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Dairy-Free Caramels {Paleo, Vegan & Keto}

Unbelievably easy to make with just 5 simple ingredients. No cooking! These melt-in-your-mouth dairy-free keto caramels are buttery and delicious! 
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Best Little Pick-Me-Up

You guys!! I can’t get over these! Who needs corn syrup, sugar and dairy when you can have much healthier LOW-CARB caramels?! Melt in your mouth deliciousness!!

These sweet bites are PERFECT for your drive-by fridge perusal. You know what I’m talking about? When you need a quick boost of energy and you head to the refrigerator for something to pop in your mouth. No time to cook anything, just-need-a-little-something-to-get-you-through type of thing.

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5 Simple Ingredients

5 simple ingredients. No dairy/butter/cream and no sugar or any added sweetener! I still can’t believe it! The MAIN ingredients of traditional caramels aren’t even used in this recipe!

These are made with:

  1. cashew butter — silky, naturally sweet and caramel-esque! *key ingredient! don’t sub*
  2. coconut oil — buttery smooth healthy fats!
  3. steviaSweet Leaf brand Vanilla Creme drops for natural sweetness without the sugar!
  4. vanilla – use Mexican vanilla for an intense flavor. My FAV!
  5. salt — mineral-rich pink Himalayan salt for more complex taste

ps if you’ve never tried pink salt, it’s a MUST!! The flavor alone is incredible, but the benefits are a sweet bonus! It’s full of minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Iron. Woot!

Is Cashew Butter OK on a Low-Carb Keto Diet?

Update: I have had lots of comments from random people on the internet making claims to stay away from cashew butter. But I don’t share that opinion.

Yes, it is one of the higher-carb nuts compared to others, but in *moderation*, it’s perfectly acceptable.

The macros speak for themselves. 2.8 net carbs per caramel.

And one caramel is so satisfying and rich. That’s all I need. But if you can’t fit those 2 carbs in your daily allowance, they by all means, don’t eat one 😉

  • A low-carb diet is typically one defined as fewer than 100 (or even 150) grams of carbs per day. One caramel would then comprise 3% of your daily allowance.
  • By contrast, in the keto diet, which has 20 net carbs per day, one caramel would represent 15% of your daily allowance.

If it fits your macros, what difference does it make if it’s a peanut or a cashew? The difference is not greatly significant. All nuts contain beneficial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and have a similar macro composition of high fat, moderate protein and low carbs.

But ultimately it’s up to you to decide. And don’t let strangers on the internet dictate what you put inside your body. 

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How to Make No-Cook Caramels

Simple, healthy ingredients.. and SO simple to make!

How do you make them? Just Mix, Freeze, SAVOR. Whisk the ingredients together. Pour into molds and freeze. THAT’S IT folks! 😀

If you don’t have a silicone mold, don’t worry, you can also use parchment cupcake wrappers or just parchment paper lining a small baking dish (just make sure it’s super tiny since this makes a small batch).

I made one batch with softened coconut oil, and another with it fully melted and they work either way.  BUT the softened version freezes quicker, so you get to eat them sooner. However, you’ve gotta really add some elbow grease to get it fully incorporated.Low-Carb Caramels (Keto, Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

Ingredient Substitutes

  • For cashew butter, technically any other nut or seed butter will “work.” However, the flavor may be different. I would use a light-tasting nut butter such as almond.
  • For coconut oil, you can use refined coconut oil, palm oil, or possibly butter (dairy or dairy-free)

Sweetener Options

  • For stevia drops, you can use:
    • monkfruit drops (start with half the amount)
    • a pinch of pure stevia powder
    • 2 teaspoons powdered sweetener such as powdered monkfruit, (or powdered coconut sugar for non-low-carb) to taste
    • *do not use granulated sweetener unless it dissolves easily and stays dissolved when chilled
    • *liquid sweeteners are not recommended because they throw off the ratio of solid to liquid
Are you ready to make some super simple caramels? And can you believe how EASY, and healthy caramels could be?! 2 minutes!! Jaw-dropping taste. I’m still in disbelief myself lol. You’ve gotta try it!

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Low-Carb Caramels {Paleo, Vegan & Keto}

Amazingly simple, deliciously dairy-free and full of vanilla caramel flavor--without the sugar!
4.27 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Emily



  • Mix all ingredients together and whisk smooth.
  • Taste and adjust for sweetness.
  • Pour into 8 silicone molds, or mini parchment wrappers, or a small baking dish lined with parchment (for easy removal)
  • Freeze until solid, about 30-min to 1 hour. Enjoy!


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What I used:
Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Stevia Drops or Caramel flavor drops 
For alternative sweeteners, see post above.
Mexican Vanilla  this is my favorite!
To store: MUST be kept refrigerated (or frozen.) Melts at room temp. Store tightly wrapped for about 2-3 weeks. If frozen, set at room temp for a few minutes to soften.
Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb Caramels {Paleo, Vegan & Keto}
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Net Carbs
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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