So what’s up with this whole date caramel thing, anyway?
Actually, yes, it sorta is.
I’ll admit I was doubtful at first, but when my Dad (of all people) mentioned that he thought dates tasted like caramel I began to believe it just might work. So I decided to take a chance and make it.
The verdict? It doesn’t taste exactly like caramel, but it tastes pretty darn good none the less. I think it’s just about the best “healthy” caramel sub you’re gonna find.
The version I made is more of a thin caramel, perfect for drizzling, adding to coffee, or adding to yogurt. Oh, yeah, and it also makes pretty good cookies. More on that coming. Read on.
- 10 dates, pitted
- 2/3 cup + 3 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Yupp, you read that correctly. Three ingredients and five minutes is all you need to make a delicious “caramel”. It’s the stuff of dreams. And ya know what else is?
Caramel Cookies. Ones that look and taste just like their naughty cousins, but aren’t nearly as bad. Ain’t life great?
Chocolate Caramel Cookies
(makes 16 cookies)
- 2/3 cup spelt flour
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- pinch salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp extra dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp yogurt (soy, greek, almond, etc)
- 5 tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1-2 tbsp date caramel (from above)
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