Traditional caramel is typically made of butter, sugar and syrups. It’s anything but teeth friendly and in our mind, not so tasty. These date caramels are sweetened with nothing but wholesome dates and made with delicious coconut oil. You can dust them with cacao or make them more chocolatey and completely cover them with dark chocolate. It’s a satisfying and nutritious dessert with every bite.


Cacao Dusted Soft Date Caramels

Made with delicious coconut oil and sweetened with nothing but wholesome dates.
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 116 kcal


  • 15 Medjool dates presoaked
  • 2 Tbsp coconut butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
  • cacao powder for dusting
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks 70%+; melted


  1. Soak dates in hot water to soften for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add dates, coconut oil and butter, almond butter and vanilla extract to a food processor or blender and blend until you have a soft caramel consistency. You may need to add 1-2 Tbsp of water to get the blades to move.
  3. Place caramel mixture in a bowl and fold shredded coconut. Mixture will be sticky.
  4. Take about 2 teaspoons of mixture and form into balls, place on parchment paper covered dish and freeze for 2 hours.

In 2 hours take out the balls:

    For cacao dusted:

    1. Roll each ball in cacao powder. This way the ball is no longer sticky.

    For chocolate covered:

    1. Cover each ball with melted chocolate*.
    2. We like half and half.
    3. Place in freezer for another hour to set and enjoy.

    Store in the freezer. They are best consumed cold.

      Recipe Notes

      *Melt chocolate in microwave in 15 second intervals until it’s runny. Be careful that it doesn’t boil and burn.

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