Coconut Caramel Recipe

coconut caramel

Written by contributor Britney Manuel of A Simply Raw Life & BtanJerine

I came from a heritage of great Martha Stewart-esque cooks that make their own peanut butter, jams, and the like. So it was no wonder when we made homemade caramel….that it was TO DIE FOR! Since I liked it (a little too much), I wanted to try to find a non dairy version that didn’t sacrifice flavor, (that was the challenge). I was inspired by the recipe found here for some salted caramel tartlets. Once I saw it, I knew a new go-to caramel was born!

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Coconut Caramel Recipe


1 1/2 (15oz) cans coconut milk, unsweetened, full fat
1/2 cup + 2 TBSP dark brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract



  1. In a saucepan, add one can of coconut milk, and the fat off the top of the second can.
  2. Add the brown sugar, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the mixture begins to bubble, reduce the heat to low and cook for 40-50 minutes, stirring frequently (every thirty seconds to a minute) until the sauce is very thick and reduced by more than half. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan as you stir.
  4. Remove from heat and add a pinch of salt and vanilla extract.
  5. Store in a jar for up to a couple of weeks.

Makes about  1 1/2 cups


This caramel is so yum that it only needs a simple vehicle for the caramel. My preferred vehicle is a strawberry. Simple, so that you can really savor the coconut caramel!

Tiny hands love to dip, so this coconut caramel recipe is kid-approved. Bon Apeptit!

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9 Responses to Coconut Caramel Recipe

  1. Jen Hansard February 25, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I’m drooling over this one Britney! A favorite dessert over here is frozen gogurts (they make a line called Simply that has no food coloring or corn syrup, which is a no-no in our family). The kids eat them like popsicles and can pack in some protein before bed. I have been looking for a non dairy alternative that would be simple as well— and I think I just found it here!

    • Britney February 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

      I love that no food coloring or corn syrup rule. I need to implement that. I think it’s all about being creative in making the foods we are used to, but in a way we can feel good about.

  2. Joy Beyond Fifty February 25, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Got to try this one…sounds like a yummy treat.

    • Britney February 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      It really is. I just got some apples from the farmers market and i’m thinking they would be perfect topped with a bit of this.

  3. Felicia February 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    This looks so good!!

    • Britney February 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      Next time I see you I will have to bring you some 🙂

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  5. Cassandra Gresham February 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    I have tried this recipe twice and I cannot get it thicken up. Mine is delicious….I mean so soooo good, but just won’t thicken. When is is all said and done I would des bile it like syrup consistency…it coats a spoon but with fruit I am using it more like a drizzle. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

    Thank! Cassandra

  6. ixura October 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    that looks so delicious, will try it definitely.

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