While traditional caramel is full of dairy, making plant-based caramel can be really easy! You can swap out the dairy ingredients for their dairy-free counterparts or get a little creative and make caramel out of dates. These dairy-free caramel recipes are full of classic combos, like caramel apple, caramel peanut butter, and caramel popcorn! They’re sweet, sticky, and oh so delicious!

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1. Caramel Peach Pie

Caramel Peach Pie [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Celebrate the late summer’s bounty with this lush and totally delicious peach pie with hints of sultry caramel. Slices of juicy peaches are tossed with custard powder (or cornstarch), caramel sauce, lemon juice, and sugar and a hint of warm spices, then baked in a simple pie dough until the fruit bubbles and breaks down and the sugar-sprinkled crust browns and turns flaky. The result is a firm aromatic pie that is luscious and creamy and bright and tastes like summer. This Caramel Peach Pie by Elsa Brobbey is so delicious!

2. Salted Caramel and Pecan Cheesecake

Salted Caramel and Pecan Cheesecake

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This Vegan Salted Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake by Teri Macovei is a stunner. There is a nutty bottom with a hint of vanilla, followed by a thin and crunchy layer of caramel, chopped pecans, smooth and creamy cheesecake-like layer, and ending with a luscious melty caramel layer, topped with more crunchy pecans. It’s made to impress and deliver an unforgettable cake eating experience.


3. Vegan Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding is such a classic and comforting dessert, and this Vegan Bread Pudding by Ivy is just as fantastic. It’s warm, sugary, buttery, and delicious.

4. Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Blondies

Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Blondies

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Perfectly fluffy, and moist blondies studded with soft chunks of apple, rich notes of peanut butter, and drizzled in creamy coconut-based caramel. These Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Blondies by Taavi Moore are comforting, warm, and oh so delicious.


5. Vegan Caramel Popcorn

Vegan Caramel Popcorn [Gluten-Free]

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Most caramel corn you buy isn’t vegan because it usually contains butter in the caramel. This Vegan Caramel Popcorn by Rhea Parsons is so tasty!

6. Paleo Caramel Macchiato

Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Caramel Macchiato

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You can cup your hands around this delicious Paleo Caramel Macchiato by Sabrina Estafo anytime of the year! The coffee and vegan salted caramel sauce becomes inseparable as they mix together to craft this esteemed, warm beverage. It tastes just like the one you know and love, but better, because it’s completely dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free, clean-eating, and guilt-free!

7. Salted Caramel and Fig Cheesecake Bites

Salted Caramel and Fig Cheesecake Bites

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Fig and (vegan) cheese has to be one of the best combinations, and that is no exception in these Salted Caramel and Fig Cheesecake Bites by Vicky Coates. They are high in protein, low in sugar, vegan and gluten free!


8. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

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This Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie by Vicky Coates is the perfect start to your day!

9. Salted Caramel Protein Blondies

Salted Caramel Protein Blondies

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These flourless Salted Caramel Protein Blondies by Tara Sunshine are so gooey and delicious that you’ll barely believe they’re healthy, too! None of my taste testers could tell they were made with chickpeas. Instead, they described them as a cross between peanut butter cookies and caramel fudge.

10. Almond Caramel Cupcakes

Almond Caramel Cupcakes

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Tender almond dough, filled with a soft core made of caramel cream, topped with vanilla-caramel frosting and crunchy biscuit crumbs…what more could you want? This recipe is simply delicious and a must-make! Melanie Kröpfl’s Almond Caramel Cupcakes are fantastic.

11. Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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There may not be a better combination than apples and caramel unless of course, pecans and a hint of sea salt are added to the mix. Now imagine this delightful combination of flavors in a cheesecake version. Obviously, this dairy-free cake doesn’t contain any real cheese, but the cashews and cacao butter combine beautifully to create a raw version of the classic creamy cheesecake. If you are after a visually appealing, healthy dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth and put a smile on every face at your table this Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake by Nikki and Zuzana is it!

12. Salted Caramel Energy Bites

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Salted Caramel Energy Bites by Caroline Doucet made with dates for a caramel-like flavor, without the added sugar. These bites are packed with nutritious ingredients, including cashews, chia seeds and oats. Have them for a snack, dessert or even a quick breakfast on-the-go!

13. Carrot Cake

Vegan Carrot Cake

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This Carrot Cake by Lena Novak takes simple ingredients and makes a beautiful cake! This cake is perfect for your holiday celebrations or even to serve at any special occasion!

14. High-Protein Caramel Cappuccino

High-Protein Caramel Cappuccino

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Creamy, frothy, caramel packed & just like your favorite coffee shop makes! This High-Protein Caramel Cappuccino by Logan Dunn & Lexus Osmand is perfect for warming up on those chilly fall mornings and is secretly loaded with high-quality vegan protein to help you recover from even the toughest of workouts.

15. Caramel Cashew Banana Bread

Vegan Caramel Cashew Banana Bread

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Who doesn’t love a bit of banana bread and equally who doesn’t love how easy it is to make?! This Caramel Cashew Banana Bread by Vicky Coates is the perfect moist and soft texture packed with chunks of caramel cashew bar. Its full of protein, low in sugar as well as being gluten-free.

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