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Healthier Salted Caramel Sauce that's made with coconut cream and maple syrup, can easily be made vegan and is ready in just 20 minutes. It tastes just like your favorite caramel sauce recipe, but it's a little bit better for you!
I've made this healthy caramel sauce no less than two dozen times. It's one of my fall staples to keep around the house, so when a dessert needs a little something extra, I simply drizzle it with this caramel and that usually does the trick. Feel free to browse all of my dessert recipes for some inspiration.
- A healthy caramel sauce that's primarily made with coconut cream and maple syrup
- Option to keep this dairy free + vegan
Coconut cream - Only the coconut cream part. You can use full fat coconut milk instead.
Maple syrup - Normally you can use honey in place of syrup, but for this recipe, I do NOT recommend it. You definitely need to use maple syrup.
Coconut sugar - Can sub cane sugar
Butter - Regular or dairy free
Salt - This is a salted caramel recipe, so you definitely have to add salt. I recommend starting with ½ tsp, but personally, I like adding more than that. So, do a taste test and add more as needed.
Vanilla extract - No substitutions
Coconut oil - No substitutions, though you can omit it if you don't have it
Step 1: Add ingredients to saucepan. Place the coconut cream, syrup, sugar, butter, and salt in a saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, being careful not to let it spill over.
Step 2: Simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Stir. Once the 15 minutes are up, reduce heat to low and stir continuously for 3 minutes. Remove caramel from the heat, then stir in the vanilla and caramel sauce. Then pour caramel into a glass jar and top with extra caramel sauce.
FAQs and tips
- The longer the caramel sits, the more it'll thicken. So, I highly recommend making this a day or two in advance. Just follow the instructions as written, then let it sit at room temperature, giving it a few stirs throughout the day. Sounds silly, but it works!
- If you don't do the above step, the sauce will still taste the same, but the texture just won't be as thick and caramel-y.
How should I store this?
Store caramel sauce in a glass jar/container at room temperature. If you choose to refrigerate it, it'll solidify, so you'll have to heat it back up in a saucepan before using it.
Recipes that pair well with caramel sauce
- Vegan Pumpkin Cake
- Gingerbread Cake with Caramelized Pears
- Pumpkin Hummus
- Vegan Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints
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Healthier Salted Caramel Sauce
- Add the syrup, coconut cream, butter, sugar, and salt to a saucepan. Bring mixture to a low boil and boil for 1 minute.
- Then, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Once the 15 minutes are up, reduce heat to low, then stir continuously for 3 minutes. Remove saucepan from the heat, then stir in the vanilla and coconut oil.
- Pour caramel in a jar or container and allow it to cool; Add more salt as needed.
- Note: I recommend making this sauce a day or two in advance; the longer it sits, the more it'll thicken. I also recommend giving it a few stirs throughout the day (again, will help it thicken). If it ends up being TOO thick, simply microwave it for 30 seconds.
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in October 2015. It was updated with new text and photos in September 2020.