Paleo CocoNut Caramels

Is it just me or is this the coldest winter that’s ever happened in the history of the world (or at least the past 25 years…)? For all of you that live in warmer climates, we’re in a fight. Not a big one, just a small one where I will pretend everything is fine, but in truth? It isn’t. I don’t WANT to be in a fight but this “polar vortex” business needs to cut it out.

Now that my weather rant is over, let’s talk about something way more fun, CARAMELS! I am a sweets girl at heart and used to tell everyone that I was sweet in disposition because of all the ice cream, brownies, etc that I consumed. I was the ‘dessert after every meal’ kinda girl and to an extent I still retain this part of me by having some dark chocolate nearly every day, but it’s 85% or darker so it doesn’t really count… These caramels though? Dangerous to have in my fridge. Although they only use maple syrup and some coocnut sugar as sweetener, they are still a treat and are something I need to share so I don’t eat every. last. one. in my apartment!

These came about due to my love of Pinterest (I have more than 2,;000 pins… it’s pretty serious). I get so many ideas browsing all the different categories and was inspired by these Coconut Pecan Praline Cookies and wanted to make a paleo-friendly version! If you aren’t already on Pinterest, you should get on it! Unless you don’t need something else to waste copious hours of your life. Anyways, gosh I’m distracted… could be the sugar from these caramels… Oh look, a squirrel! Jk. Sort of.

Okay, I’ll try to be normal now. These are rich, creamy, crunchy, and coconutty and really do taste like a normal caramel (or at least what I remember . I made them 1/2 tbsp sized, but they are pretty rich so you could easily make them even smaller (tsp sized would be good) and they would be the perfect end to a meal if you want something small and sweet! I also made mine with half walnuts and half pecans but any nuts you have on hand would be a good substitution! I can imagine they would be incredible with macadamia nuts… so someone try that and let us know :)  Also, these babies are done in no time and only require a stove top! Whip up a batch and bring them to your Super Bowl party tomorrow with my Blackberry Sticky Wings and you’ll be the hit of the party! I’m confident in that statement.

The Freckled Foodie

Paleo CocoNut Caramels!

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Paleo CocoNut Caramels

Paleo CocoNut Caramels

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  • Yield: 20 tbsp or 40 1/2 tbsp sized
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Dessert, Treat, Candy, Caramel

Ingredients:

  • 1 c Nuts, I used half walnuts and half pecans – roughly chopped
  • 1 1/4 c shredded, unsweetened Coconut
  • 4 tbsp Ghee for true paleo, sub grassfed butter for primal
  • 1/4 c pure Maple syrup
  • 1/2 c Coconut or Maple sugar
  • 1/4 c Coconut butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Combine nuts and coconut in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside
  2. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set aside
  3. In a small saucepan combine the ghee/butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar, coconut butter, and salt over medium heat
  4. Heat to rolling boil, then stir constantly for 3 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and add nuts and coconut, stir to combine
  6. Once fully incorporated use a cookie scoop or measuring spoon to transfer to the parchment lined cookie sheet
  7. Place in the fridge to set and harden for at least 30 minutes
  8. Best kept in the fridge, lasts up to a week if you can make them last that long!
  9. Enjoy and share with friends!

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Comments: 26

  1. Jeremy February 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm Reply

    These look amazing! And I like that the prep time is pretty minimal. Can you substitute regular sea salt for the pink Himalayan Sea salt? Also, perhaps not as Paleo, but could you use regular butter if you don’t have grass-fed?

  2. Angela February 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm Reply

    I made these today. Wow! They are delicious! I followed your recipe exactly. Maybe next time I’ll melt some Enjoy Life chocolate chips and drizzle across the top:) Thanks for the recipe!

    • thefreckledfoodie February 3, 2014 at 7:36 am Reply

      Angela, I tried the chocolate drizzle (great minds think alike!) and it was awesome :) So glad you liked them!

  3. H February 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm Reply

    Can I substitute coconut butter with something else? I have Almond and Cashew butter.

    • thefreckledfoodie February 3, 2014 at 7:38 am Reply

      Hilda, I haven’t tried it, but I assume you could sub a really creamy nut butter but I am not sure a thicker one would work as well!

  4. n February 3, 2014 at 11:28 am Reply

    These look so good! Could I substitute coconut oil for the coconut butter?

    • thefreckledfoodie February 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm Reply

      They might be a bit runny, I would sub with a different nut butter or coconut cream (the thick part at the top of the can when you refrigerate full fat coconut) for a more similar texture!

  5. Barbara February 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm Reply

    These look terrific! I cannot wait to try, thank you for sharing! I did strict Paleo all of January and this past weekend I ate some grains and dairy. Oh my goodness, I felt terrible! I never realized how bad grains and dairy are for us. I am so grateful for foodies such as yourself to share wonderful recipes that make the paleo lifestyle easier!

    • thefreckledfoodie February 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm Reply

      Barbara, Thank you :) I’m glad you have realized what works for you and what doesn’t! It makes it so much easier to stick to when you know your body!

  6. Taylor February 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm Reply

    These really look great. I too can’t live without organic butter. I may try adding some dried fruit.

  7. Erin February 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Oh. My. Goodness. These were so good, so good. Thank you!

  8. Racine February 21, 2014 at 12:19 am Reply

    Just pulled these puppies from the fridge and had one, omg-gumballs!! Thank you for the share!!! I loved them… Like you said, we’ll see if they last

  9. Racine February 21, 2014 at 12:20 am Reply

    … I added raisins and it was really good

  10. Janna Vukelich February 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Love your blog! You were one of my inspirations to start working out again (it’s going great!) and I’m “exploring” paleo. Not 100% in, yet, but recipes like this (caramel? yes please) make it seem less scary for someone with an avowed sweet tooth and rabid love of pastries. Anyway…thank you!

    • thefreckledfoodie February 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm Reply

      Janna! I am so glad I could help inspire you :) I’ve definitely still got a sweet tooth, but since cutting back on processed carbs and dairy it has gotten WAY better. Hope all is well with you!

  11. Annie | Worthy Pause February 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm Reply

    I cannot WAIT to eat these up!

  12. alison March 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm Reply

    what is coconut or maple sugar? Is there something I can use to substitute? thanks – i’m going to make these as soon as i can :) can’t wait, i love caramels

    • thefreckledfoodie March 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm Reply

      Alison, you can get both coconut and maple sugar on Amazon.com and in health food stores/co-ops and sometimes even Trader Joe’s! You could substitute organic cane sugar if you have that although it is more processed/refined. Hope you love them once you try them!

  13. Trina March 19, 2014 at 11:04 am Reply

    Divine! The caramel flavor reminded me of the sticky goodness my aunt used to put over her popcorn balls. I might use less nuts or increase the caramel sauce because mine were a bit drier, not as gooey as yours look. I used grass-fed butter and had to use coconut cream instead of coconut butter. I think my boys will love these……if there are any left by the time they get home from school!!!

  14. Glenda September 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm Reply

    So glad I found your site.. I have a carmel craving so I really need to try these soon!

    • thefreckledfoodie September 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm Reply

      Glenda, so glad you found me! :) they are addicting, watch out

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