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Date & Honey Caramel Sticks ~ Gluten & Dairy-Free

Date & Honey Caramel Sticks are fun to make and a bit healthier than most caramel-type treats. I discovered this tasty, healthier caramel accidentally while I was making a new snack bar.

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date & honey caramel sticks

You will need just 4 ingredients and a food processor. Then your choice of chopped nuts and/or coconut (sweetened or unsweetened) will be to roll them in. Drizzle melted chocolate overall for a final touch.

These need to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.  Try this sometime…after they are frozen, dip them in peanut butter. Oh, so good!

date and honey caramels

To Make Date & Honey Caramel Sticks, You Will Need These Ingredients:

  • Dates with pits removed. I used Medjool.
  • Honey
  • Almond butter.
  • Chocolate chips are optional for drizzle. Allergy-friendly if needed, like Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.



If you are a peanut butter lover like me…after these are frozen, dip the end in some peanut butter and take a big bite!!

** Note this ~ The oldest honey you have works best because it’s thicker.  It will make a firmer caramel stick.

Enjoy! Try this healthy date recipe, too; it’s a favorite in my kitchen. Peanut butter maple date bites.

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Date & Honey Caramel Sticks

A fun and delicious way to make healthy caramel treats that are gluten and dairy-free.
Prep Time10 minutes
freeze30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, dessert, egg-free, gluten-free, healthy candy, healthy snacks
Author: Mary Krick


  • 5-8 dates with pits removed. I used Medjool.
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Chocolate chips are optional for drizzle. gluten & dairy-free type
  • 1/2 cup almond butter


  • Add the dates first and whip up in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them up well in the food processor.
  • **Start with 5 or 6 dates; if you want a thinker consistency, add the rest. I found that different brands of honey and nut butter gave me a different result. You can decide at the very end.
  • Lay wax paper on a cookie sheet. Make caramel sticks using about 1 1/2-2 Tbsp of the mixture—roll in chopped nuts or coconut, or both.
  • Freeze for about 30 min or until firm. Melt some chocolate chips for drizzle if desired.  Wrap each caramel in a small amount of wax paper and store them in the freezer.

date & honey caramel sticks. homemade healthy candy










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