Coconut Caramel Candy


3 ingredient coconut caramel candy – no sugar added!

How pretty are these coconut caramels? They’re firm but also slightly gooey and they’re perfectly chewy. This gluten-free and dairy-free coconut caramel candy tastes just  like… candy! The best part is that they’re made from fruit! You only need three ingredients to make these sweet caramels:

  1. Medjool dates
  2. Shredded coconut
  3. Coconut oil

When you make these caramels, you’ll first need to melt your coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. Then, add the chopped dates and saute the fruit. This will help soften the dates and eventually, the dates will melt into each other to form a soft fudge. Add the shredded coconut and then shape the fudge while it’s still warm. Allow it to set in the fridge and once it hardens, cut the date fudge into little caramels. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised after you make these paleo caramels. Sauteing the dates will change the flavor and texture of the fruit. Dates are so sweet and cooking them just caramelizes them further. I think these taste best when eaten at room temperature – when they’re nice and soft.

Interested in more date recipes? Try my 2-ingredient caramels and this pretty date and nut no-bake cookie.

Coconut Caramel Candy

3 ingredient coconut caramel candy – no sugar added!

Coconut Caramel Candy

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  • Remove pits from dates and then chop dates into small pieces.
  • Add coconut oil to a saucepan on medium heat and then add chopped dates. Saute for about five minutes – add shredded coconut flakes and saute for another minute or until dates soak up most of the oil.
  • Flatten the pliable date fudge between two sheets of parchment paper or with a spatula.
  • Put in the fridge to cool for an hour.
  • Remove and cut into caramel squares.
  • Let it cool to room temperature and eat like candy!
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  1. Ilanit says

    Are we supposed to use fresh dates or dry? I tried using dry but my dates just sauteed and eventually burned in the pan…

  2. Elizabeth G. says

    I love recipes like this one. I love that the ingredients list is short and the ingredients are healthy. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Mary Beth Elderton says

    This recipe looks wonderful! It fits exactly with what we re trying to do with our diet–clean, whole, simple foods.

  4. Beth says

    I will be trying this recipe this weekend. My husband loves all things with dates, and I love all things with coconut 🙂

  5. Katherine says

    This will be great! Nice and simple. My kids and I often make a similar recipe, adding chopped nuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and raw cacao powder–yummy!!! They are lucky if they get any!!!

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