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Real vegan caramel sauce recipe

Updated on November 27, 2014

I haven’t found a vegan version of a real caramel sauce online – although I’m sure there must be a recipe somewhere. It is actually quite easy to make, and there is no need to substitute with an “easier” recipe. Any sauce that is not made with caramelized sugar is missing the depth of real caramel flavour. The full-fat coconut milk provides enough creaminess that you won’t miss cream. However, there is a light coconut flavour.

Making a caramel sauce is basically just caramelizing sugar and adding cream and butter. I have added coconut milk instead of the cream, but I find that adding more fat is not necessary. If you wish, add a tablespoon of coconut oil when the sauce is done.

The tricky part it to bring the sugar to just the right amount of caramelization. A little too long, and you might burn it – a little too short, and you will not get the depth of the caramel flavour but be left with an overly sweet sauce! So be sure to watch very closely. It takes practice but it definitely pays off!

This sauce is great for serving over ice-cream or other desserts, or for dipping fruit! If you want a less runny sauce that will stay on a cake or cupcake for decoration, decrease the amount of added coconut milk to 1 cup.



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk
  1. Mix the water and the sugar in a large pan. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then increase the heat and boil for about 5-7 minutes until the sugar turns an amber colour. Watch it very carefully as it can go from caramel to burnt quite quickly.
  2. When it has reached the desired colour, remove from the heat and add the coconut milk. Don’t stand too close to avoid being splattered! Mix until smooth. If there are clumps or crystals, put the pan back on low heat until the caramel is completely dissolved.


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    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I've never tried making things like this, as they are usually 'fussy,' requiring tests with dropping bits into cold water, candy thermometers and the like. This sounds easy!

      Voted up, useful, interesting and pinned.

    • Valerie Bloom profile image

      Valerie Bloom 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I had no idea how to make caramel sauce! I'm going to put this on my Vegan Journey Pinterest page!