Raw Caramel Dip

Raw Caramel Dip


Ember Sparkles via Green Plate Rule

Life is busy with a new puppy, but only two weeks after adopting I can’t imagine life without Ember.  She’s cuddly, playful and so smart!  She is half lab, so she’s wild at times and loves to chew, but there is already a lot of energy in this house, so she fits right in.  My parents told me about a labrador adoption / rescue group several months ago, so I started following the on Facebook.  Puppy after puppy showed up on their Facebook page along with a description.  Occasionally, the words, “we rescued him from a kill shelter”, would appear in the description.  My heart broke instantly seeing those cruel words next to a beautiful, innocent face.  I had no idea when I would feel ready to go forward with an adoption, but like almost everything else I do, I trusted the right time would come.  It was a week before Christmas when three black labs popped up on the page, and I could not wait any longer.

There was nothing different about this litter that made me say this has to be the one, but something in me said fill out the application and see if it happens.  I filled out the application, one week before Christmas, and received an email the next day!  There was one puppy left — a 7 week old female, and the foster family named her Ember.  I had to read the email several times before I believed it.  Ember!  Just a couple days prior, I was accepted into the yoga teacher training at the yoga studio I practice at….Ember Hot Yoga.  This is no coincidence…Ember was meant for us!  Of course, we had the option to change her name, but we did not.  The girls did give her the middle name, Sparkles….Ember Sparkles.  We met her the Friday before Christmas, and brought her home about an hour later.  The newest addition to the family was such a perfect fit, it felt as if she had been here for months.

Thank you, Labrador Friends of the South for taking such amazing care of these dogs and working tirelessly to make sure they find their forever home!


A litte bit about Ember:

  • The excuse “the dog ate it” is now legit in my house.
  • She loves shoes, just like the other little ladies in the house.
  • Her favorite spots — the rug in front of the kitchen sink, under the girls’ bed, outside, and curled up in my lap to nap.
  • If you need a hole dug in your yard let me know, I have a dog that would happily do it in exchange for a treat.
  • She knows “sit”, “eat”, and “outside”.

Why we chose to adopt before going to a breeder:

  • We would save a life by providing a home to an animal in need.  Between 3 and 4 MILLION cats and dogs are euthanized EACH YEAR!
  • It is much more affordable.  To go to breeder you could spend thousands of dollars.  We spent less than $200 and came home with a healthy, happy, well-behaved, beautiful puppy.
  • It taught the girls a lesson to help others and not spend money to get what you think might be “perfect”.  Everyone has this idea that going to a breeder you’ll get the perfect pet, but nothing is created perfect and with a guarantee.  It is what you make it, not what you pay for it.

Please consider adopting!!  You’ll feel good knowing you saved a life.

I mentioned on Facebook a few weeks ago that I’ve been snacking on this….

Almond Stuffed Dates

Super sweet dates stuffed with crunchy almonds….it’s like having candy!  After weeks of snacking on this, I decided to try it in a new form.  Into the food processor went some dates, almond butter, and a little vanilla extract.  Not exactly the texture I was looking for, but the flavor was so incredible!  Next go ’round, I soaked the dates first — now we’re talking!!  It was smooth and sweet.  The kid inside me was jumping up and down because it reminded me of caramel dip…oh, the possibilities!!  I still droll over the caramel apples lined up at a candy store.  It was a childhood favorite, but even as an adult I can hardly resist those gooey, sweet apples.

Raw Caramel Dip

This dip will be great for anyone working on getting more real food into their diet.  Use it to dip apple slices, grapes, celery, you could add a little to a smoothie for some extra sweetness, and it’s great to pack in a school lunch!  This will be made often in my house!

Happy Friday!

Raw Caramel Dip
5.0 from 1 reviews
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 6
  • 1 cup pitted dates (soaked in water for at least 1 hour)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup water (you could use the water the dates soaked in)
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
  • pinch of salt
  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth, 1 – 2 minutes — add more water or milk, if needed.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.



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8 comments… read them below or add one

Christine January 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Absolutely adorable! Congrats on the new family addition – I’ve been wanting to adopt a puppy and still haven’t been in the right “space” for one, so seeing this little pup warmed my heart! Thank you for adopting as well, enjoy!


Mary Jane January 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

We adopted a yellow lab/golden mix in May who was a rescue, and I feel the same way, we can’t imagine life without her! She has brought so much joy to our house. Have fun with Ember! You will love it!


Emily Koleos January 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I am so happy you adopted a black dog. Did you know they are put down more than any other dog and they suffer more abuse than another color. As you saw from our Christmas card, we also adopted another dog. She is also half lab and had been in the high kill shelter for almost a year. The workers kept moving her each time dogs were put down until she had hours left and “you lucky dog rescue” took her and I knew the instant I saw her she was ours. Makes me tear up typing this. We have have 180 pounds of dog in our house and Ruby used to dig all the time too but I couldn’t imagine it any other way. The rescue group posted our Christmas card to their fb page and the workers from the high kill shelter all commented that they were so happy to finally see a happy ending. We were never in the market for a 2nd dog so you can’t deny those signs when you see them. Good luck with yoga!


Amber January 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I am going to make this dip with the MaraNatha maple sugar almond butter and then I’m going to die happy. Thank you for this great recipe.


Katharine in Brussels January 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Congratulations to your family and Ember, and thanks for sharing your lovely recipe.


Allison January 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

This dip is amazing! I made it with homemade sunbutter and coconut milk due to my son’s nut allergy. It tastes so good! I love your website! I’ve been making the peppermint patty smoothie as a treat some evenings and its so delicious.


greenplaterule January 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for sharing your substitutions! That’s so helpful for anyone else looking for some changes. Glad you enjoyed! :)


Jennifer June 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

Oh My gosh! She is ADORABLE! Her/Your story made me tear up (We have a Black Lab named BLISS and she is the love of my life – so I get it!) Congrats and Thank YOU so much for (1) adopting and (2) for all the lovely recipes – I’ve printed 10 from your site alone and appreciate the effort and love you put into each one! Best of luck and THANKS (once again!) Jennifer


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