Caramel Sauce (Vegan)


I’m always trying to search for a way to make recipe healthier. Today I saw a post on Facebook for Blooming Apples and it looked delicious. But it had a Kraft Caramel in the center and then more caramel sauce drizzled over the top right before being served.

Back when I was a kid, young adult, and up until about 3 years ago, I had a love affair with Kraft Caramels. I would get so excited after Labor Day when I would see them appear in the grocery store. Every trip a bag or two would appear in my shopping cart and the bag would be polished off sooner than anyone could say, “What’s happening here?” as they watched the bag disappear into a sea of clear wrappers…

But sadly, they aren’t the best and I’ve avoided them.

Back to the recipe at hand. So tonight in deciding to make the Blooming Apple, I had to find a caramel sauce that would work. I think it’s pretty good. When I asked Bill to taste it, he was hesitant but was pretty happy when he tried it. His first question was, “How much sugar is in this?” Thankfully not as much as in the caramels and caramel sauce.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Caramel Sauce
Make 3/4 cup

1/2 cup dates
2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

  1. Soak the dates in 2 cups boiling water for 10 minutes, then drain in the Easy Read Measuring Cup Colander.
  2. Add the dates, maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla and sea salt to the Smoothie Cup.  Attach the Smoothie Cup Adapter to the base of the Deluxe Cooking Blender.
  3. Screw the blade lid clockwise onto the Cup to secure.  Turn the cup upside down and align the cup notches with the adapter slots, then turn counterclockwise and secure.
  4. Select the SMOOTHIE setting on the Blender and press start.



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