These salted caramel brownies are better than any boxed mix and need just six ingredients, with an added caramel sauce! Gooey, fudgy, and loaded with caramel and chocolate, it may look fancy but it’s SO simple to make! Keto, Paleo, Gluten-Free with a vegan option.
In America, peanut butter is the flavor of choice but down in Australia, the trophy goes to Salted caramel.
Every popular dessert and treat has a salted caramel twist to it- When traditional candies, chocolate bars, and cakes come out with a limited-edition flavor, yes, it is salted caramel.
As someone who LOVES brownies (walnut brownies, coconut brownies, fudge brownies), it was a matter of time before we gave the brownies some salted caramel treatment!
Salted Caramel Brownie Recipe
These salted caramel brownies are BETTER than any boxed mix out there and could not be any easier- It’s 6 ingredients and then a caramel sauce of choice and voila- You have one impressive looking, decadent tasting dessert which is relatively healthier than traditional brownies!
Unlike a traditional brownie (boxed or from scratch), this salted caramel brownie recipe contain zero flour, grains, white sugar, or butter, but you’d never be able to tell!
They are super fudgy, gooey, flaky, and crinkly on the tops and taste even better once cooled!
Taste-wise, they are sweet, salty, and melt in your mouth. The salted caramel and chocolate combination is on another level and one which you DO want to be part of.
How to make caramel brownies
- Coconut oil. Ensures you get the gorgeous crackly tops on the brownies. You can substitute this for butter.
- Chocolate or chocolate chips. You can use either baking chocolate or chocolate chips. I prefer using chocolate, as I find it melts much better than chips. To keep it keto, use keto sugar free chocolate chips.
- Sugar of choice. Coconut palm sugar, white sugar, and monk fruit sweetener (a sugar free sweetener) are all great options. I prefer using coconut sugar, but when I make it keto, I use keto sugar (monk fruit).
- Eggs. Room temperature eggs are always the best. See below for ways to make these brownies without eggs.
- Cocoa powder. Unsweetened cocoa powder is a must. If your cocoa is a little thick and clumpy, sift them first. I don’t recommend cacao powder, as it is a little earthly tasting and doesn’t mix well into the batter.
- Arrowroot powder. Holds the brownies together, without the need for any flour or grains. You can also use cornstarch or tapioca flour.
- Vanilla extract. What is a brownie recipe without a dash of vanilla extract? You can omit this if you don’t have any.
- Caramel of choice. You can use store-bought, but I made my own.
- Make sure you melt the coconut oil and chocolate very well, before whisking together until glossy and shiny.
- Add the eggs in one at a time, and whisk after each one. This ensures the glossy and crackly tops.
- Sift your cocoa powder if it has clumps in it, as this can affect the texture. There is nothing worse than a brownie that has pockets of cocoa powder!
- I make my own salted caramel. Prepare this while the brownies are cooling.
- Pour the caramel mixture once the brownies are cooled completely, otherwise, it will melt and separate.
- If desired, add a layer of chocolate ganache over the top. I followed the same recipe as the one with these raw fudgy brownies.
How to make caramel sauce
Make your own salted keto and sugar free caramel sauce, with just 4 ingredients.
- Cashew butter. Smooth and drippy cashew butter. You can substitute this for peanut butter, almond butter, or tahini.
- Sugar free maple syrup. Not sugar free pancake syrup, but keto maple syrup. If you don’t follow a keto diet, you can use pure maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Coconut oil. To make the glossy and smooth caramel.
- Salt. Add as much or as little as you want.
To make the caramel sauce, combine your cashew butter, syrup, and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl or in a small saucepan. Heat until warm, and whisk together, until a thick caramel remains. Add your salt and voila- You are done!
Can I make these brownies without eggs?
Yes, these brownies can be made without eggs, perfect for a vegan diet.
However, you cannot use any egg substitute. Flax eggs and chia eggs don’t work, as the extra liquid changes the texture of the brownies.
To replace the eggs, you must use an egg replacer, like Bob’s Egg Replacer or Energ-G egg replacer.
Storing and Freezing Tips
- To store. Caramel brownies should be stored in the fridge, to maintain optimum freshness. They also have an even better texture once refrigerated. They will keep well for up to 2 weeks when stored in a sealable container.
- To freeze. Wrap brownie pieces in parchment paper and place them in a ziplock bag or freezer-friendly container. They will keep well frozen for up to 6 months.
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Watch how to make it
Salted Caramel Brownies
- 6 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 cup chocolate chips of choice or bakers' chocolate
- 3/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice
- 2 large eggs * See notes for vegan/eggless option
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoon arrowroot powder can substitute for corn starch or tapioca flour
- 1 cup caramel sauce ** Can use store-bought if preferred
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8 x 8 pan with greaseproof paper or tin foil, with some overlay for easy removal. Grease it lightly and set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, combine your chopped chocolate with coconut oil and melt together- The mixture should be silky smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add your sugar of choice, and mix well. Add your eggs, one at a time, and continue mixing. Add the rest of your ingredients and mix very well, until a smooth and silky batter remains.
- Transfer the brownie batter to the lined pan. Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes, or until the centre just comes out clean.
- Remove brownies from the oven and let cool in the pan completely. Once cool, drizzle caramel sauce all over the top and refrigerate until firm. Once firm, add some extra chocolate on top or enjoy as it is.
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I love a good salted caramel treat, but I agree that it got a little oversaturated…at least here in the States. But it’s been a while, so I think I can come back around. And I’ll start with these brownies! They look so wonderfully fudgy and chewy…basically the perfect brownie! And I’m kinda loving the idea of a maple caramel sauce on top…never used maple in caramel before, so I clearly need to get on that.
Dude, so many firsts need to happen! Salted caramel will make a comeback for a few days then boom. Gone.
I love salted caramel and it’s on top of my ice cream to try list for after Christmas (because sugar overload here right now)
I tried a salted caramel brownie at that market in London I told you about. It’s been a sugar coma experience that I happily balanced out with spicy Indian food later but I digress…
I loved the concept and I was wondering how they got the liquid caramel into that brownie. Your method looks easy enough to achieve that. They go on my to try list for after Christmas. And if I fail with the ice cream I just make classic vanilla instead and crumble those on top 😀
Oh gosh, it totally would balance off Indian food 😀
Sriracha has become huge lately. I don’t ever remember people making sriracha everything until maybe this year. I’m certainly not complaining!
Wait, KEL! Come on- Isn’t sriracha 2015/2016? Maybe double sriracha for 2017 😀
I’m actually drinking salted caramel coffee right now haha but I wish I had one of these to go with it :(. I predict that you will make more delicious salted caramel foods in the future!!
OH GEEBUZ SEND IT OVER! My coffee had finished and I’m craving some!
I want to dive into that photo of the little pot of caramel! (And then into the pot…)
😀 It’s SO addictive!
WOW…I’m not much of a caramel person but these sound truly amazing!
Thank you- I think you’d enjoy them 🙂
I used to hate salted caramel. I don’t know what was wrong with me. Can you still get Vegemite chocolate? I’m dying to try it when I get back to Oz if so.
Oh God, I think maybe the Reject shop might sell them? Or some ridiculous price on ebay!
Salted caramel is the BOMB DOT FREAKING COM. That’s coming from someone whose second home is a peanut butter jar. These brownies look amazing! And I think that if I were to travel to Vietnam, they would say banh mi made me do it. Even though banh mi isn’t actually a flavor, it is a concept of food that many restaurants and recipes are willing to undertake!
That is so true- Wishing I could make you a batch of these!
THE best brownie EVER!!!!! Love it so much…I could eat tons of it
Eva! As long as you saved me a batch…..
Come and get them? I will take them to my working collegues today
I used to make these all the time but have recently switched to a ketogenic diet. Could xanthan gum be subbed in for the arrowroot and how much would be appropriate?
I haven’t tried it with that so you’ll need to test it out yourself 🙂 Good luck!
Yes, I am also wondering how can I make this more Keto friendly?
I haven’t tried, you’d be best to experiment and see!