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Dessert

Vegan Salted Caramel (Paleo, Dairy-Free)

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If you miss the taste of caramel while following a dairy-free, vegan or paleo lifestyle, no worries, this simple 4 ingredient vegan salted caramel, has got you covered.

salted caramel sauce in jar on white plate with flaked salt

Where have you been finding solace these days? Here in Pennsylvania, we’ve been pretty much in isolation for over 3 weeks. Frankly, it’s just become the norm around here. Yes, I’m scared, yes, I wish I had an answer to how and when it will end but I don’t.

I’ve been trying my hardest to focus on the things I can control. Appreciating simple, beautiful moments like the sun shining through a fresh green leaf, tiny flowers growing in my yard, birds singing and my children happily laughing, immune to the world’s problems. It’s in these moments where I can reconnect to the things that matter and let go of some of the incessant discomfort that’s buried itself inside me.

And of course there is cooking. It’s my reprieve, my escape – whatever you want to call it.

So today I wanted to give you a little sweet and salty distraction in the form of a paleo vegan salted caramel. It’s a versatile sauce you can pretty much use with any dessert you wish, from pies to cakes, dairy-free ice cream, fruit slices and more. And let’s face it, right now we could all use a little sweetness in our lives.

Coconut cream in bowl, coconut sugar in bowl, vanilla extract in bowl, salt in bowl, napkin and dried flowers

This Vegan Salted Caramel is:

  • vegan
  • paleo
  • refined sugar free
  • dairy-free
  • simple to make with just 4 ingredients
  • sweet and salty
  • rich and creamy

Ingredients for Vegan Salted Caramel

This is the easy part. Everything you’ll need for making this caramel sauce you likely already have in your pantry. Especially if you’re following a vegan , dairy-free or paleo diet.

What you’ll need is:

  • coconut cream
  • coconut sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • sea salt

Yes, that’s all you need to whip up this delicious, sticky sweet and salty caramel sauce.

Equipment needed for Vegan Salted Caramel

The only equipment you need is a small sauce pan and a storage container, such as a small glass jar. I recommend one with an airtight lid.

This is completely optional, but I did blend the coconut cream prior to adding it to the sauce pan.

Tips and Substitutions

Coconut cream – If you’re unable to find coconut cream in your local store or online, you can use evaporated coconut milk. It’s thick like coconut cream and will yield similar results. Coconut cream typically comes in a 13.6 oz can while evaporated coconut milk comes in a 12.2 oz can. So adjust sugar to be slightly below 2/3 cup. Unless you don’t mind the extra sweetness.

Vanilla extract – if you don’t have vanilla extract handy but have vanilla pods, just use one pod and discard it once caramel sauce has thickened. Alternatively, you could leave it out entirely if you’re unable to find vanilla.

Sea salt – I recommend using a flaked salt such as Maldon, but if you don’t have any flaked salt, sea salt will be just fine. Start with a pinch and work from there, depending on how salty you like your caramel.

When simmering the caramel sauce, be sure to stay close to the stove and stir regularly to ensure even cooking. After about 20-25 minutes, you will start to notice the caramel sauce thickening. You can either add salt then or wait until the caramel has cooled completely.

Storing Vegan Salted Caramel

As mentioned before, the best way to store the caramel sauce is in a small mason jar with an air-tight lid. A little goes a long way, so you’ll likely have leftovers. The caramel sauce will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Ways to serve Vegan Salted Caramel

You can pair salted caramel sauce with pretty much anything you like, but these are some of my favorite options.

  • dairy-free ice cream
  • paleo crepes
  • fruit slices
  • pies
  • cakes
  • coffee
  • dark chocolate

And here are some recipes you may enjoy:

salted caramel sauce dripping from spoon into jar
salt being added to caramel sauce, bowl of coconut sugar and dried flowers
caramel sauce in jar on plate with spoon next to it
Yield: 26

Vegan Salted Caramel

Vegan Salted Caramel

If you miss the taste of caramel while following a dairy-free, vegan or paleo lifestyle, no worries, this simple 4 ingredient vegan salted caramel, has got you covered.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Instructions

  1. Combine coconut cream, coconut sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Reduce heat and continue simmering for 25 minutes stirring regularly.
  3. Let caramel cool in saucepan and add a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Transfer to air-tight container and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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