Healthier Caramel Sauce (vegan & GF)

Healthy Caramel Sauce: I know what you’re thinking, how can caramel sauce be considered healthy? But being vegan, with only three wholesome ingredients, and no refined sugar, I’d say this recipe qualifies! All you need is your favorite almond butter, organic maple syrup, and coconut oil to make this dessert/snack that makes all your fall dreams come true!

healthy caramel sauce

how do you make healthy caramel sauce?

The good news is, this three-ingredient caramel sauce is SO easy to make. All you need is creamy almond butter, organic maple syrup, and a little bit of coconut oil.

Heat all three ingredients in a saucepan on low heat. After about 2-3 minutes, a silky, creamy caramel sauce should begin to form. So easy, so delicious, and so festive for fall.

can I substitute peanut butter?

While this recipe uses almond butter to create a caramel-like dip, I don’t recommend using peanut butter instead. Unless you’re okay with a more nutty taste- I find that the almond butter in this recipe mixes really well, doesn’t have a strong nutty flavor, and tastes more like actual caramel. With that being said, anything with peanut butter is still a 10/10 deliciousness factor in my opinion so if that’s all you have, it will still taste great.

what to use caramel sauce for:

First and foremost, this caramel sauce is good enough to eat by the spoonful or simply used as a dip. One of my favorite ways to eat it is to dip apples or make ‘apple nachos’ like the picture below. Top the sliced apple with some of this caramel sauce, nuts, coconut flakes, and chocolate chips and you have yourself a 10/10 snack! Another way I love to use this recipe is in baking recipes, like my apple pie bars, or other fall goodies!

  • by the spoonful!
  • drizzled over a yogurt or acai bowl
  • apple nachos (see picture below!)
  • in baked goods
  • drizzled on baked goods like banana bread or muffins
  • drizzled over ice cream or ‘nice cream’
  • however your heart desires 🙂

how to store homemade caramel:

For storage, allow the caramel to cool slightly, then add to a mason jar or sealed container. Once fully cooled you can seal the container fully. You have the option to leave it out at room temperature or refriderate. Either way, the caramel sauce will likely solidify a bit more, so microwave the opened jar for a few seconds when reusing to make it silky once again.

apple nachos with healthy caramel sauce
healthy caramel sauce

Healthier Caramel Sauce

Lexi Finke
This healthier caramel sauce is made with only 3 real ingredients! It's made vegan, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free! You can use it as a dip, drizzle it on apples, or bake with it.
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • Sauce Pan


  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil


  • In a small saucepan, add all three ingredients at low heat. Continue stirring until everything is combined with no clumps. Leave on the heat for no more than 3 minutes. The caramel should begin to look creamy and have a silky texture.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a ceramic container or jar. As it cools, it will begin to thicken up to more of a traditional caramel texture.
  • Serve with apples, fruit, oatmeal, and more!


Store in a sealed container once cooled.
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