Vegan Miso Caramel Sauce Without Cream Recipe

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by Maggie Turansky

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If you’re looking for a delicious and uniquely flavoured topping for ice cream (or any dessert, really) then this miso caramel sauce without cream is the perfect thing.

Completely dairy-free and vegan, this caramel sauce swaps butter and heavy cream with coconut oil and coconut cream. And while salted caramel is absolutely delicious, I’ve cut the sweetness in this sauce by incorporating a bit of funky miso paste.

This sauce is also a lot less finicky to make than other caramels I’ve covered on this website (like my chewy caramels or caramel popcorn) and comes together in about 15 minutes – not accounting for the time it takes to cool.

So if you’re looking for a delicious, easy caramel sauce to make, this is the one for you.

Miso Caramel Sauce without Cream
Vegan Miso Caramel Sauce

How to Make Miso Caramel Sauce without Cream

What makes this sauce easier than other homemade caramels is the fact that it’s a dry caramel, meaning that there is no water added.

This means you don’t need to be as concerned about crystallisation as you would with a wet caramel and you can (and should) stir to your heart’s content.

Ingredients for this miso caramel sauce recipe
Ingredients for this miso caramel sauce recipe

To get started, add a bit of sugar to the bottom of a small saucepan. Set the pan over medium-high heat and keep on the heat until you see the sugar begin to melt and spots begin to look wet.

Use a spoon to cover these wet spots with a bit more sugar, continuing this process until all of your sugar is added to the pan.

Adding sugar to the saucepan
Adding sugar to the saucepan

Then, using a heatproof spatula, stir the sugar to encourage it to caramelise and melt completely. It will clump and look a bit like wet sand initially – this is okay and normal.

Just keep stirring the sugar until the large crystals dissolve completely and the caramel is smooth and turns a deep amber colour.

Continuing to stir the sugar
Continuing to stir the sugar

As soon as the sugar reaches this stage, remove the pot from the heat and immediately add in some coconut oil and coconut cream.

These two ingredients are perfect substitutes for butter and heavy cream when making a vegan caramel sauce. They also lend a wonderful coconut flavour to the finished sauce.

Adding the coconut cream and oil
Adding the coconut cream and oil

The caramel will sputter and steam when these are added so be careful but don’t be alarmed.

This is also the time to add in your miso paste, which will add a saltiness and umami that really cuts the cloying sweetness that caramel sauce can have.

Caramel spluttering
Caramel spluttering

Keep stirring with the spatula until the oil, coconut cream and miso paste are thoroughly incorporated and the sauce is dark, smooth and silky.

Then, pour into a heatproof container and allow to cool to room temperature before using.

Stirring the caramel sauce
Stirring the caramel sauce

It may seem pretty runny at first, but as it cools it will turn into a sauce that is still easy to drizzle over all kinds of fruits and desserts.

Miso Caramel Sauce without Cream

Vegan Miso Caramel Sauce Without Cream

This miso caramel sauce is the perfect topping for an array of sweet treats. It's also completely vegan and easy to make.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 12
Total Time 15 minutes



  • Pour half of the sugar into a small saucepan, ensuring that it is evenly distributed over the bottom. Set over medium-high heat and cook until the sugar begins to melt in spots. As soon as the sugar begins to melt, sprinkle more sugar over the wet spots.
    Adding sugar to the saucepan
  • Once all of the sugar is added, use a heatproof spatula to stir the mixture until the sugar is all melted and caramelised. Note that the sugar will clump and crystalise at first but it will dissolve and smooth out as it cooks.
    Continuing to stir the sugar
  • When the sugar is deep amber and smooth, remove it from the heat and immediately add the coconut oil, coconut cream and miso paste. Mix with a heatproof spatula until well combined.
    Caramel spluttering
  • Pour into a heatproof bowl and allow to cool completely before serving.
    Miso Caramel Sauce without Cream



I recommend using caster sugar (also known as superfine sugar) here as it dissolves more easily and quickly in the water. However, you can use granulated sugar if this is all you have.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information is automatically generated and provided as guidance only. Accuracy is not guaranteed.

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And that’s how to make homemade caramel sauce without heavy cream! This recipe is easy and full of unique and delicious flavours.

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