This refined sugar free date caramel sauce is a delicious way to dress up desserts, pancakes, or waffles. Make no mistake, this sauce is an indulgence, but I feel better about occasionally indulging in rich, buttery date caramel sauce, knowing that it doesn’t contain any refined sugar.
Refined Sugar Free Date Caramel Sauce – Key Ingredients
This recipe calls for only four simple ingredients: butter, date paste, vanilla, and salt. It’s best served warm or at room temperature for those special occasions that call for a treat.
Date paste works really well as the sweetener in this caramel sauce because dates have a naturally caramely flavour. I actually prefer this date caramel sauce over traditional caramel made with regular white sugar.
If you’d prefer to avoid butter you can substitute coconut oil instead for a dairy free, vegan caramel sauce. The flavour isn’t quite the same though, so if you want it to taste as close as possible to a traditional caramel sauce, I’d stick with real butter.
Use this sauce to top french toast, pancakes, ice cream, or these gluten free vegan sweet potato brownies. Or use it as a dip for fresh berries, apple slices, or bananas.
You can even transform this refined sugar free date caramel sauce into a delicious chocolate fudge sauce by stirring in some cocoa powder while the caramel is cooking. About 1/4 cup is perfect and results in the most decadent fudge sauce.
Another option is to divide the finished recipe in half and add cocoa powder to half to create the fudge sauce and leave the other half plain. Then top some ice cream with a drizzle of both kinds of sauce plus a dollop of this refined sugar free whipped cream to create a truly decadent sundae.
Refined Sugar Free Date Caramel Sauce
- 1 1/4 cups date paste
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Add the date paste, butter, vanilla, and salt to a saucepan and simmer on low heat until the mixture browns slightly and thickens a little, approximately 8 minutes.
- Serve warm or at room temperature or store in the fridge.
- Reheat slightly or bring to room temperature to serve.
- Makes 1 cup of refined sugar free caramel sauce.
Refined Sugar Free Caramel Sauce Nutritional Information
I’m Jennifer, the author at A Sweet Alternative. I’m a home cook with a passion for creating gluten free and refined sugar free recipes that call for nutritious ingredients.