3 Ingredient Magic Caramel Sauce (nut + dairy free!)

3 Ingredient Magic Caramel Sauce (nut + dairy free!)

3 simple ingredients form a magic caramel sauce that is nut free and dairy free! Top 8 allergy friendly, this sauce tastes just like caramel. 

No, you aren’t dreaming. Yes, this is a magic caramel sauce that is made without nuts, dairy, coconut, or any of the top 14 allergens. All done in under 10 minutes. 


This caramel sauce is the easiest, the dreamiest, caramel sauce made with just three ingredients: Sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. That’s it! To be fancy, you can sprinkle in some flaky sea salt which just elevates this to a whole new level.


This caramel sauce is perfect for topping ice cream or cakes, dipping sliced apples into, putting into candy, drizzling over pancakes and waffles, or baking into cakes, cookies, brownies, and more! There are endless options with this caramel sauce! 


Free from: wheat/gluten, peanut, tree nut, coconut, corn, soy, egg, dairy, casein, sesame, sulfites, lupin, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, mustard 


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How to Make 3 Ingredient Caramel Sauce 


Begin by combining the sunflower seed butter and maple syrup in a small sauce pan. Whisk them together and place over medium flame on the stove. 


Continuing to mix, bring the sauce to a first boil. 


First boil means that there is a big bubble in the middle of the pot, not many small bubbles along the sides. It is a term invented for making custards and puddings but works well for how hot we want to get this sauce. 


After the first boil has been reached, turn the heat down to medium low and keep on the stove for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. If you cook this sauce for one minute it will result in a thinner sauce. Cooking it for two minutes means a thicker sauce. It really depends on how you plan on using your sauce when finished to determine how long to cook it for! 


When time is up, remove the pot from the stove and add the vanilla extract and sea salt (if using). It might bubble up on you when you add the vanilla but don’t panic! Just keep stirring it together. 


Let rest on the countertop for a few minutes before using. The longer it rests the thicker the sauce will become. 



Where to Use this Caramel Sauce


There are so many different places you can use this caramel sauce. Here are some ideas on how to use it!


Thinner Consistency:


  • Dip for fruits
  • Drizzle on pancakes and waffles
  • Ice cream topping
  • Mixed into buttercream frosting for sea salt caramel frosting

Thicker Consistency:


  • Coating apples for candy apples
  • Placed in candy
  • Baked into cookies, brownies, or cakes
  • Mixed into slightly melted ice cream with fudge sauce

Caramel Sauce FAQ


How can I make this sauce thicker? 


To make it thicker, make sure you let it cook for a good 2 minutes after first boil. If you want it even thicker, to make candy with, let it continue to cook until the consistency you are after is almost achieved. Remember that this caramel sauce will continue to thicken after cooking as it cools. 


Can I double the recipe? 


Yes! This recipe will easily double or triple for loads of caramel sauce! 


How do you fix broken caramel? 


If you cooked your caramel too long and it is too thick, place it back on the stove over a gentle heat with a few spoonfuls more of maple syrup. Let it warm and continue to stir while it thins out. If it is too thin, place back on a gentle heat and let cook a minute more. 



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Allergy Variations for Caramel Sauce 


The sauce as written is free from most of the major allergens. However, if you want to adapt it more to suit your needs or your tastes, you can easily do so. 


Simply swap the sunflower seed butter for any nut/seed butter of your choosing.

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3 Ingredient Magic Caramel Sauce (nut + dairy free)

3 simple ingredients form a magic caramel sauce that is nut free and dairy free! Top 8 allergy friendly, this sauce tastes just like caramel but with no sugar.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: allergy friendly, coconut free, dairy free, dessert, easy, egg free, gluten free, holiday, nightshade free, nut free, sesame free, soy free, tomato free, vegan, wheat free
Servings: 12 tablespoons


  • whisk
  • small sauce pot
  • measuring cups


  • 1/4 cup Sun Butter, smooth
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt (optional)


  • In a small sauce pan over medium flame, whisk together the sunbutter and maple syrup.
  • Let come to a first boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes while stirring constantly. The longer you cook, the thicker the final sauce will be.
  • After cooking, remove from heat and add vanilla and sea salt if using. Mix well and let cool before using.
  • Will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks when stored in a covered container.


Free from: wheat/gluten, peanut, tree nut, coconut, corn, soy, egg, dairy, casein, sesame, sulfites, lupin, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, mustard
Don't have or don't enjoy sunbutter? Feel free to swap out for a similar nut/seed butter of your choice and cook as directed! 

3 Ingredient Magic Caramel Sauce (nut + dairy free!)



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