Easy Vegan Salted Caramel

Generally, I dislike recipes.  I feel like I’m always dissatisfied when I follow a recipe precisely as it’s written. Nothing against the recipes or their creators; everybody just has different preferences. So, I rarely follow recipes. I’ll look at 1 or 2 to get a general idea of what the dish is, and I’ll go from there. Recipes, for me, serve more as an inspiration. I’m definitely in the minority here, I’m aware of that. Some of the best things I’ve ever cooked have been the result of me realizing that I’m missing vital ingredients to a recipe halfway through cooking, and having to improvise.

This vegan salted caramel sauce is one of them.

There I was, “winging it” with a traditional (not vegan/dairy-free) monkey bread recipe a couple weeks ago. When it came to the sauce, I realized I didn’t have a plan. It called for a jarred caramel sauce. Obviously not vegan! I thought to myself, what even is caramel? Butter, sugar, probably heavy cream or something that would basically kill me. I vaguely remembered something about the narrow window when cooking sugar between candy and burnt sugar. Too dramatic and intense for me.

I added butter and brown sugar to a pan, and waited until it seemed like I needed to add some non-dairy milk. That time never came. The butter and brown sugar combined beautifully, thickened and magically turned into caramel in less than 15 minutes. Score!

After tasting it, I finished up my dessert and promptly made a second batch to dip apple slices in. I can’t even remember the last time I had caramel sauce! Major lazy dairy-free/vegan win. Caramel on vegan ice cream, in your coffee, added into other dessert recipes. Vegan brownies with caramel, anyone? It’s fall, y’all. Eat a vegan caramel apple and pretend it’s slightly more healthy than traditional caramel.

I hope you enjoy! Scroll down for the recipe!

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Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Sauce | 2 Ingredient, Easy Dairy Free Caramel

 

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Easy Vegan Salted Caramel
The easiest, most addictive 3-ingredient vegan salted caramel you'll ever make.
Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Sauce | 2 Ingredient, Easy Dairy Free Caramel
Course Sauces & Dips
Keyword Dairy free, Dip, Sauce, Vegan
Servings
Ingredients
Course Sauces & Dips
Keyword Dairy free, Dip, Sauce, Vegan
Servings
Ingredients
Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Sauce | 2 Ingredient, Easy Dairy Free Caramel
Instructions
  1. Over low heat in a small sauce pan, begin to melt vegan butter.
  2. Stir in brown sugar until fully combined.
  3. Increase heat to medium/medium low, stirring continuously.
  4. After 5 to 10 minutes, it will start to foam up. Lower heat slightly and continue to stir to prevent burning.
  5. Once the caramel looks super smooth and shiny, remove from heat and stir in sea salt.
  6. Allow to cool before refrigerating (if you can even refrain from eating it all at once)
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15 Comments

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      Yay for your friend! 💕 We aren’t 100% vegan but we’re dairy and egg free due to my allergies. Thanks for reading Heather!

  1. November 6, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    How easy and def sounds addicting 🙂 I’ll have to try this sometime soon. Sounds perf for the upcoming holiday season!

  2. November 6, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    This sounds so easy and delicious! What a good idea!

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      So easy it’s probably not a good thing!!

  3. November 6, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Sounds so easy! And I love that so many of your successes come from ‘mistakes!’

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      I swear!! It’s best if I just wing it!

  4. November 7, 2018 / 5:41 am

    Sometimes the best way of creating something new is winging it. Will be trying these!

  5. Bailey
    November 7, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Yum! This sounds so perfect. I wonder if it would work well with coconut oil instead of vegan butter.

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 10:27 am

      I’m not sure!! That’s worth looking into. I’ll update the recipe if I try it!

  6. November 7, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Oh my goodness! This is so easy. I had no idea! Thanks so much.

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 9:32 am

      Thank you for reading Shan! Hope you like it 🙂

  7. Erin Haugerud
    November 7, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    So delish! I’ll have to try this!

    • kaylahaas
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 9:28 am

      I hope you do! It’s addictive & so yummy on vegan ice cream 🙂

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