Date Caramel Crispy Bites


Last Updated on August 4, 2021

Sweet, salty and crispy date caramel bites! Plant-based and made with minimal ingredients that you likely have lying around. They’re the perfect sweet fix for your daily sweet tooth.

Date Caramel

Date caramel is one of my favorite things to make with dates! I use it in my vegan snickers bar recipe, and love to use it as a naturally sweetened binder for my desserts.

These crispy date caramel bites are made with the simplest ingredients, and are the perfect little bite to stock your freezer with. I shared a variation of these on my Instagram feed a while ago, and knew they needed a place on the blog.

date caramel

They’re naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and are one of the easiest desserts to make.

These date caramel crispy bites are sweet, crunchy, and made with less than 10 ingredients. I love using almond butter in my date caramel for a subtle taste, but feel free to swap crunchy peanut butter for a peanut butter version!

date caramel

These crispy bites are made with the simplest ingredients like dates, almond butter, and crispy rice cereal.

How to make date caramel crispy bars

1. Prepare the date caramel

Add the dates, plant-based milk and almond butter to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. This process may take a while since you want to be sure to scrape down the sides of the blender so that the dates get nice and smooth.

2. Mix in the crispy rice cereal

Once your date caramel is ready, mix it in a bowl with the crispy rice cereal.

3. Shape into bites and freeze

Using a cookie scoop, scoop out 2 tbsp worth of the mixture onto a parchment lined tray. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can use wet hands to roll them! Once they’re all rolled out, set them in the freezer to harden for 40 minutes.

4. Coat in melted dark chocolate

Once the bites are frozen, dip each one in melted dark chocolate and top with a little flakey sea salt.

The texture of these bites is similar to a crunch bar, but with some added caramel-like flavor from the medjool dates.

The crispy rice cereal truly adds the best texture to this dessert. I highly suggest using a crispy cereal over a puffed cereal- the results will not be the same!

The bites are the perfect little sweet & salty fix made with minimal ingredients. They’re a fun dessert to have around, and can be made with any nut butter you like!

I can’t wait to hear what you think 🙂

If you’re looking for more ideas for what to do with dates, check out some of these recipes below!

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Birthday Cake Energy Bites

Vegan Chocolate Tart with a Walnut Crust

Date Caramel Crispy Bites

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Course: Sweets


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  • 2 cups 2 Medjool dates, pitted

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 natural almond butter

  • 3 cups 3 crispy rice cereal

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 plant-based milk

  • 3 tbsp 3 water

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp 1 coconut oil


  • Pulse the dates, almond butter, pinch of salt and plant-based milk in your blender for about 1 minute to chop up the dates.
  • Add in the water by the tablespoon and continue blending until the mixture smoothens, making sure to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. It should take about 2 minutes.
  • Once the texture reaches a thick, smooth paste transfer it to a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour in the crispy rice cereal and mix well until evenly incorporated.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a two tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the batter onto the parchment lined tray. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can wet your hands and roll the bites by hand.
  • Once all of the batter is scooped out, freeze the bites for 40 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil in 30 second increments in the microwave until smooth.
  • Dip each bite into the melted chocolate and place it back on the sheet pan. Top with flakey sea salt and freeze for an additional 20 minutes to harden.
  • Keep stored in freezer for up to 3 months.

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  1. These are so good, I make them all the time. I like to have them in the freezer all the time for a snack!

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