Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
In the past I have been tempted by some of the "caramel syrups" and such on the market, but a lot of the time, the ingredients are horrible and mostly made up of artificial ingredients. Ick. I have used dates to make a caramel-type spread before, but have never added in mesquite powder. I think this is what took the caramel spread to the next level! Mesquite is high in protein and also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. It gives a slight caramel-type taste, which is why it works great here, and also in smoothies, desserts and the like!
I imagine mesquite is something that most people will not have in their kitchen, but this recipe will absolutely work without it. I'm not sure if health food stores sell mesquite in bulk, but if they do, perhaps you could get a few tablespoons of it to try out to see if you like it before purchasing a whole bag of it. :)
This spread works great on apple slices, or whole apples for a healthy caramel apple, with chocolate, in oatmeal, topping on desserts, fillings, added to a smoothie...
EDIT: I forgot to mention how darn delicious this is. Sooo good!
- 15 pitted dates, soaked for a few minutes and drained
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 tbs mesquite powder
- 1 tbs coconut oil, liquid form
- 1 tbs natural peanut butter / almond butter
- Blend everything together until smooth and creamy and gooey, like caramel! You can try adding a tsp or two of water if you want it less thick. Store in the fridge! It only takes a couple of minutes to soften when removed from the fridge, but it never fully hardens.
- Since this is all made of fresh ingredients, I'd try to use it up in 3-5 days. Half the recipe if you don't want to risk making too much. This probably makes around 1/2 cup? I should really pay more attention to those details haha... I know people appreciate knowing. I'll keep that in mind for next time! Ramble ramble.