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Salted Caramel Dip (grain free, dairy free, egg free, GAPS-legal)

One of the moms at my MOPS table posted a link for a caramel dip from My New Roots on FB recently.  It looked super easy and sounded good.  Plus it’s sugar free and GAPS legal!!  Last week I finally got around to buying dates so I could try it.  I made it yesterday morning.  It was very easy to make.  And it’s good!!  Honestly I like it better plain than using it for an apple dip.  Although I did really enjoy it last night as a dip for dried apple chips.  It’s a great way to get your sugar fix without actually eating sugar.  I’m glad I tried this.  It’s a healthy, delicious treat.  Plus I discovered that I love dates!!  And they are great natural sweeteners.  I will be using dates more often for sure.  I even reserved the soaking liquid and have been using it to sweeten smoothies and drinks.

Unfortunately Rebecca doesn’t like it.  I think it’s a texture issue with her.  I’m guessing if I made it a bit thicker (increased the ratio of nuts to dates) she’d like it.  Maybe I’ll try that next time.

This is a great treat for breakfast, a snack or a dessert.

This post is linked to Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager.

Salted Caramel Dip
Makes 2 cups

2 cups pitted Medjool dates
¼ cup raw nut or seed butter (almond, cashew, sesame tahini, sunflower) (I used some whole crispy almonds and some natural crunchy peanut butter…I used more than 1/4 cup)
4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
½ tsp. sea salt (or more to taste)
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (I used a little splash of homemade vanilla)
soaking water as needed

1. Soak dates for at least 4 hours in water.
2. Drain dates, reserving the soak water**.
3. Add dates to a food processor along with all other ingredients, except for soaking water. Blend on high until dates are smooth. Add soaking water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached (for a sauce to pour or drizzle, add more water).
4. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to a week.

**Reserve remaining soaking water to use as a simple syrup/sweetener.

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