This post is sponsored by California Dates. All images and opinions are my own.
One of the very first vegan recipes I ever tried was a date based caramel sauce. I was making it to go with dairy-free ice cream, and was excited to find something that didn’t have refined sugar and didn’t require a candy thermometer! I don’t know if you’ve ever made caramel (with cream and butter), but there’s a very small window between just perfect and burnt beyond repair lol, and for someone who is easily distracted (like me), you usually end up with the latter. Since California Dates naturally sweeten with notes of butterscotch/toffee, they make a fantastic foundation for a creamy, caramel sauce like the one I used here to top this decadent chocolate tart. They also easily replace sugar 1:1, creating refined sugar-free recipes with the added benefit of fiber and antioxidants.
Since caramel and chocolate play so well together, I decided to balance the sweet & salty flavors of the caramel with a deep, dark chocolate ganache filling and nutty chocolate crust for a dessert that’s sure to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. It’s like eating a chocolate bar in tart form!
The caramel sauce is so simple and versatile, I recommend doubling the recipe so you can have an extra batch on hand for dipping fruit, drizzling on top of ice cream, or even just eating right off of the spoon :).
9″ tart dish
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup cacao powder
6 tablespoons date paste (made from California Dates)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 13.5oz can coconut cream
12 oz. bittersweet chocolate (no sugar added)
4 tablespoons ghee* (optional, to enhance the shine and richness of the chocolate)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt
1 cup California Dates
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons almond butter
2-4 tablespoons date syrup (use more for a thinner, more pourable caramel)
If you try this cute dessert please let me know, I would love to see your version! You can learn more about California Dates by visiting DatesAreGreat.com.
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