Everyone loves caramel—there’s no denying it. And if you don’t, you’ll certainly start loving it when you try these paleo caramel recipes, made without dairy, grains, or refined sugar!
1. Caramel Chocolate Chip Paleo Blondies
I love brownies, but I love blondies even more. They’re like double thick, fudgy chocolate chip cookies. This version, of course, is made even better with a paleo coconut cream and maple caramel, almond flour, and deliciously rich cashew butter.
2. Caramel Magic Bars
Want to know what’s so magic about these guys? They can disappear in an instant! Yes, be carefully, because these are dangerously addictive with paleo caramel, paleo sweetened condensed milk, butter, chocolate chips, almond flour, vanilla extract, and more.
3. Salted Caramel Chocolates
These chocolates are perfect for gifts or parties, because they’re sweet and yummy treats, but they’re actually healthy for you and have only a little bit of honey and maple syrup to sweeten. The mean ingredient is cashew butter or tahini, which when sweetened, gives a caramel-like flavor.
4. Maple Whiskey Caramel Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta is a great paleo dessert even when it’s made plain and simple with just coconut milk and a sweetener. But add coconut sugar, maple syrup, maple whiskey, and toppings? Then you’re just talking about pure caramel whiskey heaven in paleo dessert form.
5. Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Magic Bars
Any dessert that’s gooey and has chocolate is a dessert for me. This one is one of my favorites, with several layers including a cinnamony crust made from shredded coconut, almond flour, and coconut butter, a coconut milk caramel sweetened with palm sugar, and dark chocolate chunks and toasted coconut on top.
6. Samoa Fudge Bombs
Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies, regardless of whether you’re paleo. Of course, if you’re paleo, that means you can’t enjoy them. Or can you? This copycat paleo version of Samoa cookies is fudgy and chocolaty with butter, coconut sugar, coconut milk, and a delicious caramel coating flavored with molasses and vanilla.
7. Paleo Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Bark
Made with simple ingredients like dates, coconut oil, tahini or cashew butter, honey, vanilla, and pink Himalayan salt, this delicious treat will keep you going back for you. The coconut oil helps to set the nut/seed butter so it has a white chocolate texture and can be broken into those beautiful shapes.
8. Chocolate Dipped Caramel Coconut Haystacks
These haystacks are essentially macaroons, and they happen to be vegan as well as paleo. Make them with shredded coconut, coconut nectar, coconut oil, sea salt, vanilla extract, and bittersweet chocolate. They’re super simple, right? So go make them!
9. Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
These thumbprint cookies have a delicious salted caramel flavor that will remind you of Twix and other candy bars that, of course, you can no longer enjoy (and that’s for the best). These cookie are simple and sweetened with maple syrup and a yummy paleo caramel sauce with melted chocolate.
10. Five Minute Vegan Caramel Sauce
This caramel sauce can be used to top paleo ice cream, drizzle over cookies, or anything else you want it for. Because it’s made with tahini instead of coconut milk, you don’t have to worry about a coconut flavor—the flavor is very much caramel without a trace of coconut!
11. Caramel Pear Tart
This tart is fruity and sweet, and it comes with lots of options. Use cinnamon or cardamom if you don’t like nutmeg. Bake it or leave it raw. Serve it plain or top it with a creamy, deliciously sweet, homemade paleo-friendly caramel sauce (oh yes, please).
12. Paleo Chocolate Lava Cake
I have fond memories of enjoying those frozen lava cakes my dad used to stash in the freezer. I’d heat them in the microwave and loved their gooey gooeyness. Those are a thing of the past, so I was pretty excited to find this paleo chocolate lava cake recipe topped with caramel sauce!
13. Healthy Five Ingredient Snickers Truffles
These truffles are filled with an amazing caramel base of soft dates and coconut butter, and rolled up with chopped cashews (you could also use almonds) and covered with a silky coating of melted dark chocolate. Perfect party treats right here.
14. Almond Snickers Slice
This slice is reminiscent of the Snickers candy bars, so if those were your favorite, you’ll want to give it a try. The almond caramel alone makes this recipe worth it, with coconut milk, vanilla powder, dates, almond butter, and crunchy almonds.
15. Flourless Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Muffins
These muffins are super simple, made with Blue Diamond Salted Caramel almonds, baking powder, eggs, and chocolate chips. That’s all you need! The almonds are ground into a flour to form the base of your muffins, which are studded with chocolate chips and bursting with caramel flavor.
16. Caramel Candy Pear Cake
This gorgeous cake isn’t as hard to make as it looks, if you just take it one step at a time. Pears are poached, custard is made, cakes are assembled, and finally, once it’s all ready, a homemade caramel sauce is drizzled over the cake as it hardens into a beautiful nest.
17. Healthy Salted Caramel Brownies
Made with an almond butter base and sweetened with coconut sugar, you know these brownies are absolutely the fudgiest. Top them with a homemade caramel made from full fat coconut milk, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Finally, top with flaky salt.
18. Salty Chocolate Date Caramels
The beauty of these caramels is in their simplicity. Dates already have a very caramel-like flavor, so when you add vanilla and fine salt, you’re just helping to bring out their natural flavor. Coat with melted dark chocolate and it doesn’t get any better than that.
19. Chocolate Orange Caramel Tarts
I love chocolate and orange, and I love caramel and chocolate, so why not all three together? This delicious treat takes a bit more time to assemble, but it’s perfect if you’re having company or if you need something a little extra special for a celebration.
20. Flourless Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Made in a skillet and topped with hot caramel sauce, this cookie is a dream come true. The almond butter base is rich and fudgy and the caramel sauce is made from coconut milk, raw honey, coconut sugar, vanilla and grass-fed butter. So delicious.
