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Vegan Caramel Sauce (Paleo)!

Vegan caramel sauce that is creamy and delicious!  Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and Paleo.  Great with sliced apples, as a topping for ice cream, with baked goods and more!

Course Almond Butter, Condiment, Dessert, Dessert Topping/Icing/Frosting, Nut Butter, Snack, Spread
Cuisine American, Candy, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 106 kcal
Author Christine Galvani


  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt


  1. Place dates into a small bowl and pour boiling/hot water over them.  Set aside for 10 minutes.

  2. Add all other ingredients to a small food processor.

  3. When the dates are ready, drain the water from them, but keep the water (don't discard).

  4. Add the dates to the food processor and blend for several minutes until the mixture becomes very creamy.

  5. Add the retained date water as needed to make the caramel the right consistency.

  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.

Recipe Notes

Pro Tips:

  • If using as a spread between cake layers, additional water, after initial blending may not be required, as you want a stiffer consistency.
  • For a thinner consistency, or to drizzle on ice cream, breakfast porridge, etc... add additional liquid/water.
  • Use store-bought or homemade almond butter.
  • May substitute cashew butter for almond butter in the recipe.  Homemade cashew butter recipe.
  • Best served at room temperature.
  • The recipe can be doubled and lasts about three weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Would be delicious with a sprinkling of a coarse salt, like Maldon, to make it a salted vegan caramel sauce!

How To Thicken The Vegan Caramel Sauce:

  • Please note:  the vegan caramel sauce will thicken in the refrigerator.
  • Add a date or two if a thicker consistency is required.

Makes approximately 1/2 cup of vegan caramel sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Caramel Sauce (Paleo)!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.