We all love caramel desserts, and making them in a vegan-friendly style is a pure delight. And after considering the growing love for caramel and vegan desserts, we decided to create this dessert recipe guide to satisfy your vegan sweet tooth. With just a few ingredients and some basic cooking skills, you can ace these vegan desserts. So let’s indulge in some vegan deliciousness, shall we?
Vegan Caramel Sauce
This had to be at the top of our list of recipes because honestly, who doesn’t enjoy some luscious and gooey caramel sauce? Well, to make these, all you need to do is add a cup of full-fat coconut milk, 3/4th cup of brown sugar or refined sugar, and a tablespoon of cornstarch in a saucepan and cook it at medium-high heat for a couple of minutes. Make sure that you keep stirring to prevent it from forming clots.
Once you see the sauce taking a bubbly and foamy texture, lower the heat and add 1/4th teaspoon of sea salt, only if you prefer salted caramel sauce. Next, remove from heat, allow it to cool, and voila! You have made yourself a rich and creamy batch of caramel sauce with just a few easy steps. We highly recommend having this vegan caramel sauce with a scoop of plant-based ice cream to satisfy your sweet craving!
Vegan Caramels can make up for a perfect sweet treat and an ideal homemade gift for your vegan friends. For making these, pour one cup of sugar and coconut cream and 1/2 cup of corn syrup in a tall saucepan, cook it at medium heat and stir it constantly. When you see that the sugar has dissolved, it takes approximately 5-7 minutes, add 1/4th cup of vegan margarine, and continue stirring.
After a couple of minutes, when the caramel has reached its boiling point, stop stirring and check the temperature with a candy thermometer. If the temperature has reached 250 F, add a tablespoon of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder for the extra flavor. Give it a gentle mix and immediately pour the mixture onto a greased pan and allow it to cool in the refrigerator for an hour or so. Then take it out, chop it into small square pieces, wrap them up in candy paper, and they’re ready!
Vegan Salted Caramel Pudding
If you’re looking for a creamy caramel dessert, then there’s nothing better than a vegan salted caramel pudding. For making this, add 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 1/2 cup of coconut sugar, and 1/4th teaspoon of salt in a saucepan and cook it on medium-high heat. After around ten minutes, when you see the color changing, add two tablespoons of cornflour and another 1/2 cup of coconut milk and whisk it constantly.
When you notice that the consistency is thick and custard-like, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence, lower the flame, stir for another five minutes and then remove from heat. Allow it to come to room temperature, pour the mixture into small, round containers, cover them with cling-on paper, and store them in the refrigerator for three hours. After that, take the containers out, and garnish them with coconut whipped cream and sea salt. Just like that, your vegan, gluten-free caramel pudding is ready!
Vegan Caramel Ice Cream
How can we not add a vegan ice cream recipe to this guide? To make a rich and creamy vegan caramel ice cream, soak 1 and 1/2 cups of cashews in water for around 3 hours in advance to achieve the perfect consistency and texture. Now, combine 3/4th cup of tahini caramel, soaked cashews, 1/2 cup cashew pulp, 1 and 1/2 cans of full-fat coconut cream, 1/4th cup maple syrup, and 1/4th tsp salt in a bowl.
Use a blender or food processor and blend all these ingredients at high speed until everything is combined correctly and the mixture is thickened. Approximately this takes around ten minutes, but it depends on your device. Next, pour the mixture into the ice cream tray, cover it with cling-on paper and allow it to set in the freezer for around three to four hours. When it’s ready, remove the container, scoop out the ice cream in a bowl, garnish it with some caramel sauce and enjoy!
Well, these were the top four vegan caramel desserts that are super easy to make. Additionally, you may also consider the following ones.
- Vegan Coconut Caramel Custard
- Vegan Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce
- Vegan Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles
- Vegan Caramel Cheesecake
- Vegan Caramel Cookies
- Vegan Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart
- Vegan Creme Caramel, etc.
All in all, it is fair to say that the range of vegan desserts has been expanding incredibly. Almost any caramel dessert can be turned vegan by using specific plant-based alternatives without compromising on its taste. Even the vegan ingredients are readily available in the market today, so there is absolutely nothing stopping you from making these yummy vegan delicacies. So make a list, grab the ingredients, put on an apron, and get started with preparing your favorite vegan caramel dessert from the list.