21. Coffee Ice Cream With Salted Caramel Swirl
Yes—coffee ice cream with sweet, stick caramel swirled all through it. The ice cream itself is made with cashews, dates, vanilla, and sweet potatoes. Yes, sweet potatoes! Don’t worry, you can’t taste them. The best part is the raw vegan salted caramel swirl with dates, maple, and coconut oil.
22. Caramel Latte Smoothie
This iced coffee smoothie made with almond milk and creamy cashews is an amazing way to treat yourself in the afternoon without a ton of nasty ingredients from a certain coffee shop. Make it with healthier caramel sauce and dates for extra sweetness.
23. Grain Free Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
These cookis are made with almond meal and coconut flour along with coconut sugar and coconut oil or unsalted butter. So rich! The almond extract really boosts the flavor, too. The caramel sauce filling and chocolate topping take these little guys over the top.
24. Healthy Sugar Free Caramelized Almonds
Sweetened with monk fruit sweetener (or coconut sugar if you can’t get monk fruit) and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, these almonds have a delicious caramel flavor that’s super addictive for snacking…so you might need to find some friends to help you eat them! Or not.
25. Caramel Pumpkin Cake
Made with blanched almond flour and cassava or tapioca flour, these perfect pumpkin cake is cinnamony, spicy, sweet, and topped with a homemade caramel sauce that’s absolutely divine. This is the perfect fall dessert for family and friends.
26. Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie
This pie is rich and fudgy with a pecan and medjool date crust, a caramel layer in between, and a chocolate filling that’s like a brownie layer with soaked ashews and raw cacao powder. Top with more pecans and dollops of coconut cream. So pretty!
27. Boozy Vegan Salted Caramel Apple Ice Cream
This ice cream is dairy free with coconut milk, coconut oil, cinnamon, chopped apples, maple syrup, almond milk, sea salt, and a recipe of salted caramel apple bourbon sauce—yes, you are right, that sounds like the best ice cream you’ve ever had.
28. Healthy Salted Caramel Cups
These simple cups have only a few ingredients, and because it’s so much fun to roll the date caramel into little balls and plop them into the melted chocolate (and not so messy, with the chocolate being in muffin papers) this is the perfect recipe to make with the kids for a fun treat.
29. Satled Date Caramel and Nut Tart
This nut tart is made up with unsweetened coconut flakes, mixed nuts and seeds, ghee or regular grass-fed butter, dates, and almond milk. The dates are the only sweetener, and the mix of nuts and seeds makes this dessert protein- and mineral-rich.
30. Easy Raw Caramel Apples
Do you kids love caramel apples? Do YOU love caramel apples? Good news! You can make these raw caramel apples with dates and toppings of choice, like chopped pecans, almonds, melted dark chocolate, cacao nibs, toasted coconut, flaked sea salt, or mini chocolate chips.
31. Date Caramel Cup
These caramel cups are made with a date and almond butter base with vanilla extract, sea salt, and a bit of rich coconut milk to make them soft. The outer later is chocolate chips melted together with coconut oil, to add those healthy fats that are so good for your body.
32. Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels
Made with cocoa powder and cacao butter instead of pre-made chocolate, you know these caramels are the real deal. The homemade chocolate is sweetened with maple sugar crystals (or another sweetener of choice), and filled with medjool dates and a topped with flaked sea salt.
33. Vegan Caramel Pumpkin Spice Shake
This pumpkin spice shake is the perfect dessert for early fall when it’s definitely autumn-like outside, but still warm enough to warrant a nice cold shake. Make it with pumpkin puree, frozen banana, coconut milk, almond milk, dates, almond butter, maple syrup, and an easy pumpkin spice caramel sauce.
34. Paleo Chocolate Salted Caramel Ice Cream
This creamy ice cream is rich in whole foods ingredients from coconut milk, coconut cream, and coconut sugar to egg yolks and pure vanilla powder. It has a rich caramel flavor along with plenty of chocolate, and the egg yolks create a deliciously custardy consistency.
35. Bacon Dark Chocolate Bark With Salted Coconut Caramel
You know you want this. It’s made with coconut sugar, coconut cream, dark chocolate, and crumbled bacon (you could use homemade). The caramel sauce is super easy with only three ingredients, and whips up in amount ten minutes to gooey goodness.
36. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream
This ice cream is made with full fat coconut milk and soaked raw cashews for a super creamy texture and flavor that isn’t overwhelmingly coconut. Maple syrup is the sweetener, and the final product is mixed and swirled with salted caramel, chopped apples, coconut sugar, butter, and spices.
37. Paleo French Toasted With Fried Bananas and Salted Coconut Caramel
This multi-part recipe includes paleo bread made from almond and tapioca flours, applesauce, and ghee. The caramel is made with maple syrup and coconut sugar, and the gooey, sweet bananas are fried in ghee and coconut sugar. This is certainly a breakfast for a very special occasion.
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38. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Dulce de leche is an extra-rich caramel sauce. This amazing ice cream is full of it, with paleo salted caramel, coconut milk, pure maple syrup, scraped vanilla beans (two whole ones!) and a bit of tapioca flour, which helps keep the ice cream from developing ice crystals.
39. Paleo Deep Dish Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies
Just look at this picture, with all that ooey gooeyness around the edges of the pan. Is that not completely irresistible? This divine dessert is made with almond flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate chips, coconut oil, almond butter, and all things good and lovely.
40. Salted Caramel Almond Butter
This almond butter is rich and decadent with vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. This trick is to use Blue Diamond Salted Caramel almonds to make the almond butter, so you hardly have to do any work on the flavoring end of things: just the eating end!