//Vegan Caramel

Vegan Caramel

WHO DOESN’T LOVE SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE!?

As you can tell from the CAPS, I’m pretty excited about this topic!

If there is ever a situation where I have to pick a flavour (for absolutely anything) and salted caramel is an option, it is truly the ONLY option! This date caramel is free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugar. It’s sweet and sticky, has a creamy smooth texture and is simple to make.

Date caramel is a popular refined-sugar free alternative for many people, but today we’re kicking it up a notch by adding superfood maca powder, which helps to regulate hormones naturally but is also nutrient dense packed with over 20 amino acids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and vitamins B1, B2, C and E – to name a few!

Dates are exceptionally sweet, and have been used as a sweetener for centuries.

They are cholesterol-free and  rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, A1 and C, proteins, dietary fiber, iron (11 percent), potassium (16 percent), calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. The fibers and amino acids can also help to improve the digestive system.

Despite the benefits, one cup of dates has around 29 mg of fructose and a high glycemic index, which can increase blood sugar levels significantly so it is highly recommended (like most addictive food out there) to consume this decadent sauce in moderation!

This recipe yields about ¾ a cup. If you decide to try this recipe out, please snap a pic and tag us on instagram @therefillerysa. We love seeing your photos!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1x cup Pitted dates

2 ml Salt

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp Maca Powder

125 ml Organic Coconut Cream

To taste Stevia / Agave / Maple syrup

METHOD:

  • Soak your dates for about 15min in some boiling water if they’re hard and dry. My dates from The Refillery’s pantry were dry, but soft and chewy so I didn’t need to soak them! If you needed to soak them, drain them well and firmly press them down with a spoon to extract as much water as possible.
  • Add your dates and your coconut cream to your food processor and blend on high for about 10minutes, scraping down the sides regularly.
  • Add your vanilla, maca powder and salt, and process for a further minute. At this point, your dates should be pulvarised well and your consistency will depend on how wet your dates still were. I made this batch quite thick because I’m using it for another secret recipe (Stay tuned!) but if you’d like it a bit runnier to use it to top a dessert (like ice cream or sticky bread pudding) continue to add boiling water by the tablespoon while blending to reach your desired consistency.
  • Sweeten to taste with stevia, if need be. These dates were so sweet and sticky, I didn’t add anything to them!
  • Spoon into a jar and store in the fridge! Will keep for 1-2 weeks. Enjoy!!

TIP: If your taste buds are still transitioning and aren’t used to date or maca flavours quite yet, add in a few drops of caramel essence!

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