Low-Carb Caramels {Paleo, Vegan & Keto}

Unbelievably easy to make with just 5 simple ingredients. No dairy and no SUGAR. These caramels are keto, vegan and Paleo friendly!
Low-Carb Caramels (Keto, Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

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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Keep it Simple

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 health benefits are a sweet bonus! It’s full of minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Iron. Woot!

Low-Carb Caramels (Keto, Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

Mix, Freeze, SAVOR

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

How do you make them? 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

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!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted or softened
  • 15-20 drops vanilla stevia to taste
  • Dash of pink salt
  • 1/2 Tbs vanilla
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted or softened
  • 15-20 drops vanilla stevia to taste
  • Dash of pink salt
  • 1/2 Tbs vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and whisk smooth.
  2. Taste and adjust for sweetness.
  3. Pour into 8 silicone molds, or mini parchment wrappers, or a small baking dish lined with parchment (for easy removal)
  4. Freeze until solid, about 30-min to 1 hour. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

What I used:

Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Stevia Drops

Roasted cashew butter from Aldi

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Himalayan Pink Salt

Mexican Vanilla

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.

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53 comments

  1. Lyn says:

    My husband is on keto but does not like EV coconut oil because of the coconut flavor. Is the coconut flavor detectable in this recipe? I use organic expeller pressed coconut oil for most cooking since there is no coconut flavor or aroma. I also use NOW brand stevia glycerite which is like a syrup. Would that work or do I defintely need the Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme drops? I am excited to try this recipe! Thank you so much!

    • Emily says:

      I don’t taste it, but I LOVE coconut. You can use the refined coconut oil for no coconut flavor.
      I have not tried that brand of stevia, but it should work. The Sweet Leaf adds extra vanilla flavor.
      Hope you enjoy! Let me know how it turns out!

      • Lyn says:

        Thank you for your prompt reply. I love coconut too so maybe I will use the EV so I will get more of the caramels! Blessings!

  2. Beki Sciacca says:

    We have a cashew allergy in our family…any thoughts on what this would be like if made with peanut butter? Thanks!

  3. Mandy Metts says:

    THESE ARE SOOO GOOD!
    I still can’t believe how easy it was to make them. This was maybe my 4th recipe to try from Pretty Pies but I think it’s my favorite. I keep going back to the freezer for more and then I start to feel guilty and then remember that I don’t have to! Even my boyfriend, who only started with a small bite because he didn’t think they’d be good, now makes me split each one with him. These are so yummy and help me with a candy craving when I get one.

    • Emily says:

      Woohoo!! So happy to hear that, Mandy! These are my current favorite too!
      Easy guilt-free treats make the *best* kind of treats, right? Enjoy!!

  4. Jane says:

    Genius! I used Swerve as the sweetener (what I had) but that was my only change. Just put a double batch in the fridge. I licked the bowl, the spatula, the drops on the counter! This recipe may be too good…

  5. Mandy Metts says:

    I just made this for the THIRD TIME! First time normal batch, 2nd and 3rd time I’ve tripled! So good I’m sharing with everyone I know. My Mom asked me to buy the sweetener and mold for her on Amazon so she can make them too.

  6. PP says:

    I can’t get MyFitnessPal to give me the nutritional details. Can anyone post them here for me please? E.g. fat, protein and calories. Thank you

  7. Janelle says:

    Calorie information (I ended up putting in a bit more salt just so you know it could be more or less for you)

    Calories 124
    Total Fat 12
    Sodium 147
    Sugars 3
    Protein 2

  8. Tammy Schinhofen says:

    I just made these with my grandkids. They were so easy and yummy. I used liquid Splenda to replace the Stevie and also added some maple extract. Thank you for the recipe!

  9. Thea Depper says:

    Cashews aren’t so keto friendly even if it’s not the same as cashew butter could you use almond butter instead.

    • Emily says:

      You can buy it at most grocery stores next to the peanut butter 🙂 Target has a really yummy one with no added sugar. Or if you have a food processor, simply blend some raw cashews until it’s a drippy smooth butter. Hope you enjoy the caramels! One of my faves. If you try them, let me know what you think.

    • Emily says:

      If it’s a no-cook/no-bake recipe, then Yes! 🙂 Like pouring it on shortbread and chilling it into a solid layer– That will work! But if you have to cook the bars afterward, this caramel will melt into a puddle.
      If you try it, let me know how it goes

  10. Lauren Brown says:

    I wonder, can you make this without a sweetener? I am trying to do keto and need a few treats but I really can’t stand fake sweetener. Maybe I am doing keto paleo? I would love your thoughts on this without sweetener. Thank you!

  11. Shanna says:

    These are amazing! I’ve been doing keto for 6 months and this is the best treat I’ve had so far, hands down! I actually used my silicone candy mold to freeze them and then melted some Lily’s chocolate chips with a teaspoon of coconut oil and dipped them to make chocolate salted caramels. Then refroze them and BAM sooooo good!

  12. Maryam says:

    My son is allergic to cashews and I dont want to bring them in the house. So I was wondering can I sub the cashew butter with anything?

    • Emily says:

      Technically, any nut or seed butter will work, but it’s the cashew butter that gives it the most caramel like flavor. You can sub almond butter, macadamia butter or sunbutter.
      I had one reader use caramel flavored stevia drops for extra caramel flavor, so that may be a great option if you can’t use cashews 🙂

  13. Ligia says:

    Hi Emily!

    This sounds delicious! Do you think it is possible to use honey instead of Stevia? I´m on the SCD diet and no artificial sweetners are allowed. If so, will I have to use less coconut oil to balance the liquid ingredients? What do you suggest?

    • Emily says:

      Stevia is actually not an artificial sweetener- it’s a plant not sure if it’s legal for SCD, but just wanted to let you know it’s natural. I recommend ones with just 1 ingredient & no fillers/additives.

      About the honey- I don’t think that would work unfortunately. The coconut oil is crucial to holding them together.

      If you can have any dry sweeteners, such as coconut sugar, monkfruit, maple sugar, those work when powdered.

      Another option (if ok for SCD) is pure monkfruit extract or drops. Again, it’s these are not artificial. Monkfruit is a real fruit grown in Asia

      Hope that helps!

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