Caramel Sauce With Coconut Milk Recipe (Dulche De Leche)

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This caramel sauce with coconut milk is a dairy-free person’s dream come true!

Sometimes, a girl needs something completely delicious, decadent and well…. just downright sinful. And if that something has the added benefit of being clean, well I just don’t see a downside in any of it.

A jar of this homemade Caramel Sauce With Coconut Milk sits on a table, ready to be spooned over your favorite dessert.

The truth is, I’ve been adapting a lot of recipe lately simply because I’m still wrapping my brain around all these new ingredients I’m using (and all the ones I can’t use anymore!). I find that adapting other recipes helps me learn the ins and outs of how particular ingredients function.

Take coconut milk, for example. It’s rich and creamy, and acts almost like regular milk when cooking. But it also contributes that creamy texture to most recipes you make with it and that is why I love it so.

Seeing as how I’m in Ireland at the moment, I’ve been looking at Irish food blogs. I came across this one called, Farmette. It’s a delightful blog and has some incredible looking recipes. Take this one for example. I figured the recipe would be approximately the same with coconut. And while there were some very minor adjustments needed, this caramel sauce with coconut milk worked up beautifully with this dairy-free milk and unprocessed sweetener!


So we finally made it to Blarney Castle. At first, it was one of those things that we thought we would do only if we had some extra time. But instead, we made the time for it, and I’m so glad we did. I think so far, this has been one of the best parts of our trip!

Image of Blarney Castle.

A view from the side of the castle. It’s pretty breathtaking when you arrive at it’s base. The walls were built to lean inwards, giving the castle a much more foreboding appearance. It was built that way to make the castle look larger and taller than it actually is. The blarney was apparently also installed in the architecture!

Caramel Sauce With Coconut Milk

This is the side view of the castle. I just couldn’t stop taking pictures! Construction on Blarney Castle began some time in the 1400’s. Pretty impressive the way they built these large buildings with none of the equipment we have today.

Image of Blarney Castle.

This was a room reserved for young girls or priests when staying at the castle. It was fairly small, but I suppose for those times, it was comfortable accommodations.

Image of Blarney Castle.

Here you are looking up at the second floor fireplace. There is an exact duplicate on the other side of the room. Those pieces sticking out of the wall were the supports for the floor, which has obviously not lasted through the years.

Coconut Dulche De Leche

This is a view of the castle from the Battlements wall. This would have been part of your view if you were defending the castle agains invaders.

Image of Blarney Castle.

The hole at the top of the tower, in the middle is where the Blarney stone is. They lower you down, upside down and backwards so you can kiss the stone. Apparently, the iron grate you see there is a recent addition. Before that, you really took your life into your own hands (or at least the person holding onto you did!) just to kiss a stone that is reportedly good at making you eloquent. If you’d like to read more about the history of the stone, this is a good place to start.

Just for the record, I did NOT kiss the stone! I made it up to about the third floor level in that very narrow and extremely steep staircase with only a rope to hang onto, and my phobias kicked in. It was too high, and too confined. I turned around and very carefully went back down. Maybe next time….

Clean Eating Coconut Dulche De Leche

This is just one of the incredible views of the grounds surrounding the castle. The beauty here is unmatched.
And incase you’ve ever wondered where the term “full of blarney” came from, here’s how it all began…

Clean Eating Coconut Dulche De Leche

In frustration, Elizabeth said, “The earl’s reports were all ‘Blarney’. And thus, a new word was born.

And lastly, there is a postcard we bought that I just loved. It describes the difference between boloney and blarney. Here’s what it said…

Baloney is when you tell a 50-year old woman that she looks 18.
Blarney is when you ask a woman how old she is, because you want to know at what age women are most beautiful.

