Isn’t it amazing that something like salted caramel could be transformed into a healthy, raw vegan treat? Yes, yes it is. We love making something as classically unhealthy as salted caramel into a healthy recipe. Not only is there no added sugar in this recipe, but it also contains real fruit and whole natural ingredients. Even the almond milk is homemade! You can get a recipe for the almond milk by clicking here.
The trick to making raw vegan caramel comes down to one ingredient: dates. Dates have a natural caramel-like flavor, so all you need to do to create a salted caramel smoothie is add a few more ingredients into the mix. Now that the caramel flavor is sorted, you need ingredients to bulk up the smoothie. Banana is always an excellent go-to ingredient to make smoothies thick and creamy. Plus, bananas offer a pleasant sweetness that enhances the caramel flavor from the date.
If you want to expand the nutritional profile of this smoothie, you can add a spoonful of raw almond butter. This addition will also add more protein and healthy fats, making the smoothie more filling. It’s completely optional, so you can choose your own destiny. This smoothie also contains a little ground flaxseed, which offers omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and lots of fiber. Using ground flaxseed in a smoothie is better than adding whole flax seeds. The reason for this is because you may not blend up the flax seeds at all, but the ground version is easily incorporate with the rest of the ingredients.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 1 1/2 bananas, peeled and frozen overnight
- 1 c homemade almond milk
- 4 large dates, pitted
- 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp. raw almond butter (optional)
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Make sure that all of the dates are fully incorporated because you don\'t want to slurp up a large date piece. That would be sweetness overload!
- Pour into a large cup or two cups and top with optional sprinkle of ground flaxseed or chopped date. Enjoy!