This Healthier Salted Caramel Sauce is made from maple syrup and coconut cream, is extremely smooth and takes just 30 minutes to make from start to finish.
K soooooo none of these photos do this caramel sauce justice. Ya see, I’ve seen my fair share of caramel sauce recipes this fall. I knew I wanted to make my own and I knew I wanted it to be healthy, but I wanted it to be GOOD. Not like “oh that’s good for being healthy” good, like GOOD GOOD. You know I’m a huge date caramel fan so I definitely considered going that route, but ultimately decided that I wanted the real deal.
Before I keep chatting about caramel, I want to rant. Well, not rant rant, but I need to tell a story. Why? Because you guys are the best listeners.
So yesterday Layla and I were on our afternoon walk per the usual. Side note: she gets really excited around certain people randomly. People she knows of course, but certain strangers too. We walked by this house and a man was standing outside his house. Layla immediately started freaking out from excitement (like, whyyyyyy) and so the man started up a conversation. He asked me what kind of dog, where I got her, how old…typical questions. We continued the conversation for a couple of minutes when he started walking toward the sidewalk where Layla and I were standing. Layla was still super pumped and clearly wanted to say hi to him and I assumed he wanted to pet her since we had just been talking about her for a strange amount of time.
But NO. Instead he says, “Oh no get that thing away from me. I don’t want to smell like dog.”
WHAAAAAAAAT. Then why were you acting interested in my dog if you hate dogs?!
I then proceeded to analyze this moment for a stupid amount of time. Dude: get out of here. Kthnxbyeeeeeee.
[insert smooth transition like never] So, about this caramel sauce..
It’s smooth—much smoother than my transitions. I opted to use maple syrup and coconut cream as the base. I experimented four other ways and liked this one the best. I tried using a ton of butter but decided that wasn’t the route I wanted to take, and I also tried using a ton of coconut sugar but thought it tasted a little too coconut-y for my liking. This recipe is simple as can be and takes approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. You’ll want to put the ingredients in the pan and stir occasionally, but you really don’t need to be attentive until the final seven minutes or so.
Last but not least, I didn’t call this “healthy caramel sauce” because there are healthier versions out there. I like to think this is a nice in between—pretty healthy but with a dab of butter and sugar. Aka how every “sweet” recipe should be, amiright?
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup coconut cream
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp butter*
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar**
- ¼ tsp salt
- Place all ingredients into a pot over the stovetop and bring to a boil, stirring so that everything is combined.
- Once mixture starts boiling, turn heat on low and simmer mixture for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 25 minutes, stir the caramel continuously for the remaining 5 minutes, allowing it to thicken.
- Pour caramel in a jar or container and allow it to cool; this will help the caramel thicken up a bit too.
Q: Ever made your own caramel sauce? What did you use as the base? …I’m genuinely curious since I tried it so many ways!