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Paleo Homemade Caramel Topping - Gluten-free, dairy-free, tree nut-free and so easy!

Caramel is one of our family’s favorite ice cream toppings. But, so many of the store bought caramels had dairy or a looong list of ingredients. This easy homemade sauce only has THREE ingredients! It’s not hard to get behind a treat like this one. We especially love it on my Vanilla Paleo Ice Cream in an ice cream sundae. Yum!

Paleo Homemade Caramel Topping - Gluten-free, dairy-free, tree nut-free and so easy!

Paleo Homemade Caramel Topping

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 15 oz can coconut cream, chilled
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Open the chilled coconut cream. Set aside the lighter clear liquid, you will only need the solid white cream part.
  • Combine the coconut cream and coconut sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, lower heat to medium low and continue to whisk for 10 minutes.
  • Caramel will reduce – thickening and deepening in color. DO NOT stop whisking or you will burn the caramel. Remove from heat and add in vanilla.
  • Caramel will thicken as it cools. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 month.


If your coconut cream is not separated into the solid white cream and the clear liquid, it might not have chilled long enough. I usually put mine in the fridge overnight. Also, some brands sadly don't separate, I'm not quite sure why. I love using Thai Kitchen brand. 


  1. 5 stars
    Just made this Autumn, and it was delicious! Can’t wait to mix it up in my afternoon iced coffee!

    One question- I used thrive market canned coconut cream and chilled it overnight. The volume of the solid part was only about one-third of the can. So it only yielded about 4-5 ounces of sauce. About how much actual solid part of the chilled coconut cream should there be? Thank you, because I am going to certainly put it in the rotation!

    • I’m so happy you loved this easy dessert recipe! I use the Thai Kitchen brand of coconut cream and, once chilled, the solid part yielded about one cup. I can adjust the recipe to reflect that amount for clarity. Hope you enjoy it again soon!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe a few months ago and it is still a family favorite! Will never go back to conventional caramel!

    • I’m so happy you loved this recipe and it’s replacing the conventional caramel – wahoo!

  3. 5 stars
    This homemade paleo caramel is the best!! It’s better than regular caramel. I will be maki g this from now on.

    • 5 stars
      We made this last week 😱😱 So Amazing!! Never buying store bought again!!

      • Woot for this easy one being even better than store bought!

  4. 5 stars
    This was so good! Made it tonight. Thank you!


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