Here's a recipe for sweet and salty low-carb sugar-free caramel sauce with only 1 gram total carbohydrate per tablespoon. And, there's no sugar alcohol or fiber sweetener! Perfect for dessert!
I've always been a lover of butterscotch and caramel. But, being packed full of sugar, they are not allowed on a low-carb diet. That is, if you don't have a keto-friendly version like this one!
Both butterscotch and caramel typically require a heavy dose of sugars and/or sweeteners for the taste to be right. When I made my sugar-free butterscotch pudding, the erythritol crystallized after refrigerating. So I hope to rework that recipe using liquid sweetener.
I'm recently have been moving away from using erythritol and fiber sweeteners. Instead, I've stocked up on both liquid and powder concentrated forms of monk fruit and stevia!
For monk fruit, I've been using this liquid and this powder. And for stevia, I mainly use this vanilla liquid stevia and this stevia powder.
As for this specific sugar-free caramel sauce, I opted to use liquid sweeteners.
I seem to be sensitive to both erythritol and fiber-based sweeteners, which is the main reason I avoid them. But, they also have carbs that are often subtracted for net carbs.
This sugar-free caramel recipe is going to taste amazing (without hurting your daily carb count)!
Ingredients Needed For Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce
There are only four simple ingredients in this sweet dessert sauce.
Whenever you make this caramel sauce, use unsalted butter. You should only use salted butter if you are wanting a salted caramel sauce.
The heavy cream is what will give it a rich taste and creamy texture. You only need about ¼ a cup.
You should use unsalted almond butter as well. If you use salted almond butter, it will make the caramel sauce taste salty.
Monk Fruit Sweetener
For the best results, I suggest using Lakanto Liquid Monk Fruit Sweetener in vanilla. You honestly don't need much of it.
I used about ⅛th of a teaspoon, but you can add more if you want it a little sweeter.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- I prefer using salted butter and unsalted almond butter to give the sauce a buttery salted caramel taste.
- It’s best to use a light-colored pan so you can watch the color of the sauce and simmer it just until it turns golden brown.
- Use the sauce right away. As it cools down, it will begin to harden again.
How To Make Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce
All the exact steps are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are a few more tips and some step-by-step pictures.
Melt The Butter
You are going to make this entire recipe in a saucepan. Start out by melting the butter. Keep heating it until it turns golden brown and foamy.
Add Heavy Cream And Almond Butter
Then, add the heavy cream and almond butter and keep stirring it into the browned butter. Turn the heat down and continue to stir until it thickens up really nicely.
Remove From Heat & Stir In Sweetener
Finally, take it off the heat source and add the sweetener drops (you don't need very many). Taste it and add more if you want it to taste sweeter.
How To Use The Caramel Sauce
There are so many different low-carb desserts that will taste even better with this sauce. Add it on top of your favorite keto ice cream or drizzle it over a low-carb mug cake. Any chocolate dessert will taste even better with this sweet caramel sauce!
Sometimes, I'll just enjoy eating it right off the spoon.
When I put the leftover sauce in the refrigerator, it did harden up but was still easily scooped from the jar. I think this sugar-free caramel sauce would make a good filling for low-carb candies, too!
Frequently Asked Questions About Keto Caramel Sauce
Before I share the entire recipe, here are some questions people often ask about it.
Can you use erythritol instead of monk fruit sweetener?
I do not recommend using erythritol instead of monk fruit sweetener in a low-carb caramel sauce.
Erythritol can crystallize and make the product crunchy. Definitely not something I want in a dessert sauce!
What is the purpose of almond butter?
Not only does the almond butter add color, but it also thickens the sugar-free caramel sauce. At first, I tried two tablespoons, but that was too much. So, I reduced it to only 1 tablespoon, which was perfect.
How do you make this paleo?
For those on a paleo diet, I bet the butter could be replaced with ghee, and coconut cream could be used in place of heavy cream. I want to give that a try the next time I make this sauce, which will likely be very soon.
Should I use salted butter or unsalted butter?
That depends on whether you want it to taste salty or not. I used salted butter and it came out with a nice taste that was a cross between butterscotch and salted caramel.
Does the sauce harden when it gets cold?
The sauce does harden up when it gets cold. I served it over some low-carb vanilla ice cream and it got thick like fudge. And, the taste was amazing.
I got inspiration from a browned butter salted caramel sauce at The Chunky Chef to make my sauce. The idea to add almond butter came from the vegan caramel sauce found at Pinch of Yum!
Some may argue that keto dieters don't need sweets. But I enjoy them, so I don't want to give them up completely. However, I want to be smart about the ingredients I use to make them.
More Low-Carb Sauces & Toppings
If you enjoyed this low-carb caramel sauce, here are some more keto-friendly sauces and toppings you will enjoy next. They are some of our most popular recipes.
- Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam tastes amazing as a dip or on top of your favorite low-carb muffin.
- Keto Maple Syrup is the perfect thing for your protein pancakes or to top some chaffles.
- Low-Carb Peanut Butter Sauce is a delicious ice cream topping and has a wonderful nutty taste.
- Sugar-Free Cranberry Blueberry Sauce is a yummy combination of bright fruit flavors.
- Easy Hot Fudge Sauce is a cinch to make and only has 2g net carbs in each serving.
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Low Carb Sugar Free Caramel Sauce
- ¼ cup unsalted butter use salted if you like salty caramel
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon almond butter preferably unsalted
- ⅛ teaspoon Lakanto vanilla liquid monk fruit sweetener more or less to taste
- Melt butter in pan over medium heat until it turns golden brown and foamy. It's best to use a light colored pan so you can watch the color.
- Add in the heavy cream and almond butter to the browned butter. Stir to blend in. Then, lower heat and continue to stir frequently until sauce has thickened. If using unsalted butter and almond butter without salt, add in a dash of salt or more to taste.
- Remove from heat and stir in the sweetener drops. It's best to use right away as it hardens up as it gets cold and needs to be gently warmed to reuse.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 2 [calories] => 194 [carbohydrates] => 2 [saturated_fat] => 4 [monounsaturated_fat] => 2 [cholesterol] => 20 [sodium] => 6 [potassium] => 11 [fiber] => 1 [sugar] => 1 [vitamin_a] => 200 [calcium] => 20 [iron] => 0.2 [serving_unit] => tablespoons )
Notes on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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First published on June 2, 2017. Updated on May 27, 2021, with new images and additional recipe information.
Hi! Are you fine?
Can I use peanut butter instead of almonds?
Peanut butter is fine as a substitute.
This looks so delicious, can't wait to try it!
I too have problems with the plant fiber based sweeteners like Vita-Fiber as they boost my blood sugar but erythritol itself is fine for me but it could recrystalize in this recipe so I'll stick with the liquid sweeteners. I've even got caramel stevia drops so will use that for an extra boost of caramel flavor. I'll give your recipe a try with coconut milk instead of heavy cream and a vegan "butter" instead. I'm sure it would be fantastic. Thank you for the delicious sounding recipe!
I've moved to a paleo diet so I'll give this one a try with coconut cream and ghee next time. The caramel flavored stevia will be a nice add!
It thought it tasted pretty good too!
Thank so much for this. I am going to make it and pour it into my ice cream maker so that it can ribbon through my ice cream.
Just be sure to heat it up a little if you store it in the fridge. I'll admit that I typically eat it with a spoon. 🙂
I'm glad you enjoyed the sauce!