salted caramel sauceThis salted caramel sauce is sweet, gooey, and so easy to make. There’s no heating and melting to precise temperatures and no danger of sugar crystallization. The best part? You’ll want to drizzle this caramel sauce on everything! The recipe is vegan (dairy-free), grain-free (gluten-free), soy-free, nut-free, and refined sugar-free.

Caramel is delicious. The simple combination of sugar and water cooked until it has a golden-brown color is great by itself and as a basis for many interesting dishes. 

However, making caramel at home can be stressful. for certain kinds, you stir it, and it’s ruined. For other types, you don’t stir it enough, and it’s ruined. You cook it too long, it’s ruined. You don’t cook it long enough, it’s ruined. And I can’t forget about the precisely defined temperatures you need to adhere to – you accidentally heat it above 350°F/176.7°C, and it’ll start to smell burnt; you don’t heat it enough, and you won’t be able to achieve the proper color and caramelization.

Well, let me assure you that this salted caramel sauce is different.

You don’t have to stir it until the very end, the cooking time depends entirely on how thick you want the caramel to be (no right or wrong), and perhaps most importantly – no candy thermometer required!

Ready to learn how to make easy salted caramel sauce?

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Tips for Making Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

Traditional caramel sauce typically consists of sugar, cream, and butter. Since this salted caramel sauce is dairy-free, it relies on coconut products instead.

  • Coconut sugar: granulated sugar is the best type of sugar for making caramel. I use coconut sugar because it’s mostly comprised of sucrose, which gives it a sweet, caramel-like flavor with notes of toffee.
  • Coconut milk: you can use either full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. I prefer full-fat coconut milk because the liquid part helps the sugar dissolve and reduces the risk of burning the caramel.
  • Vanilla extract: vanilla – be it vanilla extract or vanilla paste – is entirely optional but provides depth and elevates the flavor.
  • Salt: it wouldn’t be salted caramel without salt. Salt is great at bringing out contrasts. Caramel, while sweet, has no inherent contrasting notes. For salted caramel sauce, I like to add ½ tsp. of salt (as the recipe is written), but I recommend starting with ⅛ tsp. and adjusting to taste.

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How to Make Salted Caramel Sauce

While this caramel sauce does require a stovetop, it’s so easy to make that you’ll be questioning why you ever made caramel any other way. 

  1. Mix. Add the coconut sugar, coconut milk, vanilla, and salt to a saucepan and stir it to combine.
  2. Simmer. Bring the caramel sauce to a boil over medium heat, and then immediately turn the heat down to low. Let the sauce gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and turns amber, for about 30 minutes. After the 30-minute mark, stir the caramel more frequently to incorporate the darker caramel from the bottom and the sides of the saucepan, and continue to simmer until the caramel has reached your desired consistency, for about 10 more minutes. The caramel sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

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How to Serve Caramel Sauce

Caramel sauce is the perfect topping for so many things! You can pour it over vanilla ice cream, drizzle it over brownies, use it as a dip for apples, or stir it into yogurt.

Here’s to always having a jar of homemade salted caramel sauce in your refrigerator!

How to Store Caramel Sauce

  • Refrigerating: once the caramel has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it for 2-3 weeks.
  • Freezing: once the soup has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container (leaving a little bit of room for expansion) and freeze it for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: caramel sauce solidifies in the refrigerator, so it needs to be reheated on the stove. To reheat caramel sauce, transfer it into a saucepan and reheat it over low heat, stirring constantly, until warm.

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More Vegan Caramel Recipes

  • Date caramel: this vegan caramel is sweet, caramel-y, thick, and creamy. It’s perfect for dipping, spreading, or enjoying by the spoonful!

If you try any of these recipes, please, leave a comment and rate the recipe below. It always means a lot when you do.

salted caramel sauce
5 from 3 votes

Salted Caramel Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 (2-Tbsp.) servings
This date caramel sauce is sweet, gooey, and so easy to make. There's no heating and melting to precise temperatures and no danger of sugar crystallization. The best part? You'll want to drizzle this caramel sauce on everything!

Ingredients
 

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Mix. Add the coconut sugar, coconut milk, vanilla, and salt to a saucepan and stir it to combine.
  • Simmer. Bring the caramel sauce to a boil over medium heat, and then immediately turn the heat down to low. Let the sauce gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and turns amber, for about 30 minutes. After the 30-minute mark, stir the caramel more frequently to incorporate the darker caramel from the bottom and the sides of the saucepan, and continue to simmer until the caramel has reached your desired consistency, for about 10 more minutes. The caramel sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.
  • Store. Leftover caramel sauce keeps well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. For longer-term storage, freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat. Caramel sauce solidifies in the refrigerator, so it needs to be reheated on the stove. To reheat caramel sauce, transfer it into a saucepan and reheat it over low heat, stirring constantly, until warm.

Notes

*Nutrition information is approximate and may contain errors. Please, feel free to make your own calculations.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 8, Calories: 35kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sugar: 7g, Calcium: 0mg, Iron: 0mg
Course: Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keywords: caramel sauce, caramel sauce recipe, dairy-free caramel sauce, salted caramel sauce, vegan caramel sauce