Hi friends, did you know you can make caramel from something healthy? Yup. You guys know I love making decadent-tasting recipes that are actually healthy. And I have a winner for you today! I’m sharing a Healthy Salted Caramel Smoothie Recipe. And guess what? There’s no added sugar! Yup, we’re going to make this little treat with fruit.
Salted caramel has been a thing for like…forever. But I don’t know what hit me the other day, but I was craving the rich, sweet caramel taste paired with a salty twist. It really is an amazing combo.
The thing was…I wanted to see if I could do it in a healthy way. And guess what? You can. I did. And it’s not that hard. I’ll show you how you can too! You only need a couple common ingredients.
Healthy Caramel Recipe
The trick is making healthy caramel. The solution – dates. Yes. Dates.
Have you heard of date caramel? It’s a thing. This blogger put date caramel to the test in case you’re curious about straight-up date caramel. But today, we’re just using the flavor profile to bring this Healthy Salted Caramel Smoothie Recipe to life.
Think about it. Dates have a natural caramel-y flavor. So all we need is a few more ingredients to smoothie-fy this.
Other Healthy Salted Caramel Smoothie Recipe Ingredients
So now that we have the caramel flavor figured out, what else do we need? Salt. Duh.
But also some health-boosting ingredients to bulk up the smoothie. I mean you don’t want a cup of salted date caramel only, right?
Banana is my go-to smoothie ingredient because it provides volume and natural sweetness without a lot of flavor. This allows the taste of your other ingredients to stand out. Add in some non-dairy milk, and I think we have it folks.
You can also add a spoonful of nut butter if you want to expand the nutrition profile and/or make this a bit more filling. Up to you!
Oh and I added in some ground flaxseed to amp up the nutrition value. But it’s totally optional. I usually have some in my freezer, so it’s easy to add into smoothies.
- 1½ frozen bananas
- 1 cup non-dairy milk of choice
- 4 large dates, pitted (or use 5 small)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, optional
- 1 tablespoon nut butter, optional
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- Place bananas, milk, dates, flaxseed (if using), nut butter (if using), and salt in a blender.
- Cover and blend until ingredients are processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Optional: garnish with a sprinkle of ground flaxseed and a date*.
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Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy this Healthy Salted Caramel Smoothie Recipe!2