“Can I make this with coconut milk?” <– That’s the most common question I’ve received about this quick caramel dip since I first posted it. And the answer is absolutely . . . with a few tweaks. This dairy-free caramel sauce is super easy to make, lusciously thick, and full of caramel goodness.
Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:
- As a dip for sliced apples
- Drizzled over coconut milk ice cream
- As a topping for dairy-free apple pie or cheesecake
- Stirred into coffee
- Over fudgy brownies
- Tossed with hot sauteed bananas or apples
- Stirred into yogurt with a little fruit
- Poured over slow cooker apples
It’s also delicious right of the spoon, too. Now, before we dive into the recipe, one quick note:
This recipe may seem like it will make “too much” caramel . . . although one could argue that’s not actually a thing. Really, though, it condenses as it thickens, so you end up with about 2/3 – 1 cup.
I used to make just 1/2 cup and it was always gone before I got a second serving, so I started doubling each batch. 🙂
Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce Recipe (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)
- 2 cups full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup sucanat (or coconut sugar)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (how to make your own vanilla extract)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Place the coconut milk, sucanat/coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and coconut oil in a medium pot.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, whisking occasionally.
- When the caramel has simmered for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 15 minutes.
- When the caramel is done simmering, remove it from heat and stir in the salt. The caramel will thicken as it cools, and is ideally served at room temperature. If you're not planning to serve it right away, place it in the fridge and then set it out a couple of hours before you plan to serve so that it can warm to room temperature.
More Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes
Maple Carrot Cake – This recipe from my friend Jenni’s cookbook, My Paleo Patisserie, is absolutely delicious. The cake is perfectly balanced between sweetness and spice, and the dairy-free buttercream is spot on.
Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) – This easy, Southern-style peach cobbler is one my favorite summer desserts. Cinnamon, vanilla, & heaps of fresh peaches meld beautifully with the buttery, sweet topping. It’s easy to make, too. I can easily throw it together in a pinch for guests when I’m short on time.
Paleo Fudge Pops (Dairy-Free, Nut-Free) – These homemade fudge pops are luxuriously creamy & so delicious. They’re naturally sweetened & full of nourishing fats from silky, chocolately cocoa butter.