1. Soak pitted dates for 30 minutes to 1 hour. If they are very dry, they may need to soak longer.
2. Combine ingredients in a small blender or food processor.
3. Puree until smooth.
4. Store in fridge.
It will thicken up a bit as it chills in the fridge. It will, however, still be pourable, perfect for drizzling over banana crepes, apples, fruit, or a healthier dessert or ice cream. If you want a thicker sauce, add less coconut milk.
I have had very dry and old dates before, that I had to soak overnight to soften up enough to blend, don't ask me how long I had them...
You can use water in place of the coconut milk, but it won't be as creamy. You can also use all coconut milk in place of the water, which will yield a really creamy delicious caramel that is light in color and flavor.