The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce

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Making a really good caramel sauce that is sugar-free is not easy and I can't take credit for this recipe. Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food has spent a long time developing and fine-tuning this amazing Caramel Sauce that tastes and looks just like the real deal.

I've been experimenting with a few more ingredients and used coconut milk to make my caramel sauce paleo-friendly. So here is what I used in my recipe:

Glucomannan powder is made from konjak root just like shirataki noodles. I used it for thickening. You can also use xanthan gum instead just like Carolyn did. Although xanthan gum is one of the ingredients that may not be considered paleo/ primal, small amounts won't cause any harm (provided that it doesn't upset your stomach).

Sukrin Gold is a natural low-carb sweetener made with erythritol, tagatose, glycerol (glycerine), malt extract (gluten-free) and steviol glycosides. It can be used just like brown sugar and is perfect for making low-carb caramel sauce. Erythritol-based sweeteners including Sukrin and Swerve do caramelise when chilled so keep that in mind. Adding vegetable glycerine helps the caramel retain a smoother texture.

Glycerine is a simple polyol (sugar alcohol) that is made either from plants or from animal fat. I used glycerine to make the caramel sauce smooth and prevent sweetener crystals from developing when it's chilled. It has a minimal effect on blood sugar but I would still use this ingredient with caution and count at least half of it as carbs. You can find more about glycerine here.

Consider Using Allulose

Chilled desserts that use erythritol-based sweeteners tend to crystallize slightly and although adding glycerine helps minimise this effect, your caramel won't be super smooth. For very smooth results, swap the erythritol-based sweeteners for allulose. Allulose is a healthy low-carb sweetener, although it's less common and can be pricey. The carb count is the same as for erythritol, and it’s as sweet as sugar. Unlike erythritol, it does not crystallize and is a great option in chilled desserts.

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per 2 tbsp / 30 g/ 1.1 oz)

Net carbs0.8 grams
Protein0.5 grams
Fat9.8 grams
Calories89 kcal

Calories from carbs 4%, protein 2%, fat 94%

Total carbs0.9 gramsFiber0.1 gramsSugars0.3 gramsSaturated fat7.1 gramsSodium23 mg(1% RDA)Magnesium9 mg(2% RDA)Potassium45 mg(2% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 1 cup, 240 g/ 8.5 oz)

Instructions

  1. For this recipe you'll need Sukrin Gold natural brown sugar substitute. If you can find allulose it will be even better as this is low-carb sweetener does not crystallise and will make the sauce super smooth. I also use glucomannan powder as a thickener that is made from konjak root. The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce
  2. Place the brown "sugar" and the butter into a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over a medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes. Keep stirring to prevent the mixture from burning. The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce
  3. Mix the glucomannan powder with 2 tablespoons of water by sprinkling it on top and mixing until no clumps are visible. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of coconut milk and the glucomannan powder mixed with water.
    Do not make the same mistake I did. I mixed the powder directly with the coconut milk and then had to blend the caramel sauce as there were clumps of the gelled powder in it. The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce
  4. Remove the butter and sweetener mixture from heat and mix in the coconut milk & glucomannan blend. Mix vigorously until well combined. The mixture will start to thicken. The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce
  5. Return to the heat and cook for another minute or two while stirring. Take off the heat and mix in the salt (a pinch or more to taste). Let it cool down for at least 5 minutes and then mix in 2 more tablespoons of coconut milk and combine well. The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce
  6. For a smoother texture and to prevent the sweetener crystals from forming as it chills down, add a tablespoon of glycerine and mix until well combined. The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce At first, the caramel will be thin and runny but it will thicken as it cools down. The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months. The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce This is how it becomes when chilled in the fridge for an hour. If you use glycerine, the texture will be smooth - if you don't use it, you will see sweetener crystals. You can make it smooth again by heating up! The Best Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per 2 tbsp / 30 g/ 1.1 oz)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g5.8 g51 kcal
Sukrin Gold, brown sugar substitute
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Coconut milk (full-fat, unsweetened)
0.5 g0.4 g4 g37 kcal
Glucomannan powder, thickening agent
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per 2 tbsp / 30 g/ 1.1 oz
0.8 g0.5 g9.8 g89 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

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Comments (23)

This caramel recipe seems to have been listed for keto And paleo diets but it's not paleo.

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It depends what you define as "paleo" but based one the general rules it is. Keep in mind that the definition of "paleo" has been more or less set by bloggers and health websites. Ghee and coconut milk are paleo options. Some strict paleo eaters would argue that bacon is not paleo.

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Can I use gold monk fruit sweetener?

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Yes, you can but but not liquid (drops). Lakanto Brown (Gold) would be great here! Top 5 Keto Sweeteners and Low-Carb Sweetener Conversion Chart

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Hi...neither of the thickeners is available here. Would psyllium husk powder or arrowroot flour do?How much would you recommend? Thanks

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Hi Sonia, arrowroot may work but you'd have to use more of it. It depends on how you plan to use this sauce but it may be better to just skip it.

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I wanted to use  as drizzle on cupcakes and cheesecakes to begin with...

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Hi... I managed to get xantham gum from a store that supplies to hotels. How and when  do I mix it  while cooking the caramel?  In the recipe you have only given instructions for glucomannan. Thanks.

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Hi Sonia, I would use it just like the glucomannan powder (step 3) as these two are very similar. Ideally, mix with some water to avoid any clumps. Even if you get clumps, use an immersion blender and process until smooth. I hope this helps!

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Thank you for all these recipes! I made a low carb flan today and got the idea from this post to use Sukrin Gold for the caramel. I used 1/2 cup of Sukrin Gold and 2 tbs of water for the caramel and it turned out great! 😀

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That sounds delicious - I've been planning to make low-carb flan! 😊

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Can I get Sukrin Gold in Canada?

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I think you should be able to find it on Amazon (should be available at Amazon.ca) or get it directly from Sukrin's website.

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Can I use Xylitol instead?

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Definitely - Xylitol will work too 😊

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Though it would alter the taste, could I use erythritol instead of sukrin gold?

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Yes you can. The brown sugar substitute adds flavour and colour but you can try a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses + Erythritol for a similar effect.

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Could I use xanthan gum instead of glucomannan powder? And do you think it would be 1:1 ratio?

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Hi Christian, yes, you can.

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This is delicious, it really tastes like caramel! I didn't use the same sweetener because I only had erythritol and a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses... it was perfect!

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Thank you Megan, glad you liked it!

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Wow, this took some serious creativity! I'm always impressed with recipes like this. They're the most labor intensive but result in the best food! Both you and Carolyn are awesome!!

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Thank you Vicky! 😊

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