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Date paste in small mason jar

3-Ingredient Salted Date Caramel Sauce

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10 mins Prep: 10 mins
Serves 1.5

Also known as date paste, this 3-Ingredient Salted Date Caramel Sauce is incredibly easy and quick to whip up, while also being a super versatile sweetener for all your cooking & baking!


  • 1 cup pitted dates , packed
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¼ tsp sea salt


  1. Step 1

    Add pitted dates to a bowl along with boiling water. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes to soften.

  2. Step 2

    Add soften dates to a high speed blender along with salt and 3/4 cup of the soaking liquid. Blend until smooth, scraping the sides as needed.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge for up to a week.

  4. Step 4

    Enjoy in drinks, desserts and on toast with your favorite nut butter.

Common Questions & Swaps

  • Can I use any kind of dates? Yes, but adjust the soaking time accordingly. I find that softer dates (like mazafati) require less soaking time than the very dried ones (such as deglet). Medjool dates fall somewhere in between.
  • Can I add vanilla extract to this recipe ? Yes, absolutely! I would suggest adding about 1 teaspoon of it for a little vanilla hint.

  • Can I make this paste in a food processor? I think so, you might just have to blend it up a little longer and scrape the sides more often.

  • I like my butters to have a little flavour, can I add any sweetener or salt to this? Yes, feel free to add a pinch of salt and/or a sweetener of choice – I recommend maple syrup or stevia. You can also add in a pitted date, but that might change the color a little.

  • I made this recipe and kept it in my pantry and now it is rock hard. What do I do? I would suggest putting it in the microwave for 10 seconds, taking it out, mixing it and repeating this process until it is runny again. Be careful – do not put it in the microwave for more than 10 seconds at a time or else there is a risk of it seizing up on you.

Date paste in small mason jar
Closeup of medjool dates
Date sweetened caramel sauce with spoon taken out
Closeup of date sauce