Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce Recipe (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)

Heather Dessinger

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Dairy-free caramel sauce in a bowl

“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: 

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. 🙂

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Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce Recipe (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)

This dairy-free caramel sauce is super easy to make, lusciously thick, and so delicious.  Use it as a sliced dip for apples, drizzle it over coconut milk ice cream, stir it into coffee, or pour it over fudgy brownies. Makes approximately 2/3 cup.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 198kcal
Author Heather Dessinger



  • 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.


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Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 136mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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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.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world.