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Can you have your cake, er, caramel and eat it too? With this date caramel you basically can. Dates are high in fiber and contain antioxidants (those magical things that protect your cells from harmful reactions that can lead to disease). Just soak pitted dates in water and pulse them with the soaking liquid in a food processor until smooth (strain it for an even smoother caramel sauce so much like the real thing it’s crazy!). Then drizzle the date caramel on frozen yogurt or fruit, or stir it into oatmeal.


Credit: Jennifer Causey

Recipe Summary

10 mins
20 mins
¾ cup


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  • Soak dates in hot water 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer dates to a food processor, reserving soaking liquid. Add ½ cup soaking liquid to food processor, and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Continue to process, adding soaking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture is smooth and pourable.

  • For a smoother caramel, pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer, pressing mixture with a spatula; discard solids. Stir in salt. Use date caramel to top frozen yogurt or ice cream or to stir into oatmeal or other hot cereal.