I’ve had a container of dates in my pantry since May and have had no inspiration to cook with them. I know they’re great to substitute in breads and baked goods but I hadn’t come across the right recipe, until now. Averie over at Love Veggies and Yoga posted a Raw Vegan Caramels recipe and I had to try it for myself. They definitely have the caramel texture and flavor with much less sugar and plenty of fiber. I’m sure somehow we’ll manage to choke them down.
I do strongly urge using a food processor. My blender didn’t quite do the trick. It allows small amounts to get stuck under the blades which makes it almost impossible to completely puree/chop something. Someday I’ll get a food processor, someday. At least I didn’t have another hummus fiasco!
adapted from: Love Veggies and Yoga
- 1/2 cup pine nuts (I used raw but roasted would work just as well)
- 3/4 cup sweet dates (pitted)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of kosher salt