I was at Publix the other day, casually strolling by a Halloween candy display, and decided to check out what actually was in a jar of caramel sauce.
I was kinda shocked at what I found.
High fructose corn syrup, more corn syrup, cream solids, and a bunch of chemical additives that sound pretty gnarly. (Like what really is Red 40?!)
I was shocked because I know how simple it is to make your own caramel at home, from plants, without the chemicals, dairy, or highly processed sugar. (Btw- refined sugar can be a crazy thing to detox from but is literally one of the best choices I ever made.)
I first created this naturally sweetened, Vegan Caramel Sauce when I made these Caramel Apples and was instantly obsessed!
I know that sometimes it can be a bit of a drag to make and prep your own stuff at home. Sometimes- we’re just tired, you know?
But I see it like this- the more love I can put into what I prepare for myself and my family at home, the more I’m able to provide nourishing whole plant foods, the better it will be for all of us and our health in the long run.
And that’s why it just makes sense to me. Sure I have to do a little more cleaning and grab the ingredients- but to be able to make and enjoy a healthy alternative to that crazy sugary stuff in the store without sacrificing the fun of having something like Caramel Sauce is a no brainer for me.
And- this recipe is awesome because you can use it in SO many different ways! Vegan Caramel Apples, Salted Caramel Smoothies, and even Healthy Snickers Bars! It’s literal heaven and it’s vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. So if you make it, put your love into it, and enjoy every second of this creamy, caramel-y goodness!
Vegan Caramel Sauce
- 20 Medjool Dates, pitted
- 3 tbsp almond milk (can sub oat or coconut milk)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (make sure oil is somewhat soft or melted)
- 2 tbsp cashew butter
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until well blended.
- Place in a container and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Who else is now craving Caramel Apples?! Hope you enjoy this recipe.
Get the Vegan Caramel Apple recipe
Try this Vegan Caramel Sauce in these Healthy Vegan Snickers Bars