Indulge in Decadence with Butterscotch Sauce Recipe

Are you a fan of the rich, buttery goodness of butterscotch sauce? But do you also steer clear of dairy and gluten, making it difficult to find a sauce that fits your dietary restrictions? Well, fear not my friends, because I have the solution for you – a homemade Butterscotch Sauce that is both Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free!

I’m a nutritionist cum food blogger, and I specialize in creating recipes that are not only delicious but also good for your body. This Butterscotch Sauce recipe is one of my all-time favorites! It’s made with simple and healthy ingredients, such as Coconut Milk, Arrowroot Powder, and Dark Brown Sugar. Plus, it’s super easy to make at home.

So put aside those store-bought sauces loaded with dairy and artificial ingredients. I’m going to show you how to make a homemade Butterscotch Sauce that is not only dairy and gluten-free but also vegan-friendly! Trust me; once you try this recipe, there will be no turning back. You’re going to be hooked on this sweet, velvety sauce.

Are you ready to learn how to make this delicious sauce? Keep reading to discover what ingredients you’ll need and the step-by-step instructions.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Rich Butterscotch Sauce - Dairy Free
Rich Butterscotch Sauce – Dairy Free

Alright, let me tell you why this recipe is going to blow your mind. Are you ready for it? This rich and decadent butterscotch sauce is completely dairy-free, gluten-free and organic! That’s right, folks – you can indulge in this delicious sauce without any guilt or dietary restrictions holding you back.

Let’s start with the flavor: this sauce has a deep, caramelized taste that comes from using dark brown sugar as the base. But don’t be fooled by its sweetness – the arrowroot powder helps thicken the sauce to create a silky-smooth texture that will linger in your mouth long after every bite.

Now, let’s talk about the ingredients. Instead of using heavy cream or evaporated milk, we’re using coconut milk to make this sauce dairy-free. Not only does it add a creamy texture, but it also adds a subtle hint of coconut flavor that perfectly complements the caramel notes of the dark brown sugar.

And if you’re worried about substitutions or variations, don’t be! We’ve got you covered. You can swap out the coconut milk for any other non-dairy milk of your choice, or even use vegan butter instead of regular unsalted butter if you want to go all out with your dairy-free credentials.

So here’s what I’m saying: if you’re looking for a sweet treat that won’t wreck your diet or upset your stomach, give this recipe a try. It’s versatile, easy-to-make and tastes like heaven on earth. Trust me when I say that once you try this homemade butterscotch sauce recipe, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought again!

Ingredient List

 Pouring this dairy-free butterscotch sauce over ice cream is like winning the lottery.
Pouring this dairy-free butterscotch sauce over ice cream is like winning the lottery.

Here’s a list of ingredients for this delicious dairy-free butterscotch sauce recipe:

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (or vegan butter)
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

This recipe is simple and easy to make, and the ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store. You won’t need any tricky or special ingredients to make this rich butterscotch sauce.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge without the guilt, thanks to this rich and creamy dairy-free butterscotch sauce.
Indulge without the guilt, thanks to this rich and creamy dairy-free butterscotch sauce.

Now that we are all excited to make some delicious dairy-free butterscotch sauce, let’s get to the how-to part. Don’t worry, it’s super easy and you only need a few steps.


Before we start, let’s double-check if we have all the ingredients ready. You’ll need:
– 1 cup of dark brown sugar
– 1/2 cup of water
– 1/2 cup of full-fat coconut milk
– 1/2 cup of vegan butter
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1/4 teaspoon of salt
– 1 tablespoon of arrowroot (for thickening)

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the vegan butter.
  2. Add in the dark brown sugar, water, and coconut milk. Whisk together until all combined.
  3. Let the mixture come to a boil and continue whisking for another 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and add in the vanilla extract, salt, and arrowroot. Whisk again to combine everything.
  5. Let it simmer for another minute or two while stirring continuously until it gets thick and glossy.
  6. Remove from heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
  7. Store your homemade dairy-free butterscotch sauce in a glass jar with an airtight lid for up to two weeks in the fridge.

Tips for perfect results

  • Use full-fat coconut milk for a creamier consistency.
  • Using arrowroot adds thickness to the sauce without altering its taste.
  • Be sure to stir continuously to avoid burning or sticking at the bottom.

Now that you have your very own homemade dairy-free butterscotch sauce, try swirling it into your morning oatmeal or adding it as a topping for your dairy-free ice cream. Don’t forget to share your creation with me in the comments below!

