I have no concept of seasons over here in Mexico, but I hear it is getting a little cooler back in my home state of Pennsylvania. Since it is eternally hot here, I decided to make these Vegan Skinny Salted Caramel Frappuccinos to cool me down a bit after my 25 minute walk to and from where I am doing my research.
I have been wanting to make date caramel for a long time now and, let me tell you, it is exactly what it’s hyped up to be. I made this salted caramel for frappuccinos two days ago and its already all gone…yikes. The salty flavor adds a great contrast to a any coffee drink- a frappuccino or an iced latte. If you are already in full fall mode, I think this caramel would work great in a hot latter or stirred into your morning cup of coffee. I haven’t tried it warm yet, so let me know if you do!
Once I made this, I started imagining all the ways I could use the caramel and things got a little out of hand in my mind. If you omit the cooking step, this date caramel is raw and still delicious, just not as thick. And if you would like to make plain caramel, just reduce the salt to a pinch.
Happy coffee drinking!
Vegan Skinny Salted Caramel Frappuccino
2/3 cup dates, chopped
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla coconut almond milk)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup coffee, brewed and cooled overnight or for at least a few hours
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (used vanilla coconut almond milk)
5-8 ice cubes
2 heaping spoonfuls of salted caramel
- To make the salted caramel: Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add the mixture to a small pot and reduce over low heat, stirring constantly for 5-10 minutes or until it thickens and reduces to about half the amount (1/2 cup).
- To make the frappuccino: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until ice is completely crushed.
Note: I chopped the dates and then measured them. The amount of salted caramel in the frappuccino is up to how sweet you will want it and can be used as just a reference. This may make slightly more than 2 servings, but you can store any leftovers in the fridge and drink as an iced latte later.
Nutritional information is based on using unsweetened vanilla coconut almond milk for both the caramel and the frappuccino.
Serving Size: 1 Calories: 89.5 Fat: 2.5 g Carbohydrates: 16.3 g Protein: 1 g Fiber: 1.4 g Sugar: 13.4 g