Dairy-Free Caramel Dip/Sauce

The kids and I met my nephew at the McDonald’s playplace today.  As my dairy eating kids devoured their apples and caramel dip, I decided I was going to make a version Bella can enjoy.  It turned out awesome!  The dairy eating kids said it was as good as McDonald’s.  I think the hint of maple syrup makes it even better than McDonald’s.  Don’t worry about the coconut milk.  You can’t taste it.  This caramel is good hot and cold.  It is delicious with apples and pears and it would be awesome on dairyfree ice cream.

3/4 cup canned coconut milk
3/4 cup sucanat/rapaduraor brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1Tbsp water
1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
2 Tbsp soy free earth balance
1 tsp vanilla


1. Whisk coconut milk, sucanat, and maple syrup in a small saucepan.

2. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally,  for 3 minutes.

3. Whisk water and arrowroot together in a small bowl.

4. Stir the arrowroot and water into the coconut milk mixture.

5. Cook and wisk another 3 minutes or so until the mixture thickens.

6.  Transfer caramel to an airtight jar and store in the refrigerator.

You may also enjoy egg-free, dairy-free Mayonnaise or dairy-free Chocolate Frosted Rice Krispie Treats.

Special thanks to Vegan Chef for this recipe!

This post is part of Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Just Another Meatless Monday, Meatless Mondays, My Meatless Mondays, Ultimate Recipe Swap.

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20 Responses to “Dairy-Free Caramel Dip/Sauce”

  1. Laurie says:

    What a great idea! yummmmmmm

  2. Christine says:

    This sounds really delicious! (And much better for you than the stuff found at McDonalds!)

  3. Tammie says:

    This sounds yummy. Quick question – do you whisk in the Earth Balance and vanilla at the end just before serving/chilling?

    • Nancy says:

      Yes! I left out that step. Thank you for pointing that out. I’ll fix it right away. Let me know how it turns out for you.

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  5. Miriam says:

    Caramel sauce with coconut milk and maple syrup sounds to die for!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  6. Jeri says:

    I just made this along with the brownies on ElanasPantry.com. So delicious. I used 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup palm sugar. Next time I am going to use Lyle’s Golden Syrup in place of the maple syrup. I have many many bottles and don’t know what to do with them. Thank you for an easy recipe that tastes fabulous. Brownies a la mode with caramel sauce tonight!

  7. Casey says:

    This looks delish! Do you think it would work with ghee and rice milk instead of EB and coconut? My kids can’t have EB (because of the annatto) and coconut because of the salicylates. But they have never had caramel and I would love to give it a shot!

    • Nancy says:

      I’d go for it if you haven’t already! The only concern I can think of is the rice milk will have less fat than coconut milk. Maybe you could use a little more ghee? Let me know how it works out. BTW, sorry to be so slow to answer. I was travelling.

  8. Hi! I blog about allergy-friendly food over at Allergy Free Vintage Cookery, and I’m putting together a fantasy-menu post featuring birthday party foods. I’d love to include your caramel dip… just wanted to ask for permission to use your photo. I’ll definitely include a link back to your site and a big credit to you! 🙂 Drop me a note when you get a chance… I’m hoping to publish the post Sunday morning. Thanks! Lisa

  9. Vanessa says:

    Making this for an upcoming party I’m hosing. Friends of ours have a daughter who’s allergic to dairy, so this will be a great thing for her to enjoy. Thanks for being such a great resource!

  10. Melanie says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this on my apples. I’m guessing it thickens up after sitting. Also I’m wondering if you could mix powdered sugar in to make caramel frosting for cupcakes???

  11. Heather says:

    Do you know how long this lasts? is is good at room temp if I leave it set out for a party as a dip?



    • Nancy says:

      Welcome Heather! We usually eat it all at in once sitting so I’m not sure how long it will last. I think it would be fine to set out at a party.