This Gluten-Free Vegan Caramel Sauce just might be one of the most versatile recipes that you will need to keep in your kitchen at all times.
It’s a prelude to and part of the next recipe I will be posting and I PROMISE you will love it!
You only need 3 main ingredients to make this amazing clean version of caramel sauce and no special equipment like a food processor or blender.
Traditional caramel sauce usually has ingredients like these:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Breyers Caramel Flavored Ice Cream Sauce Ingredients:
Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Maltodextrin, Corn Starch Modified, Arabic Gum, Butter (Cream, Salt), Salt, Flavoring Natural, Carrageenan, Lactic Acid, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate, Yellow 6, Yellow 5 (source).
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
This healthier version uses maple syrup as a natural sweetener in place of the GMO corn syrup, coconut oil in place of the butter and creamy almond butter as a thickener.
The possibilities are limitless of what you can do with this sauce and I’ll be posting several recipes coming up soon to give you some ideas.
You can feel good about making and serving this recipe because it’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy staple recipes? Check out Clean Eating Cranberry Sauce, How to Make Homemade Almond Butter, How to Make Homemade Coconut Milk or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating staple recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Butter):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 tablespoon contains 2 g of fiber
5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I’ve made this with both refined and unrefined coconut oil and although they both taste good, in my opinion, the refined coconut oil tasted better. Refined coconut oil has the same consistency of unrefined coconut oil, but doesn’t have the coconut smell or taste. But either will work fine.
Tip #2: The great thing about this recipe is you can change the consistency of the caramel sauce just by how “melted” your coconut oil is. If it’s completely melted and water thin, you will have a thinner consistency caramel sauce which is perfect for drizzling. If the coconut oil is “soft” but not completely melted, you will have more of a thicker “spread” type caramel sauce to use as a dip for apples, spread on muffins, cookies, etc. So many options!
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