Diving into the world of caramel sauce – but not just any caramel sauce. This easy 2 ingredient caramel sauce is sugar free, so it is heavenly on your taste buds and friendly for diabetes management.
Caramel sauce, with its rich, velvety texture, is a culinary classic that has the power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. This decadent sauce can elevate your desserts, turning a simple scoop of ice cream into a gourmet sundae or making your favourite treats feel like a special occasion.
While traditional caramel sauce relies heavily on sugar, this 2-ingredient sugar-free version proves that you don’t have to compromise on taste to maintain a diabetes-friendly diet. This is the sweet indulgence you’ve been searching for, minus the worry of soaring blood sugars.
All about Xylitol
Before we get to the mouthwatering details of this 2-ingredient caramel sauce, let’s talk about my favourite sugar substitute, xylitol.
Derived from a natural source of birch bark, xylitol is a sugar alcohol that provides the same sweetness as sugar but with 40% less calories and a much lower glycemic index.
For those living with diabetes, this means you can satisfy your sweet cravings without the rollercoaster ride of blood sugar levels. In fact, we have found that we do not need to give any insulin with xylitol making it a great carb count free option
You can read more about xylitol and other popular sweeteners in the article below and don’t forget to go to my SHOP page for my recommended products:
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Supporting Diabetes Management
Managing diabetes is all about maintaining stable blood sugar levels, and xylitol can be an invaluable ally in this journey. Here’s how:
- Steady Blood Sugar: Unlike regular sugar which can cause rapid spikes and crashes in blood sugar, xylitol has a minimal impact on glucose levels. It’s metabolized independently of insulin, making it a smart choice for diabetics.
- Reduced Carb Count: Xylitol is a low-carb sweetener, making it an ideal substitute in recipes. When you’re watching your carb intake, every gram counts, and xylitol offers a way to enjoy sweetness without the carb load.
- Oral Health Benefits: If you’re diabetic, you’re also more susceptible to oral health issues. Xylitol has been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, making it a win-win for your overall health.
The 2 Ingredients for sugar-free caramel sauce
- 1 cup xylitol
- Double (heavy) Cream
How to make the best 2 ingredient caramel sauce
This couldn’t be quicker or easier to make but you do need to be vigilant to ensure that your sauce doesn’t burn!
Heat the Xylitol: Place the xylitol in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. As it begins to melt, gently swirl the pan to ensure even heating.
The xylitol will transform into a liquid.
Add Water: Carefully pour in the water. Be cautious as it may sizzle and bubble.
Keep it on the heat until the water evaporates and it starts to smoke slightly
Add the cream: Carefully pour in the cream. Be cautious as it may sizzle and bubble.
Cool and Enjoy: Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool slightly before using so it can thicken.
Top Tips on Making a sugar free Caramel Sauce with Xylitol
This sugar-free caramel drizzle took me a little practice to master. It was a little hairy on a few attempts but I hope that if you follow the steps and tips below, you too can enjoy this delicious sauce perfect for all sorts of toppings.
- Try not to stir the sauce and where possible just leave it to do its thing. I found the more I interfered the more problems I would have, particularly around crystallisation.
- I would recommend only using xylitol for this recipe. I did try with erythritol and a brown sugar alternative but I had issues with crystallisation, so the sauce was very gritty!
Here are some serving suggestions for your 2 ingredient caramel sauce that will add a touch of sweetness to various dishes and treats:
- Caramel Drizzled Berries or apples:
- Top a bowl of fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) and yoghurt with a drizzle of sugar-free caramel sauce. The sweet and tart flavours will complement each other perfectly.
- Drizzled over an Apple Crumble
- Caramel Coffee Delight:
- Add a spoonful of sugar-free caramel sauce to your morning coffee or latte for a delightful caramel-infused caffeine boost. It’s like having a fancy coffee shop treat at home.
- Caramel Yogurt Parfait:
- Create a healthy dessert or snack by layering Greek yoghurt with sliced bananas, chopped nuts, and a drizzle of sugar-free caramel sauce. It’s a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Caramel Dipped Apple Slices:
- Slice apples into wedges and serve them with a small bowl of sugar-free caramel sauce for dipping. This classic combination of sweet and crisp is perfect for a quick and healthy snack.
- Caramel Apple Sundae:
- In a bowl add a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream, a good dollop of Stewed Apples and a few chopped nuts for a delicious dessert.
These serving suggestions showcase the versatility of this sugar-free caramel sauce. It really is the perfect addition for that extra touch of sweetness and indulgence. Enjoy!
Also please bear in mind that this sauce is a concentrated xylitol sauce and consumed in large quantities may have a laxative effect. Particularly if you are eating this with other goods sweetened with a sugar substitute.
How to store
This sauce really is at its best freshly made and used straight away, once it has cooled slightly. However, you can store it in the fridge for a couple of days if you want to make it in advance
As it cools it will become solid, but you can reheat it in a saucepan or in the microwave. So ensure that you put it in a suitable container. I find a microwave-safe pot is best.
This sauce may not need to be carb counted despite the cream used and the naturally occurring carbohydrates found in lactose.
The total carb count for 12 tbsps of this sauce is 1.5g of carbs.
A suggested serving of 2 tbsps would be less than 0.25g of countable carbs.