There are few things in life that are better than peanut butter, well for me anyways…
Chocolate comes close, and second to that is caramel…
I almost feel guilty in sharing this, as it is WAY too simple to be classified as a recipe, but I asked on Instagram and Facebook if I should share the recipe and I got a massive thumbs up!!!
This ‘recipe’ (note the inverted commas) is simple, quick and basically fool-proof.
I’ll add more liquid if I want the caramel to be a sauce or a drizzle, I’ll omit the liquid all together if I want the caramel to be a frosting for cupcakes and cakes (it pipes really well), AND (last one, I promise) I’ll add a TBS of organic coconut oil if I plan on keeping some in the fridge to use as a spread (for when I’m feeling super ‘extra’ hahaha)
I also use this exact recipe in my Chocolate caramel brownies, as well as swirled through my Protein cheesecake recipe, to turn the cheesecake into a beautiful caramel swirled creation.
Please let me know if you ever make this, and just what you think of it!!!
Healthy homemade caramel
- 1 1/2 cups pitted dates*
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk***
- 1 TBS vanilla essence
- 1 TBS sugar and salt free peanut butter (optional)**
- A pinch of himilayan salt
Soak the dates in water overnight OR for the quicker option...Soak the dates in boiling water for 1 hour.
Thoroughly drain the dates (unless you are making a sauce or a drizzle then keep some of the liquid), and add to a nutribullet or a food processor.
Add the remainder of the ingredients and blend until smooth (This may take a minute or so)
Keep in a jar in the fridge.
* I prefer to use pitted dates as opposed to the dates that are bought in block form. I have nothing agaisnt the dates in block form, this is just personal preference. If you plan to use a block of dates, you will not need to soak overnight...rather opt for the boiling water soak.
** The peanut butter is completely optional. I don't always make it with peanut butter, however, I do enjoy the hint of nuts when a nut butter is included.
*** If you don't want to use almond milk, coconut milk will also be a lovely addition, otherwise water will also work BUT the caramel will not be as creamy.