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Spiced Sugar Free Caramel Sauce

There are two things that I want to point out in this post. One is that even the Swerve brown sugar will crystalize once your sauce cools down. The second thing is that once I figured out which sugar free sweetener to use to make my own brown sugar, it tasted like penuche candies which I LOVE.

Both caramel sauces and penuche candy call for brown sugar. Sooo I will tell you how to make your own approximation of sugar free “brown sugar”. This post will also be followed by a really great Keto friendly penuche candy recipe. Yay!

On the first attempt at the sugar free caramel sauce, I grabbed my Swerve brown sugar. What a waste of a whole bag of sweetener!

Don't use swerve brown sweetener for any caramel sauce. It crystallizes tot fast.
Caramel sauce made with Swerve brown sweetener. The first picture shows a reasonable facsimile of caramel sauce. The second picture shows how the sauce started crystallizing immediately as it started to cool down. Not too appetizing.
making Keto friendly caramel sauce with brown sugar flavor extract
Much better. This sauce is made with Xylitol granulated sweetener and a brown sugar flavor extract. Those little bubbles are from boiling the sweetener mixture.
Keto caramel sauce
This is the Xylitol sauce about three hours after cooling down. As you can see, the sauce thickened up, it darkened a bit but it stayed smooth with no crystallization to the texture.

The most important part of this sauce recipe is to make your own “brown sugar” with Xylitol and a brown sugar flavor extract. I ordered the extract online from Olive Nation. I was blown away by how many different flavor concentrates and extracts that I found online. On a side note, I also bought the marshmallow flavor concentrate which is awesome for making Keto whipped marshmallow fluff. Yum!

To make the “brown sugar” replica, use 1 tsp flavor per one cup of granulated sweetener. I used granulated Xylitol to make the mix.

Brown sugar flavor extract
Use one tsp flavor extract per 1 cup of granulated sweetener.
Making Keto friendly "brown sugar" with Xylitol
The mixed granulated sweetener with brown sugar flavor extract.

I made one cup of “brown sugar” to use in this caramel sauce recipe.

The traditional caramel sauce recipe that I found called for Corn syrup. Since I’m trying to make Keto friendly sauce, I used a Stevia sweetened pancake syrup that I bought at Safeway grocers in place of the corn syrup.

Keto Sugar Free Caramel Sauce

  • Difficulty: easy
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Make 1 cup of the “brown sugar” sweetener as outlined above.
In place of corn syrup, I used Stevia sweetened cinnamon flavored pancake syrup that I bought at Safeway grocery store.


– 1 cup homemade sugar free “brown sugar”. I used Xylitol granulated mixed with 1 tsp brown sugar flavor extract.
– 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
– 1/4 cup Stevia sweetened sugar free cinnamon maple flavored syrup
– 1 tbsp butter (I used salted butter)


  1. Throw everything together into a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly until the granulated sweetener has dissolved.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
  4. Let sauce cool down a bit so that you can pour it into an airtight jar.
  5. 5.Store in a pantry or cupboard. No need to refrigerate.

Use this sauce to top cakes, cookies, custard, mousse, ice cream….the choices are many! Enjoy.

Keto penuche candy
Wait till you taste the penuche candy from my recipe to follow. It’s just like the candy that I remember as a kid using her lunch money to stop at 7/11 on the way home from school. LOL.

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