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Always vegan and refined sugar-free, mostly gluten-free and oil-free

  • Katie

2-Ingredient Vegan Caramel

This vegan caramel recipe is extremely easy and 100% plant based. This caramel is oil-free, refined sugar-free, paleo, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free! This caramel can be enjoyed warm or cold, and is perfect for ice creams, chocolates, spreads, or just enjoying straight out of the bowl!

Happy Sunday! Bringing you all the sweets this week! Caramel has always been a favorite of mine, but since going vegan I haven't really been able to have it much, except at a few vegan ice cream places. However I have had this idea in my head forever, and finally got around to creating it, and I can confirm it is just as good as I was hoping it would be! I also had to wait to create this until I got a new blender, because having a high speed blender is pretty crucial for creating the smoothness in this recipe. However there are some fast alterations you can make that will change it a litte, but for the most part keep it the same.


The main reason I am so obsessed with this is because how natural it is. Combining two whole food plant based ingredients to create a typically very unhealthy food always gets me super excited. When you adjust your diet to more whole food/plant based ingredients, the benefits will easily follow. I used to always stress about nutrition labels, and calories, but it is so much simpler than that. If it comes from the ground and is unprocessed it's a green light to eat! Taking the stress out of eating, and simply just enjoying all these wonderful plants is so rewarding.


For example, I wouldn't say this recipe is low calorie, but who cares? It's loaded with vitamins and minerals, fiber, healthy fats, and more! It is so much healthier (physically and mentally) to focus on the nutrients of the foods then the calories. Although calorie density is important for weight loss, a healthy diet is not calorie focused. Besides all the healthy nutrients in this recipe will keep you full for hours!


Like I said before, there are a few alterations that can be made to this recipe if you do not have a high speed blender. Since this recipe combines cashews and medjool dates, you pretty much need a nice blender to achieve the smoothness. However, if you do not have one you can buy the pre-processed forms of the ingredients. By this I mean buying Cashew Butter (make sure it is 100% cashews, and doesn't have added oils or sugars), and date syrup. These options are still great, you may lose some fiber content from the date syrup, and the caramel may come out a little runnier, but for the most part this is an easy substitution. I will try to create it again using those measurements in the future, because I am not sure what the ratios would have to be to achieve the caramel taste. If you try it be sure to let me know how it turns out! Alright I think it's time for the recipe!

Recipe

Serves: 8+

Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

- 10-15 Medjool dates (depends on size I used about 13)

- 2 Cups cashews

- (Optional) Sea salt - makes a salted caramel

Directions:

  1. In a high speed blender combine your cashews to create nut butter. If your blender can not achieve nut butter texture, you can buy 100% cashew butter and add it to the blender first.

  2. Next take the pit out of the dates, and add the dates to the blender and blend. Once the caramel texture is achieved, serve and enjoy! (you can reheat it on the stove over low heat, do not microwave).