This dairy free caramel sauce is the perfect way to enhance any dairy free dessert. Only 5 ingredients stand in between you and this delicious vegan caramel sauce!
Caramel sauce is one of the most decadent and delicious ways to take a dessert to the next level. The sweetness and richness of this dessert is irresistible and now it’s dairy free!
That’s right. We’ve taken one of the most delicious dessert sauces that you can use and made it dairy free. Bonus: it’s vegan. This dairy free caramel sauce is so good that you’ll have a hard time not just licking it off the spoon. Saving it for the dessert you are using will prove challenging.
Now, listen, caramel is great year round. There’s never a time that it shouldn’t be caramel season. However, fall is when caramel is full blown and you must keep it around all the time. It’s great to keep a jar in the fridge just in case. However, this easy vegan caramel sauce is super simple to make even if you need it in a pinch.
Can you make caramel without milk?
Making caramel without milk is actually so much easier than you would expect. With traditional caramel sauce you need heavy cream and butter. However, with some simple steps you can make a delicious dairy free caramel sauce.
What desserts pair well with dairy free caramel sauce?
There will be no judging if you just make this recipe and literally just eat it off the spoon. However, you may want to know some recipes that pair well with dairy free caramel sauce.
Dairy Free Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 5 tablespoon vegan butter, room temperature
- ½ cup coconut cream
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- Heat sugar in pan over medium heat, stirring constantly.Sugar will clump and melt after a few mins. Careful not to burn.
- Once sugar has melted, remove from heat immediately.
- Stir in the butter and melt completely.
- Pour in coconut cream, salt and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
- Let cool completely.
- Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 30 days.
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This post was originally published on 11/2/2018 and recipe completely updated and changed on 6/16/2020.
Can I sub cashew cream for coconut cream? Try not to use coconut anything. Looks terrific!
I’m sorry we haven’t tried that and don’t know how it would turn out
First time doing caramel sauce in my whole life and this was, once again, super easy thanks to my friends from Make it Dairy Free! I think I didn’t cook my sugar for enough time but it was good for a first time try😆!
So glad that you enjoyed it!
What is the shelf life for this. Usually it is about 2 weeks for diary based cream. But having used coconut cream it should last longer right?
Probably stored 2-3 weeks. You can also freeze for up to 3 months.
Hi! Do you have a video or more details for this recipe? I’m confused as to when to pull it off the heat. I waited until the sugar was all melted, but adding the butter caused it to immediately sieze.
Yes, in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdwIIMQNEuw&t=421s
I made this recipe twice hoping the consistency would turn out like she said. It’s just water. Sugary water. I have it in the fridge and it seemed to be hardening, but it’s taking too long. It’s been in there for thirty minutes and it’s still liquid sugar. I made it for a recipe to be made by the evening and waiting on it to harden and thicken and not knowing if it will is not what the directions say. 🤷🏽♀️
Hi. We’ve never had the issue of it being liquid sugar as our original recipe would harden too much. However, we wanted to let you know the recipe has been update and we’d love you to try the new version
Could this be used as a drizzle between cake layers? I worry with your comment on it hardening
Do you think it would still turn out if I used coconut sugar in place of cane sugar to make it paleo compatible?
That shouldn’t be a problem
Do I need to heat the whole thing up for coffee or is there a easier way to get a spoonful out
If you are using it for something like that, we’d highly suggest grabbing an empty ice cube tray and then putting a spoonful in it and that way it’s easy to grab if that makes sense
That looks yummy! I can use this caramel sauce for many things. Thanks for sharing!
Yes! You can! Enjoy 🙂
Hi, would it still work if i use coconut milk instead of coconut cream?
You guys are doing job, recipes look awesome.
It needs the fatty part of the canned coconut milk.
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Thanks ever so much for mentioning my peanut butter avocado brownies! This sauce looks so delicious!
You’re so welcome! I know it would be delicious together!