Caramel sauce is a treat I love to make during the holidays. Or anytime really! When put into small jars with cute labels, it makes for a great food gift.

I love it folded into banana cream pie, baked into carmelitas, poured over fresh apple pie, or just for dipping apples! Look for a gluten-free, dairy-free carmelitas recipe here soon!IMG_1077

Caramel sauce is also another thing I wanted to recreate to be dairy-free and refined-sugar-free. This caramel sauce is as delicious as any I’ve ever had! You would never guess it’s dairy-free. It is smooth, rich, and creamy. Not to mention, it is a cinch to make. I love the taste of salted caramel, so I always put a good pinch of salt in it.

Caramel and apple just go together! This sauce was so delicious over a flat apple pie I made this weekend. Since it is a necessary ingredient for so many of my favorite things, I’m happy to have this caramel in my life!

Easy, Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce {Gluten-Free, Paleo}

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 1 1/2 cups of caramel


  • 3/4 cup coconut milk fat
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (depending on how salty you like it, I use 1/2)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, butter, or palm shortening (I use ghee)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Place a can of coconut milk in the fridge for at least 4 hours. This allows to coconut milk fat to separate from the liquid. After it is chilled, measure out 3/4 cup of the solid part.
  2. Place the coconut milk fat, honey, palm sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the ghee and vanilla extract. The caramel will be dark in color, but will lighten up as it cools. Place in a jar and refrigerate until cool. The caramel will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week. Give it a good stir before serving. Enjoy!


*I find this brand of coconut milk has the most coconut milk fat of any brand I've tried.

*Be sure to use palm shortening if you want this to be dairy-free. I use ghee because I have a sensitivity to casein, and ghee is lactose/casein-free.

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Recipe adapted from Elana’s Pantry

4 Responses

  1. Perfect! It looks so yummy! I really must try this recipe.
    Thank you for sharing these great recipes!


  2. Sonn says:

    very nice recipe, great flavour and consistency and colour, but you might want to note that it is not dairy free if you add butter or ghee.

  3. Yessssss finally a healthier caramel sauce, thank you!!

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