Substitutions and Variations

 This sauce may be dairy-free, but it's still packed with all your favorite butterscotch flavors.
This sauce may be dairy-free, but it’s still packed with all your favorite butterscotch flavors.

What I love about cooking is that with a little bit of creativity and experimentation, you can make each recipe your own. While this recipe is already dairy-free, gluten-free, and organic, there are a few additional substitutions and variations that you can try to tailor it to your preferences.

Firstly, if you don’t have arrowroot on hand, you can substitute it with cornstarch or tapioca starch. These are both excellent thickeners and will work well in this butterscotch sauce recipe.

If you’re looking to add a little bit of a boozy kick to the sauce, try adding a splash (or two) of bourbon or rum. This addition can give your sauce a unique depth of flavor that pairs perfectly with vanilla ice cream or even some pancakes.

While this recipe calls for dark brown sugar, you can substitute it with light brown sugar or granulated sugar cooked to a dark amber color. Keep in mind that using lighter sugars will result in a milder butterscotch flavor.

For those who are vegan or lactose intolerant, feel free to replace the unsalted butter and heavy cream with vegan butter and coconut cream, respectively. You can also use almond milk or oat milk instead of the coconut milk if desired.

If you’re looking for something other than butterscotch sauce, try making caramel sauce by simply cooking down some granulated sugar until it turns amber in color and then adding coconut milk instead of heavy cream for another dairy-free option. You could also add some cocoa powder to turn this into an easy vegan chocolate sauce for your desserts!

So don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe! The options are endless, and it’s up to you to make it yours.

Serving and Pairing

 Dip, drizzle, or drench your favorite desserts with this mouth-watering dairy-free butterscotch sauce.
Dip, drizzle, or drench your favorite desserts with this mouth-watering dairy-free butterscotch sauce.

: Now that you’ve made this decadent butterscotch sauce it’s time to enjoy it! This delicious sauce can be served in so many ways. Drizzle it warm over ice cream, pie or cake. Use it as a topping for pancakes or waffles for a sweet breakfast treat. You could also use it as a delicious dip for apple slices, pretzels or other fruit.

Why not try pairing this dairy-free butterscotch sauce with a rich and bold red wine. The sweetness of the sauce pairs well with the tannins in the wine, creating a perfect balance of flavor. If you want something non-alcoholic, then a cup of hot cocoa or coffee works wonderfully with this sauce too!

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try making an ice cream sundae bar? Serve up bowls of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream along with bowls of nuts, caramel popcorn and berries for toppings. Offer your guests this homemade butterscotch sauce on top to complete their sundae masterpiece.

However, I must let you know that this butterscotch sauce is sweet and rich so be sure to use it sparingly. Too much may leave you feeling over-indulged!

Enjoy the versatile nature of this sauce and see how many ways you can find to serve it at your next dinner party or family gathering!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You won't even miss the dairy in this luscious butterscotch sauce. Trust me.
You won’t even miss the dairy in this luscious butterscotch sauce. Trust me.

Making the rich butterscotch sauce ahead of time can help you save time in the kitchen. You can prepare this recipe ahead and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Reheat the sauce before serving either in the microwave or over low heat on the stove.

If you’re planning to serve this sauce at a party, I suggest making it a day or two ahead so that it has plenty of time to cool and set properly. When reheating, add a splash of coconut milk or water to thin it out if needed.

Storing butterscotch sauce is easy when you’ve made some extra batches. I usually make a double batch and store it in small mason jars for easy access when I need it. It’s handy to have on hand when you’re craving a sweet treat or when unexpected guests pop in.

To reheat leftovers, simply heat up gradually using medium heat until it becomes warm enough from inside. Don’t forget stirring frequently as overheating can burn the sauce.

When stored properly, this butterscotch sauce will last for up to three months in the freezer; however, be sure to thaw completely before reheating. Simply place it in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat as usual.

Whip up this easy vegan butterscotch sauce recipe and store it away for those times when you need a quick burst of sweetness without any fuss!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Spice up your ice cream sundae game with this delicious dairy-free butters
Spice up your ice cream sundae game with this delicious dairy-free butters

When it comes to creating the perfect butterscotch sauce, a few key tips can make all the difference. After all, this is not your average sauce, and it deserves the utmost attention to detail. Here are some tips that will help you achieve perfect results:

Firstly, use high-quality ingredients. The quality of your sugar, coconut milk, and vegan butter can affect the taste of your butterscotch sauce. Opt for dark brown sugar for a deeper flavor profile and use full-fat coconut milk to create a creamier texture. Also, make sure that your ingredients are fresh and not near their expiration dates.

