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.
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Serving size 2 tbsp, 30 g/ 1.1 oz
Allergy information for Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce
✔ Gluten free
✔ Dairy free
✔ Egg free
✔ Nut free
✔ Nightshade free
✔ Pork free
✔ Avocado free
✔ Coconut free
✔ Fish free
✔ Shellfish free
✔ Beef free
- Recipe can be made dairy-free or coconut-free.
Nutritional values (per serving, 2 tbsp, 30 g/ 1.1 oz)
Net carbs0.8 grams
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)
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