Refined Sugar Free Caramel Sauce

A glass mason jar filled with caramel sauce.

This refined sugar free caramel sauce is a delicious way to dress up desserts, pancakes, French toast, ice cream, or waffles. Or use this sauce as a dip for fresh berries, apple slices, or bananas.

Main Ingredients In This Refined Sugar Free Caramel Sauce

This caramel sauce is sweetened with date paste and contains no added sugar. Date paste works well in this sauce because dates have a naturally caramely flavour. You can make date paste by soaking some dates, then blending them into a smooth purée. See my date paste recipe for exact instructions and amounts, see my date paste recipe.

Unsalted butter is an important ingredient in this sauce because it adds a rich, luscious texture and plenty of flavour. If you prefer to avoid butter you can substitute coconut oil instead.

This recipe calls for pure vanilla extract. Be sure to use pure vanilla extract as opposed artificial vanilla extract if possible. Or scrape the beans from a fresh vanilla pod instead of you prefer.

A bit of salt enhances the sweet, caramel flavour in this recipe. If you need to follow a low sodium diet then simply omit the salt.

You can transform this refined sugar free caramel sauce into a delicious chocolate fudge sauce, simply by stirring in some cocoa powder while the caramel is cooking. 1/4 cup cocoa powder is perfect. 

Or divide the finished recipe in half and add cocoa powder to half to create a fudge sauce and leave the other half plain. Then top some ice cream with a drizzle of both kinds of sauce plus a dollop of this refined sugar free whipped cream to create a truly decadent sundae.

This sauce is best served either warm or at room temperature. You can store this refined sugar free caramel sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

More Refined Sugar Free Treats

These vegan gluten free peanut butter cookies are easy to make and don’t contain any added sugar. They’re a tasty, casual dessert that’s simple enough to make with kids.

Or try this vegan cashew cheesecake. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and perfect for special occasions.

A glass mason jar filled with caramel sauce.
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Refined Sugar Free Caramel Sauce

This refined sugar free caramel sauce is delicious on top of brownies, ice cream, or fruit.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free, refined sugar free, sauce
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 52kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups date paste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Add the date paste, butter, vanilla, and salt to a saucepan and simmer on low heat until the mixture browns slightly and thickens a little, approximately 8 minutes.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature or store in the fridge.
  • Reheat slightly or bring to room temperature to serve.
  • Makes 1 cup of refined sugar free caramel sauce.


  • Drizzle this sauce on top of desserts, pancakes, and waffles or use as a dip for fresh fruit.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg