Salted Caramel Sauce~Traditional and Dairy Free!

I love to make Salted Caramel Sauce. It’s actually really fun. And the result is an incredibly silky, smooth and beautiful sauce that can be used to enhance many dessert recipes. But having two lactose intolerant children has taught me that not everyone can enjoy such a decadent, creamy treat.

Unfortunately, in the past caramel sauce has been off limits to those that live dairy free. But not any more! Today I will be sharing recipes for Salted Caramel Sauce~Traditional and Dairy Free.
This recipe is brought to you by Silk Creamers.

Salted Caramel Sauce~Traditional and Dairy Free!

Traditional Salted Caramel Sauce…

…is made using melted sugar, heavy whipping cream, butter, vanilla and sea salt.

So How in The World Do I Make it Dairy Free?

I use Silk Almond Creamer in place of heavy cream and coconut oil in place of butter! Silk Almond Creamer is like almond milk but a little creamier and sweetened with cane sugar and a hint of vanilla. It is a coffee creamer, but you can use it as a cream substitute in other recipes as well. And unlike most coffee creamers, Silk Almond Creamer contains no harmful man made trans fats. And Silk Almond Creamers are GMO free!

Salted Caramel Sauce~Traditional and Dairy Free!

Both Versions are Creamy and Delicious

You can pour salted caramel sauce over berries, popcorn, apple slices, ice cream, cakes, cheesecake, or whatever your little dairy free heart desires!

Salted Caramel Sauce~Traditional and Dairy Free!

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Salted Caramel Sauce~Traditional and Dairy Free!

Recipe link for these little chocolate cakes and more ways to use dairy free or traditional salted caramel are at the bottom of this post.

Salted Caramel Sauce~Traditional and Dairy Free!

The Recipe: Dairy Free Salted Caramel Sauce (Recipe for Traditional Sauce below)

Tips, Variations and what you will need: For the dairy free version you will need Silk Almond Creamer. Where to buy Silk Creamers. For the non-dairy version I recommend good quality, organic whipping cream. Watch my video on how to make caramel sauce. The video will give you a great idea of what to expect when making caramel sauce. Seriously, watch it.

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Salted Caramel Sauce~ Dairy Free Version!
A rich creamy dairy free version of my caramel sauce. Try drizzling on ice cream, pie and cheesecake, or toss with popcorn. Be sure to watch my video tutorial before making caramel! Link above. Caramel is very hot. Make sure all ingredients are measured before starting and keep kids away from hot caramel. Do NOT use a rubber spatula, it will melt.

The Recipe: Traditional Salted Caramel Sauce

Tip! Watch my video on how to make caramel sauce.

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Traditional Salted Caramel Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins

I love to make Salted Caramel Sauce. It’s actually really fun. And the result is an incredibly silky, smooth and beautiful sauce that can be used to enhance many dessert recipes.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert recipe, holiday recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • cups organic granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter 1/2 cup
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  1. Watch video linked above. Making caramel is very hot business! Have all your ingredients measured and ready to go and keep children away from area. Do not use a rubber spatula. It will melt.
  2. Place sugar in a heavy bottomed fairly deep pan on med/high heat.
  3. Use a wooden spoon or silicon spatula to push sugar around.
  4. As sugar melts it will first start to clump, then crystallize and finally become liquid. This takes about five minutes.
  5. When sugar is completely melted and the color of caramel, carefully add butter (watch video for tips).
  6. The butter will bubble up…hence the fairly deep pan. Stir till butter is melted.
  7. When butter is completely melted, turn off heat.
  8. Carefully add cream in a slow and consistent drizzle while stirring. Whisk until smooth.
  9. Add sea salt and/or vanilla if desired.
  10. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

More Recipes Using My Caramel Sauce:

For the little chocolate cakes posted above I used this recipe and poured the batter into this pan.
Wickedly Delicious Caramel Apples
Salted Caramel Brownies
Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies


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37 thoughts on “Salted Caramel Sauce~Traditional and Dairy Free!

  1. Sweet and Salty is my most favourite combination. Thanks for all the great ideas! I am not lactose intolerant but think that the ‘alternative’ recipe sounds so interesting, I may try that one ~ first!!
    Great tutorial!

  2. Oh yummmm, caramel is my favorite! I think I like it better than chocolate. 🙂 And this is perfect because my husband is lactose intolerant. Thank you for bringing caramel back into our home. 🙂

  3. Oh, this salted caramel sauce looks so good and something I know I’d love! Thank you for sharing your recipe! I’ll have to try it on my next dessert recipe!

  4. The dairy free version is amazing. I picked up vanilla soy creamer by mistake but it’s superb! Great recipe – I have been looking for DF caramel for a while.
    I just made this recipe and then immediately made the Samoa apple slices recipe going around facebook right now. I just have one question…. what is the best way to store this? Counter or fridge? Thanks!

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