Secondly, control the heat while cooking. Make sure to stir constantly while you cook to avoid burning the sauce. Simmering over medium heat is ideal, as it allows time for flavors to meld without burning or reducing too quickly.

Thirdly, don’t rush the process. Making butterscotch sauce can be a time-consuming process, but it’s worth it in the end. Give yourself plenty of time to cook and reduce the sauce as slowly as possible for maximum flavor.

Fourthly, measurements matter. The ingredient quantities in this recipe should be taken seriously if you want consistent results every time you make it.

Lastly, experiment with different variations and substitutions as per your dietary requirements or preferences. There are several ingredients that can be easily substituted in this recipe such as arrowroot starch or cornstarch instead of regular flour to thicken the sauce. You can also try adding a pinch of salt or some spices like cinnamon for an interesting twist.

By following these tips, you’ll soon find yourself making rich and delicious dairy-free butterscotch sauce like a pro!


Now that you have all the information to prepare your dairy-free butterscotch sauce, let’s take some time to address some of the common questions and doubts related to this recipe. These frequently asked questions (FAQ) will help you understand the finer details of the recipe and enable you to tackle any issues that arise during the cooking process. So, let’s dive straight into answering these FAQs.

What can I use instead of heavy cream in butterscotch?

Looking for a dairy-free alternative to heavy cream in your recipes? Try using evaporated milk or a mix of milk and butter. Keep in mind, though, that evaporated milk adds a deliciously toasty and caramel flavor to your dishes.

Does butterscotch have dairy?

When it comes to finding dairy-free butterscotch chips, it can be a bit of a challenge since many brands include milk as an ingredient. However, there are options out there for those who are looking for dairy-free alternatives.

What’s the difference between butterscotch sauce and caramel?

When it comes to making sweet sauces, there exists a variance between caramel and butterscotch. The dissimilarity can be traced back to the ingredients used and the boiling points of the two recipes. Essentially, caramel is made using white granulated sugar and boiled to 340 degrees Fahrenheit, while butterscotch is concocted using brown sugar and boiled to 289 degrees Fahrenheit.

What is butterscotch sauce made of?

Creating the perfect sweet and creamy butterscotch sauce can be done with only a few essential ingredients. The main components include brown sugar, butter, and heavy cream, enhanced with a touch of vanilla and salt for added taste.

What can I substitute for butterscotch morsels?

If you’re looking for a delicious alternative to butterscotch chips, caramel chips are an excellent choice. They work well in many recipes, including seven-layer bars, drop cookies, and blondies.

Bottom Line

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe for dairy-free butterscotch sauce. With its rich and creamy taste, you won’t even notice it’s missing the heavy cream and dairy typically used in traditional recipes.

Remember, using organic, gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients not only makes your food healthier but is ecologically responsible too, especially when it comes to animal welfare. You can substitute some of the ingredients for vegan options, like coconut milk or vegan butter, so you can cater for every lifestyle choice without compromising on taste.

Making homemade butterscotch sauce has never been easier thanks to this recipe. Now you can indulge in a guilt-free treat without sacrificing flavor! Don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family, spread the love and show them how easy preparing healthy and delicious food can be! Enjoy!

Rich Butterscotch Sauce - Dairy Free

Rich Butterscotch Sauce - Dairy Free Recipe

This version is made with coconut milk. Serve with soy ice cream, bananas, meringues or sponge cake, or even try it with fritters (see my recipes for a lactose free fritter recipe).
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert sauce
Cuisine Dairy-free
Calories 248.2 kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot


  • Place water and sugar in small saucepan over low heat.
  • Stir until dissolved, then bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and leave for several minutes, add coconut milk and stir well.
  • Mix arrowroot with a tbs of water until smooth and then pour arrowroot mixture into saucepan and stir over gentle heat to thicken slightly.
  • Serve hot or cold. Makes just over 1 cup.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 96gCalories: 248.2kcalCarbohydrates: 44.8gProtein: 0.6gFat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 7.6gSodium: 24.1mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 43.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dairy Free, Dessert, Easy, Egg-free, Free Of..., Healthy, Lactose-free, Low Protein, Sauces
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