamix, there’s no need to soak–> it will pulverize the dates easily!

Combine all of the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth and creamy, adding extra almond milk if necessary to facilitate blending.

Adjust flavors to taste, and chill before serving.

Note: For an extra-creamy caramel dip, add 1 cup of soaked cashews or almonds to the mix before blending. Omitting the nuts makes this recipe fruit-based and easier to digest, but the nuts do create a more authentic, creamy caramel texture.

Serve with sliced fruit, or thin with extra water to drizzle over baked goods.

bowl of salted raw caramel dip

 

4.67 from 24 votes
Salted Raw Caramel Dip
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
This particular caramel dip is raw and naturally-sweetened, made with fiber-rich Medjool dates. A definite upgrade from traditional recipes calling for butter, sugar and corn syrup! With a hint of sea salt, this dip pairs perfectly with freshly sliced apples or pears, and would make an excellent topping drizzled over your favorite Fall baked goods.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paleo, raw, vegan
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 549 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
  • 1 cup soft Medjool dates , pitted
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt , or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup almond milk , plus extra for desired texture
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • optional: 1 cup soaked cashews or almonds
Instructions
  1. If you're using a standard blender or food processor, begin by soaking the dates in filtered water for 2 to 3 hours, until soft. If you own a powerful blender, like the Vitamix, there's no need to soak--> it will pulverize the dates easily!
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth and creamy, adding extra almond milk, if necessary, to facilitate blending.
  3. Adjust flavors to taste, and chill before serving.
  4. Serve with sliced fruit, or thin with extra water to drizzle over baked goods. Will keep chilled in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Recipe Notes

For an extra-creamy caramel dip, add 1 cup of soaked cashews or almonds before blending.

Calories per cup: 549, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 111, Fiber: 9g, Protein: 2g

Hope you enjoy!

Reader Feedback: Do you look forward to caramel apples, or caramel dip? I’ve always been a little nervous about biting into caramel-dipped apples myself, thanks to that sticky coating– I’m scared I’ll break a tooth! Luckily, caramel dip suits me just fine.

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Comments

leah

This recipe looks great! I came up with a date caramel recipe myself, in which I mushed dried dates and then melted them like they were plain sugar. Then I added milk and butter like for reg. caramel (it tasted divine but was sooo unhealthy). I wanted to see if there was an alternative to the butter, which is how I ended up here. happy I found this and hope it comes out good!

Emily

This was so delicious! Made it for a work party and it was an instant hit! Everyone wanted to know the recipe! Thanks!

Jillian

I tried this and it’s great! I think it would make a great topping for a German chocolate cake if you stir some nuts into it. I’ll have to try that the next time I make a chocolate cake.

    Tara

    I totally agree, and was thinking the same thing! I will have to try soon! ?

missy

My sister is on a super stricked diet right now and I wanted to make this for her. Problem is she can’t have nuts either. Can I substitute out the almond milk for coconut milk?

Gina

I love this recipe! I make it all the time and it’s a huge family hit!

Simon

How long can this keep for after being made ? Need to be refrigerated?

Angela

I cut way down on the coconut oil and this was still amazing! Will make many times in the future for sure!

Bridget

Will this harden if you roll it into a rectangle, to then cut into caramel squares? Does it have to be refrigerated or can it be room stable?

Tara

This caramel was out of this world amazing! I used Deglet Noor dates rather than Medjool, and I did not add any nuts. And I love it. My husband loves it. Our son wouldn’t love it, but I’m hiding it for now! ? I cannot wait to try with apples or with banana ice cream, but by the spoonful = awesome! Thank you so much for this absolute winner of a recipe!

    Tara

    *our son WOULD love it… Oops!

    (And he DID once I shared it!)

Joella Molson

I hacked this a bit with whatever dates I had in the pantry and organic soy milk. I didn’t even use my blender, just used my handheld immersion model. Worked great and It was divine tasting. This with apple slices killed my sweet craving and didn’t leave me with “sugar guilt”. This would be awesome on toast with almond butter. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

Lyn :]

We LOVE this recipe, really good. My husband is allergic to most nuts so I substituted coconut milk for the nut milk. He LOVED it !!! Thank you once again, you really have saved my bacon for cooking with both of your cook books and this blog !!! Thanks !!!

Andrea

Really good! My blender didn’t do very well with the small amount, so next time I’ll use an immersion blender. I also used Deglet Noor dates, plain water for blending, and about 3/4 cup of unsoaked pecans for the nuts.

Karina

This is INSANE! Tasted so good! I used normal dates and did not add additional nuts – amazing!

A M

I used organic canned coconut milk for a nut-free version. Had to use quite a bit to get it to blend smooth, but it’s delicious with apple slices.

Katherine

This is a very good recipe. I love that it hasn’t got any unhealthy ingredients in it and is so easy to make.
I have a raw vegan salted caramel sauce recipe that I make in the blender and also has no refined sugar in it: https://magicallifeoffruit.com/caramel-sauce-recipe/

I would love it if you would check it out and let me know what you think 🙂

Chris D

So good! I added the optional cashews. With half of the recipe, I added a bunch of cinnamon and tastes like the cinnamon spread you can buy, but this is way healthier.

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