Please don’t tell anyone with a real food blog that I told you this was a “recipe.” It’s not. It’s just some things I threw in a blender so that my very expensive dates would not go to waste. (Not those very expensive dates, silly… Very expensive hunks of dried fruit that look like cockroaches.)
This non-recipe is like the fruit-salvaging fake dessert equivalent of banana soft serve. But with dates. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s sweet, and god damnit it’s still healthy. Let’s make it.
I know you are going to want to eat this entire batch because anything labeled raw and vegan somehow gets a free pass. But the thing about dates is they’re loaded with sugar. I’m talking like as much sugar in two dates as in one entire Snickers bar. You heard me. So I’m not saying you should eat this entire bowl of caramel in one sitting because that would be the sugar equivalent of eating six Snickers bars. But what I am saying is that the thing about sugar in a date is that it’s sugar that’s supposed to be in there. It’s unrefined fruit sugar. It is sent from the gods. It hasn’t been juiced so you’re still getting all the fiber and whole-fruit goodness. It’s fine. Get down with it.
This beast is raw and vegan with no added sugar and is literally just dates, water and cinnamon. That’s it. You can do this.
Raw Vegan Caramel Dip
- 12 dates, pitted
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon soy creamer (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and let soak for 1 hour
- Process until smooth
- Store in the fridge
The nondairy milk is optional for a little more creaminess, and this sweet little number is just begging for some sea salt because salted caramel is The Everything. You can dip apples in it or eat the whole thing with a spoon even though I specifically told you not to do that.
You could also put this on top of banana soft serve and have the rawest, veganest, refined sugar-free-est dessert of all time.
I spent my weekend rearranging my living room and learning how to wear makeup. I also started a Pinterest board of things I want and it turns out it is pretty much just Beyonce paraphernalia. So basically it was a very white girl weekend, indeed. Have a truly splendid week, muffins.