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Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce Recipe

This dairy-free caramel sauce recipe is smooth, rich, and bursting with caramel flavor, this sauce is versatile enough to elevate any dessert or sweet treat. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make, requiring just a handful of pantry staples.

With this dairy-free caramel sauce recipe, you can enjoy the sweet, buttery taste of caramel without any dairy worries. Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or simply seeking a healthier alternative, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. So go ahead, drizzle, dip, and indulge guilt-free in the luxurious goodness of dairy-free caramel!

Ingredients You Need to Whip Up this Irresistible Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

To whip up this irresistible sauce, you’ll need cream, sugar, butter, and a pinch of salt. These simple ingredients come together harmoniously to create a velvety-smooth caramel sauce bursting with rich, buttery flavor.

Making The Sauce Allergen Free

To make this sauce allergy friendly I used dairy-free alternatives for the cream and butter. I used a dairy-free coffee creamer instead of the regular cream. You can use dairy-free cream, milk, or condensed milk.

For the butter I used dairy-free and nut-free butter alternative you can use coconut oil as well.

Cooking Tips

When cooking the sugar make sure it is evenly distributed in the pan and that the heat is equally distributed throughout the pan. This will ensure that the sugar dissolves all at the same time and not unevenly so that it does not take long and avoids burning.

As soon as the sugar melts do not cook it for long as it will otherwise have a burnt taste.

Storing The Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

To ensure the sauce stays fresh for future indulgences store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will help maintain its creamy texture and rich flavor for an extended period. When properly stored, dairy-free caramel sauce can last for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

For longer storage life pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Drizzle Over Desserts: Pour this luscious caramel sauce over your favorite desserts, such as dairy-free ice cream, vegan brownies, or fruit crisps.
  • Stir Into Beverages: Add a spoonful of caramel sauce to your coffee, hot chocolate, or milk alternative for a cozy, indulgent drink.
  • Dip for Snacks: Use the caramel sauce as a dip for sliced apples, pretzels, or cookies for a delightful snack.

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Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce Recipe

Course: Desserts, Recipes, Sauces, ToppingsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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Craving a decadent caramel sauce but need to steer clear of dairy? Try this dairy-free caramel sauce recipe.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon dairy-free butter alternative

  • 1 cup dairy-free creamer

  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour

  • Pinch of salt


  • Place the saucepan over low heat, add sugar, and cook until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture starts to simmer.sugar dissolving on low heat in a pot
  • Add the dairy-free butter alternative and mixadding dairy free butter to the dissolved sugar
  • Now add 2 tablespoons of gluten-free flour to a bowl then pour in the dairy-free creamer and mix.dairy free creamer and gluten free flour mixture
  • Carefully, add the mixture to the sugar and mix over low heat until combined.adding the dairy free creamer and gluten free flour mixture to the dissolved sugar on low heat
  • Take off the heat and add a pinch of salt.

Cook’s Notes

  • Use dairy-free coffee creamer or milk.
  • Cook on low heat to avoid burning.
  • Make sure the heat is evenly distributed throughout the pan so that all of the sugar dissolves at the same time.
  • Be careful when adding the milk and flour mixture to the sugar as it might splatter.

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 41.7g 65%
    • Saturated Fat 5g 25%
  • Sodium 19729mg 823%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Carbohydrate 122.6g 41%
    • Dietary Fiber 9.5g 38%
    • Sugars 53.3g
  • Protein 9.5g 19%
  • Calcium 1%
  • Iron 1%
  • Vitamin D 50%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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