5-Ingredient Caramel-Flavored Topping

An incredible caramel-flavored sauce for paleo ice creams and fruit dips that’s so easy to make!

Only 5 ingredients, and no refined sugars – sweetened with raw maple syrup and natural coconut sugars.

Thick and sticky, this paleo caramel sauce recipe is ideal for frozen desserts or as a sweet dip for fresh fruit slices.


Caramel Flavored Topping Recipe

by Trina
A paleo-friendly topping recipe with a rich, caramel taste
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup of coconut milk full fat
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of raw maple syrup
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp of grass-fed butter


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, add coconut milk, sugar, butter, maple syrup, and sea salt (all ingredients EXCEPT the vanilla)
  • Bring mixture to a boil while stirring continuously
  • Continue cooking for about 10-12 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture thickens
  • Add the teaspoon of vanilla into the saucepan within the last couple of minutes of cooking
  • Remove from cooktop
  • Topping will continue to thicken while cooling
  • Makes about 1 cup of caramel topping
  • Store in small Mason jar or plastic container
  • Keep refrigerated – should remain useable for about 2 weeks
  • HINT: Try this one with my pumpkin pie frozen dessert:
    Pumpkin Pie "Ice Cream" with Caramel Flavored Topping (https://www.paleonewbie.com/pumpkin-pie-ice-cream-with-caramel-flavored-topping)
Keyword caramel, topping, sauce, paleo-friendly

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  1. Thank you for this beautiful recipe. Can’t wait to make it. Esmeralda x

  2. Hi. I am curious as to what the butter adds to the recipe since it’s optional. Do you think it’s better with it? Thanks.

    1. Just a more buttery flavor Dawn…If you tolerate dairy, add it and see what you think :)

  3. I’m so proud of myself for making smooth, delicious homemade caramel topping…and it was so easy :D This was heavenly with Pink Lady apples and I’m going to try this with homemade frozen yogurt (we’re fine with yogurt).
    Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. Monica, You’re making me hungry! I’m happy you enjoyed. :)

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