Simple Date Caramel and Peanut Butter Dip

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Y’all, this Simple Date Caramel and Peanut Butter dip is golden. It is so easy and quick to put together. Plus, it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. This works for just about everyone!! Another plus, it comes together in about 5 minutes, seriously.

date caramel with peanut butter dip on charcuterie board with apples and pretzels

Making the Date Caramel and Peanut Butter Dip

So, I start by cutting the dates into chunks. It just makes it easier to blend. Also, if your dates are a little harder, you may want to microwave. I threw mine in for 30 seconds. I also like to do this as it heats the dates and makes the caramel feel like it is cooked.

woman cutting dates on wooden cutting board

Add the dates to your food processor or blender. I have used and love this Cuisinart Food Processor for a really long time and love it!

woman adding chopped dates to food processor

A touch of vanilla.

woman adding vanilla to food processor

A dash of salt. I love kosher!

woman adding salt to food processor for date caramel and peanut butter dip

Now, to this the caramel and add a little depth, use coconut milk. If you prefer, you can also use almond milk. I personally like the coconut better. I used a full-fat coconut, but you could use a light one if you prefer.

woman adding coconut to date caramel and peanut butter dip in food processor

Pulse and add more coconut milk as needed. This will be added to achieve the consistency you are looking for. This might take a while, so be patient. You will want it to be really smooth, so be ready for that. I am telling you, this is how easy the Date Caramel will be. Within a minute or 2, the caramel will be done!

woman mixing date caramel and peanut butter in food processor

Now, let me just say, the peanut butter is optional. It is optional, but it is so good! You can also use another nut butter if you prefer. Almond butter is really delicious in this step. Continue to mix until everything is well blended.

woman adding peanut butter to food processor for date caramel peanut butter dip

The Finished Caramel Peanut Butter Dip

Below it the finished dip. Doesn’t it look just like a regular, full dairy caramel? I think so too. Only this one is a million times easier, and so much healthier!

date caramel with peanut butter dip in a small mason jar

Serving the Caramel Dip

Now, there are plenty of ways to serve this date caramel with peanut butter dip. Let me show you what I did. I added it right in the middle of a great charcuterie board. I chose 3 types of apples, grapes, cheddar cheese slice, pomegranates, nuts, and pretzel crisps.

date caramel and peanut butter dip on a charcuterie board with sliced apples, cheese, pretzels, and grapes

That date caramel is good on everything! The apples, cheese, nuts, grapes, everything!! It is that good!

If you are looking for a cookie to eat this on, what about these Flourless Chocolate cookies??

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Date caramel and peanut butter dip

This simple dip is perfect for dipping apples, pretzels, grapes, nuts, etc. It is easy to make and dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Plus, it is so simple to make!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free caramel, date caramel, date caramel simple, date caramel with peanut butter, gluten free caramel, vegan caramel
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk Start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter


  • Microwave your dates for about 30 seconds to soften and heat.
    Add them, 1/4 cup coconut milk, vanilla, and salt to a food processor or blender. Blend really well. This might take a little bit of time, so don't stress. If you need to, add more coconut milk to get the consistency you want. I wound up using about 1/3 cup.
    Next add in your peanut butter and blend smooth again.
    That is it!! It is done. It is seriously so simple and so good!! I think you will love this!
    It is so good served with apples, pretzels, nuts or even chocolate wedges.
    If you don't eat the day you make it, this caramel will hold well for up to 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container. You will want to throw it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute to heat the caramel if it is chilled.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!

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