Maybe I should have kissed that stone after all…

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Clean Eating Coconut Dulche De Leche

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  • 1 (15 oz.) can light coconut milk
  • 1 (15 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  • Put all ingredients in a medium pot. You don't want a small pot as you don't want the milk to cook over. Coconut milk foams just like regular milk, maybe even more so.
  • Stir to combine in the pot, and then turn on the stove to medium heat (not high heat!)
  • Keep an eye on this. The second the milk starts to boil, reduce the heat to your lowest setting. You want a VERY gentle simmer, if that.
  • Skim the foam off the top.
  • Cook for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 10 minutes or so and skimming the foam off the top as needed.
  • After about an hour or so, you will notice that the mixture has greatly reduced and gotten considerably darker and thicker. At this point, you can turn it off.
  • Allow to cool for a bit and then transfer to a glass jar.
  • Chill overnight in the fridge. (It will thicken as it cools)

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  1. Omg!! You are my hero!!! I grew up eating Dulce de leche and I was convinced that I was never going to find a healthy recipe for it!! You are the best!!! Mwaaaa

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monica – Haha! Enjoy!

  2. I’m so excited to try this! Just wondering if this might work in a crock pot?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Felicia – I honestly don’t know as I haven’t tried it. I don’t think it would work simply because a slow cooker has to have the lid on the entire time to keep the temperature correct. But with this, you have to stir it and skim the foam constantly. So I don’t think it would work.

  3. Penny North says:

    How long will this last in the fridge?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Penny – 2-3 weeks, I’m guessing. It didn’t last that long for me, but I gave most of it away.

  4. OMG. Thank you for your fantastic photos – this is as close to the Castle as I will ever come.
    You are such an inspiration to all of us with your photos, blogs and recipes – God Bless.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Phyllis – Awww, thank you! 🙂

  5. Why do you use one light and one full fat? what if you use two of the same?


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Desirae – Because it needs some fat, but I didn’t want to overdo it. So I did half and half. If you want to use two of the same, opt for two of the full fat cans.

  6. And what recommended uses for this decadence? 🙂 The castle is awesome. Jealous.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kinzie – Anything! You can make caramel lattes, dip fruit in it, anything you would use regular caramel sauce for really. Even over ice cream! (Clean ice cream, of course…)

  7. I’ve seen recipes for regular dulce de leche that are done in the crockpot, meaning it wouldn’t have to be stirred every ten minutes. Would this work for this recipe, and if so, how?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nancy – I don’t know as I haven’t tried. When I return home, I’ll experiment.

  8. Lovely to be included in this beautiful post. Thank you. Imen xx

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Imen – My pleasure! I love your blog. Absolutely beautiful. 🙂

  9. FYI if you click the “print” button in the blog, it doesn’t just print the recipe, it prints the full 18 page blog post, including full pages of castle photos. 🙁 It just used up the last of my ink and paper. I’d suggest cutting and pasting if anyone’s wanting this recipe. Despite that, I can’t wait to try it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – If you click the print button, a print screen will pop up. Once you are in that screen (and looking at the recipe and post), anything you click will disappear so you don’t have to print it.

  10. Kim Hopkins says:

    Thank you Thank You Thank you, finally a dairy free caramel that I can enjoy eating & not worry…. you rock!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim – My pleasure! Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  11. Can I sub maple syrup or date syrup for the sugar? I no longer bake or cook with any kind of sugar.
    Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Penny – You can try it. In theory, it should work if you sub by weight, not volume. But I haven’t tired it myself, so I can’t say for sure. I think worst case scenario, you’d have a yummy syrup!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Is that coconut milk in a can? If so, I can’t find it anywheres except in the international food section and then I can’t read it to see if it is full fat or what. Do you have any suggestions on where to find it?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – Yes, it’s in a can. Most mainstream grocery stores carry it. If you can’t find one you can read, try buying it from amazon. The Natural Value brand is clean and is also BPA free.

  13. Looks delicious. What is coconut sugar? Can I sub real sugar if I can’t find coconut sugar?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lori – Depends. If you want it to be clean, then no. But if you don’t care, than it would probably work. Take a look at the original recipe I linked to in the notes above the recipe. It will give you a good idea of how to do it with real sugar.

      Coconut sugar is a sweetener made from the sap of a particular type of palm tree. It looks similar to brown sugar, but more dry. Good stuff! You can get it at many health food stores or order it online from

  14. I love your blog!!
    It is coconut sugar same than coconut palm sugar???

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Olivia – Yes, I believe so.

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