Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce with Optional Smoky Notes
Last week, I made some smoked salted caramel sauce. It was just amazing and I will be bringing you the recipe sometime soon. Sugar and cream, however, are not the healthiest of ingredients, so when I was sent some maca powder recently, I thought I’d try a healthier alternative. This vegan salted caramel sauce is both dairy-free and sugar-free and it’s positively good for you.
I hoped to create something that would taste like the real deal, but I was expecting it to be somewhat inferior to the original. How wrong I was, the vegan salted caramel sauce was equal to, if not better than the full on cream and sugar version. In fact, the original tasted unpleasantly sweet after trying this sugar-free version. The sweetness comes from malt extract, medjool dates and the caramel flavour from both the dates and maca.
Coconut milk would probably be the best milk to use in this vegan salted caramel sauce, but I only had hemp milk to hand. The fat element was provided by coconut oil. Rather than straightforward sea salt, I used smoked sea salt to give a gorgeous hint of smokiness. My trusty Optimum 9200A power blender whizzed everything to a super smooth consistency and the sauce was duly poured over pancakes and served with raspberries. You’ll find the recipe near the bottom of this post.
I received the maca powder from Indigo Herbs as one of their new summer offerings. Indigo Herbs is a well established online shop selling ingredients promoting wellbeing. I highlighted some of their spring range of products in my post on how to make your raw chocolates more interesting.
Organic Maca Powder
Maca is a high altitude superfood root from the Andes. It tastes slightly bitter but with a strong malty, caramel flavour, which makes it perfect for vegan salted caramel sauce. Mostly, I add it to morning smoothies. Maca is said to be good for the adrenals and have a calming effect on the nervous system. It’s particularly useful to take in the summer as it’s good for desensitising skin and enabling it to cope with extreme temperatures. £3.99 for a 100g pack (other sizes available).
Coconut Oil Virgin Coconut Oil
I use a lot of cold pressed organic coconut oil and I’ve written about it many times before. The product is versatile and is said to have many health benefits. It has a high smoke point, so is good for frying, it makes an excellent alternative to butter in baking and it’s a saviour for raw food enthusiasts. Coconut oil is also good for oil pulling. For those not in the know, this is an Ayurvedic technique for cleaning your teeth which involves swishing a tbsp of oil in your mouth for ten minutes or so. It’s said to prevent tooth decay, strengthen and heal bleeding gums and cure cracked lips among a host of other benefits. You’re meant to do it 3-4 times a week, I only remember to do it about once a month. £7.49 for a 500g jar.
Turmeric is something else I use a lot of. I add it to curries, soups and smoothies. It’s well known for being an anti-inflammatory and is meant to help ease the symptoms of arthritis. As my joints get creakier as the years pass by, I’m trying to be more consistent in my dosage. The idea is to have a small glass of turmeric milk every night before going to bed. I haven’t yet developed the habit, but I’m determined to get there. £3.99 for a 100g pack (other sizes available).
Organic Spirulina Tablets
Spirulina is a great multi vitamin and detoxifier which makes it really useful to counteract the effects of all that summer socialising. Whilst it’s easy enough to add spirulina powder to your morning smoothie, these tablets are convenient for taking on holiday with you; they’re packed in a sturdy resealable pouch. £4.99 for a 100g pack (other sizes available).
Super Cleanse Tea
This mix of fennel seeds, liquorice root, nettle leave, dandelion leave, red clover and ginger powder is designed to uplift and cleanse the body of toxins. I’m always up for a bit of detoxification. Simply pour on hot water and allow to steep for a few minutes. It’s surprisingly sweet with some ginger heat and as a liquorice fan, I really like the flavour. £3.99 for a 50g pack.
- 6 medjool dates - stoned
- 1 tbsp malt syrup
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil, or 2 heaped tsp of unmelted coconut oil (I used Indigo Herbs)
- 1 rounded tsp maca powder (I used Indigo Herbs)
- pinch of sea salt (I used Cornish smoked sea salt)
- 250-400 ml dairy free milk of your choice, depending on how runny you want it.
- Put everything into a power blender and blitz for 30-40 seconds - I used my Froothie Optimum 9200A.
- Pour or spoon into a jar and use immediately or store in the fridge for a week. It will get thicker as it cools.
- Yields one medium sized jar.
- Use 250ml milk initially and then add more as needed.