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Paleo And Keto Caramel Sauce

Both the Paleo Caramel Sauce And Keto Caramel Sauce recipes are thick, creamy, pourable, and are shockingly similar to traditional caramel sauce in both taste and texture!
Course dairy free, Dessert, gluten free, keto, paleo, Vegan
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 (makes 3/4 cup total)
Calories 75kcal
Author Cassidy Stauffer


Keto Caramel Sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp. Butter can use non-dairy
  • 2 Tbsp. Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. Brown Swerve or Brown Lakanto Sweetener can use the white variety if needed. If using the white variety, I very highly recommend adding the molasses!
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Molasses optional but very highly recommended
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Cream
  • 1/4 tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • 2 tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Purified Water
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt

Paleo Caramel Sauce:

  • 1/4 Cup Allowed Butter or Ghee
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Cream
  • 3 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • pinch Sea Salt


Keto Caramel Sauce:

  • In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat until melted.
  • Turn heat down to a low simmer and simmer 5 minutes, or until a deep golden brown.
  • Stir in the Sweetener, Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup, and molasses. Return to a low simmer. Then, simmer untouched, 15 minutes.
  • Add the coconut cream and lightly sprinkle in the xanthan gum. Stir until dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the pure vanilla, water, and sea salt.
  • Caramel with thicken as it cools. Once cooled, transfer to a sealed container and place in the fridge.
  • Caramel thickens in fridge. Stir well and slightly heat before serving to thin and to dissolve any crystallization for a super creamy caramel.

Paleo Caramel Sauce:

  • Over medium-high heat, melt butter, coconut palm sugar, coconut cream, and honey. Stir constantly until mixture reaches a boil and sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the pure vanilla and pinch of sea salt.
  • Allow to cool, then transfer to a sealed container and place in the fridge. Caramel will thicken in the fridge after an hour or two. Stir well before serving.


  • For coconut cream, place full-fat canned coconut milk in the fridge for 24 hours and scoop out the coagulated cream. I only recommend the Thai Kitchen, Native Forest or Sprouts brand. Other brands may not separate as well or leave a funny aftertaste.
  • If you're not dairy-free, you can replace the coconut cream with heavy whipping cream.
  • I highly recommend using butter, ghee, or non-dairy butter for best taste. If the butter isn't an option though, you can use non-hydrogenated shortening as a substitute.
  • Nutrition Facts are for the Keto Caramel Recipe and include molasses.
  • Whatever you do, don't leave out the sugar-free maple syrup or the xanthan gum in the Keto Version! These 2 ingredients are required when using an erythritol-based sweetener. Otherwise, the caramel will turn out grainy.
  • Don't dump in the xanthan gum! Be sure to lightly sprinkle it in, otherwise, it will clump.
  • These are both fairly sweet, so they may be too sweet for some palates. If you prefer your desserts on the less-sweet side, feel free to slightly reduce the sweeteners. 
  • I've never tried making the Paleo Caramel Sauce Vegan. I'd imagine using maple syrup instead of honey would work, but it will probably slightly change the flavor and turn out a bit thinner. 
  • I have not tried the Keto recipe with anything other than an erythritol-based sweetener. If you try it with a different Keto sweetener, such as xylitol, please let me know how it turned out in the comments below!
  • While the molasses is optional, I really prefer the caramel with the molasses. ESPECIALLY if you use don't use a brown sweetener. The molasses gives it a deep caramel taste that is otherwise missing. It also covers up any "sugar-free" aftertaste.
  • If you're worried about adding molasses to a Keto recipe, keep in mind that molasses is considered a low glycemic sugar. One teaspoon only adds 5 net carbs to the entire batch! It's also rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, chromium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin b6 and more!
Nutrition information for 1 Tbsp. of the Paleo Caramel Sauce is as follows:
Calories: 101 Carbs: 10 Protein: 1 Fat: 7 Fiber: 1 


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg