Add to your recipes 1 previous edit

One-Ingredient Vegan Caramel


  • 1 liter, or about 4 C, apple juice of any kind


  1. Bring the apple juice to a boil in a large pan and then simmer it until it turns a dark color and reduces in quantity. This will take anywhere from between 30-60 minutes depending on the size of your pan and how hot the pan heats. Just be sure to watch it when it’s been on for a while as it can very easily burn. If you stir it you’ll see how thick it is. The longer you leave it, the thicker the syrup will become.

  2. If you want to test this to see whether it’s ready, take a small spoonful out and place it in a bowl until it cools down. You can now check whether it’s syrupy enough for you.

  3. Be careful with it when you are pouring it as it’s very hot. Make sure there are no young children around.

  4. Pour this into a glass jar or a bowl, cover and store in the fridge. When you want to use it, you may find it has hardened so you can either leave it at room temperature for a while or you can place the glass jar inside a bowl of boiling water to melt it quickly.

  5. How to use caramel

Now you can use your new syrup in any number of gorgeous ways. For example you could:

  1. Add it to your smoothies

  2. Top ice cream with it

  3. Use it as a dip for fruit

  4. Use it as a jam or fruit spread

  5. Sweeten cakes, puddings or breads

Send us your comments, suggestions or bug reports!