Somebody please ban me from making this highly addictive, Paleo Salted “Caramel” Dip again. We started by dipping the only two apples we had left, moved on to our last pear and then just used our finger to scoop out the rest.
This dip is dairy-free, refined sugar-free and it took me less than 5 minutes to make. I have a Vitamix blender so it makes blending dates a little bit easier. However, if you are using a regular blender you may have to soak the dates in the coconut milk for an hour or so to soften them. A few variations can be easily made to this recipe: you can add a little bit of cinnamon, or omit the salt and add unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder. Also, since dates are already sweet, you can omit the maple syrup and decrease the amount of salt. Another option is you can also replace it for raw honey as well, but ultimately, the maple syrup is what gives it the caramel taste.
I know that lately it seems like all I eat are desserts. Honestly, I only have a treat once or twice per week, but lately my meals haven’t really been very elaborate, I usually just throw whatever vegetables and meat I have into a pot or slow cooker with some spices and make stews or soup. Nothing blog worthy! Although last night I made the best red wine braised oxtail with a garlic-celery root puree, but by judging everyone’s reaction over the liver recipe I posted a few months back, I am assuming that not a lot of people are interested in these cuts of meat. Right?
1/2 cup dates, packed (about 12 deglet dates)
1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk, BPA free canned or homemade
2 tbsp of maple syrup
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1/3 to 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- Soak the dates in the coconut milk for about an hour, if you have a high power blender you can skip this step.
- Put the dates, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup and half of the coconut milk in a blender, and turn it on medium speed, start pouring the coconut milk until you get desired consistency. You may not need to add all the coconut milk.
- For a thinner dip add more coconut milk.