Everyone needs a good caramel in their life, right? This is my new favourite keto caramel sauce recipe. It’s made with allulose, which is hands down the best sweetener for caramel. This dairy-free, low carb caramel sauce is so smooth, it will blow your mind.
Homemade caramel sauce is one of those things that make life just... better. You can pour it over almond cream cheese pancakes or keto waffles. You can drizzle it over sugar free ice cream and sugar free cheesecake. And you can simply add a teaspoon to your morning yoghurt.
This sauce is just 1.7 grams of net carbs per tablespoon. Plus, it is super smooth.
You only need 4 ingredients for the recipe:
Coconut cream - This is the firm part from a can of coconut milk. Simply put a can of coconut milk in the fridge. This will cause the liquid to separate from the cream and you can scoop it out. For a dairy version, use heavy cream or double cream.
Coconut oil - Helps to thicken the caramel. For a version with dairy, use butter.
Allulose - This sugar substitute is zero calorie and zero carb. It does not re-crystallise like erythritol based sweeteners. This means extra smooth caramel!
Vanilla extract - Make sure it is sugar free.
Optional: Add a pinch of sea salt for salted caramel sauce.
This section contains step-by-step instructions and photos that show how to make this recipe. See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities
It couldn't be easier to make a keto caramel sauce. Here are the basic steps:
Step 1: Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and melt over medium heat until bubbles start to appear.
Step 2: Reduce to a low heat. Let the caramel simmer and stir regularly with a ballon whisk. It is ready once it has thickened slightly and coats the back of a spoon.
Step 3: Fill into a jar.
Just like with regular caramel, the consistency and colour of sugar-free caramel depends on the cooking length.
- Runny, spoonable and lighter caramel takes around 5 - 7 minutes.
- Thicker, darker caramel takes 7 - 10 minutes.
Just keep in mind that it continues to thicken as it cools to room temperature.
Yes. Bocha Sweet or xylitol are also good for caramel, although allulose does give the smoothest result. The next best option are powdered erythritol based sweeteners. Go for a brown sugar replacement like Swerve gold or a golden monk fruit sweetener blend such as Lakanto gold for that caramel taste. You'll have to powder it before using. It will re-crystallise a little once the caramel cools.
Yes. Replace the coconut cream with heavy whipping cream and use 3 tablespoons of butter instead of the coconut oil. The recipe steps remain the same. The nutrition changes to 1.5g net carbs and 127 calories per serving.
If you overheat caramel, it can split and the oil separates. To fix it, simply pour the caramel into a large bowl and let it cool slightly. Then whisk it rigorously to re-incorporate the oil.
Hard caramel softens and becomes spoonable when you reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop. Warming also makes erythritol based caramel smooth again.
Dairy-free caramel is lighter in colour because coconut oil does not darken like butter. To make this recipe darker, add ½ teaspoon of blackstrap molasses. This increases the carb count by a little, but it's still low carb.
Making caramel fudge or candy: Whisking ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum into the sauce at the end of cooking makes the recipe set harder. This way, you can use it to make fudge or caramel candy.
Refrigerator: Keto caramel sauce keeps fresh in the fridge for several weeks. Simply reheat it before using.
Freezer: You can also freeze it. Defrost it overnight.
Sugar Free Caramel Alternatives
I love caramel so much that this is the second caramel recipe I'm posting on my website. The first one is this sugar-free caramel sauce, which is super easy and delicious. It uses sugar free fibre syrup as a sweetener.
I like the taste and texture of fibre syrups and tolerate them well. However, some people experience raised blood sugar levels with them.
That's why I created this keto caramel recipe with allulose.
Keto Caramel Desserts
Here are a few recipes that use caramel as an ingredient:
Keto Caramel Saucefrom Sugar Free Londoner
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- pinch of sea salt
- Add all the ingredients to a saucepan. Melt on a medium/ low heat until bubbles start to appear.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 - 8 minutes, stirring regularly with a balloon whisk, until slightly thick and the caramel coats the back of a spoon.
- When the caramel is to your liking (bearing in mind it will thicken more as it cools) take it off the heat and fill into a jar.
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