Enjoy the Flavor

Take it from us: You won’t want to share this creamy medjool date caramel.

By: Mandy Ashcraft
Photos by: Dustin Ashcraft

What do you do when “‘Tis the season” rolls right into “‘Tis the time for healthier New Year’s resolutions”? Start finding cleaner, more nutritious ways to enjoy the flavors you love!

Medjool dates are naturally sweet, sticky fruits that, when pureed, have the flavor and texture of spreadable caramel. Enjoy it with apple slices, with pretzel rods or poured over a pint of ice cream. You won’t want to share! (Bonus: Medjool dates are high in fiber and potassium.)

Ingredients:
Recipe makes 1/2 cup

12 pitted medjool dates, soaked in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes
2 tablespoons water
Pinch of salt

Instructions:
1/ Drain the water from the dates after you’ve soaked them. You could blend them up without soaking them first, and it would still taste great, but if you want a smoother texture, it’s best to soak them in warm water first.

2/ Add dates, salt and water to a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. If you prefer a thinner caramel, add water by the teaspoon until you achieve the desired consistency.

3/ Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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