jar of vegan caramel sauce with spoon

The only vegan caramel sauce recipe you’ll need! Creamy, sweet, easy, and entirely dairy free, Paleo, and vegan, this caramel sauce recipe is so good, you could eat it with a spoon!

If you’re in need of a creamy, sweet, easy and downright delicious caramel sauce recipe that’s not only vegan, but also Paleo and dairy free, look no further my friends!

This caramel sauce recipe is truly all you’ll need. Made entirely allergy friendly (including nut free), the coconut sugar naturally have a caramelized flavor so this sauce just becomes the most lush and rich dairy free topping or recipe add-in.

spoon in jar of paleo caramel sauce

Plus, there are no funky ingredients like you’d find in store-bought caramel sauce, or even some recipes online. I wanted this caramel sauce to be the ultimate celebration of some of nature’s sweetest and creamiest ingredients 🙂

You’ll have no problem dripping, drizzling, and smearing this vegan caramel sauce recipe on just about any treat (or spoon, let’s be honest, I’ll just eat it straight up!).

jar of homemade salted caramel sauce

What is vegan caramel made of?

I wanted this healthy caramel sauce recipe to be super simple. It’s entirely vegan, dairy free, Paleo, and refined sugar free.

For this vegan caramel, you’ll need:

  • Coconut sugar
  • Coconut cream (I do not recommend substituting this!)
  • Coconut oil (or vegan butter- but keep in mind that not all vegan butters are Paleo!)
  • Vanilla and Sea Salt (flavor enhancers!)

If you don’t want to make a salted caramel sauce, you can easily omit the sea salt!

A quick note about why I recommend sea salt, personally, because it definitely has a different taste. Studies aren’t that conclusive whether or not sea salt is better than table salt, but if I had to go with one, I’d go with sea salt!

spoon with dripping caramel sauce

How do you make vegan caramel sauce from scratch?

Making vegan Paleo caramel sauce is actually quite similar to making a regular caramel sauce recipe.

To start, you’ll heat the coconut sugar in a sauce pan until it becomes fragrant.

Add in the remaining ingredients: coconut cream, coconut oil/vegan butter, vanilla, and sea salt.

spoon reting on jar of caramel sauce, dripping

Continue stirring until it begins to thicken (about 5-7 minutes), then transfer to a jar that you can seal with a lid. Let the caramel sauce cool for 20-30 minutes before placing it into the fridge to chill for 2-3 hours.

Then use in any recipe you’d like!

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How long does this caramel sauce recipe last?

I’ve tested this several times, and it will last just about 2 weeks in the fridge within an airtight container. That being said, it will last longer in the freezer.

You don’t need to reheat the sauce either to use. It will still be moveable and drizzle-able (I just made up a word and we’re rolling with it haha!), but it will be thick.

spoon next to jar of healthy caramel sauce

If yours is too thick to move, just let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before using. Additionally, you can reheat this vegan caramel sauce in the microwave for 15-20 seconds on high.

How to use Paleo caramel sauce

Of course, I have a few recipes that already use this sauce, which I’ll mention in the next section, but you certainly don’t need a recipe to enjoy this vegan caramel recipe!

  • Top on homemade Paleo vegan ice cream.
  • Dip apples in it for vegan caramel apples.
  • Swirl a spoonful into some dairy free yogurt for a healthier dessert.
  • Drizzle a little on sliced fruit.
  • Toss some homemade popcorn in it for vegan salted caramel popcorn!
  • Honestly, just eat it with a spoon!
jar of caramel sauce

Recipes that use this vegan caramel recipe:

I already have a few recipes on the blog that use this caramel sauce recipe!

Vegan Paleo Millionaire Bars

Caramel Molten Lava Cakes (Vegan, Paleo)

Vegan Harry Potter’s Birthday Cake

The Best Vegan Carrot Cake

Healthy Butterscotch Pudding

I hope you loved this vegan caramel sauce recipe as much as I do! If you give it a go, be sure to let me know down below in the comments section.

As always, I love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there.

Happy Caramel Sauce Making!

dripping spoon of caramel sauce

More Healthy Vegan Desserts:

Paleo Vegan Fudge Brownies

Flourless Chickpea Brownies

Ultimate Vegan Vanilla Cake

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Vegan Meringue Cookies

Paleo Vegan Sweet Potato Mousse

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jar of vegan caramel sauce with spoon

Vegan Caramel Sauce Recipe (Paleo)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 180
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 32 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


The only vegan caramel sauce recipe you’ll need! Creamy, sweet, easy, and entirely dairy free, Paleo, and vegan, this caramel sauce recipe is so good, you could eat it with a spoon!


  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt (omit if you don’t want salted caramel)


  1. If using this caramel sauce for a recipe, make sure to give yourself 3+ hours before you start the main recipe. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut sugar until it becomes fragrant (about 1 minute), and then reduce the heat.
  3. Add in the coconut cream, vanilla extract, coconut oil/vegan butter, and optional sea salt, and stir with a whisk to combine.
  4. Bring the mixture back up to high and stir for 1 minute, then reduce back to low.
  5. Continue stirring for another 5-7 minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes on the countertop, then transfer to the fridge to chill for 2-3 hours.
  7. This caramel sauce will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 47
  • Sugar: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 6.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: vegan caramel sauce, vegan caramel recipe, healthy caramel sauce, paleo caramel sauce, caramel recipe, salted caramel sauce recipe

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