As you can probably tell, I like baking and I love my sweets. One treat that I always make at Christmas time is home made turtles. Even though I can’t eat them, I will post the recipe. It is gluten free but has dairy. My daughter and I will still be making them soon.
I tried to make a different version a couple of years ago, which were okay, but not great. Last year I tried coconut milk for the base of my caramel. It worked out quite well.
As are my turtles, there is a good deal that goes into making these so they’ll probably only be made a couple times a year. They are delicious!

Chocolate Caramel Cups

Chocolate Caramel Cups (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vega/ Grain Free/ Paleo)

For the Chocolate:

2 c. chopped dark vegan chocolate (you may need more)

1 c. chopped nuts (any kind)

1- 400 ml. can coconut milk

1 1/2 c. palm sugar

1 tsp. vanilla (I use mine)

Melt 2 c. chopped up dark chocolate(I used 85% cocoa) in a double boiler.

Using a pastry brush, paint the melted chocolate unto mini paper muffin wrappers. I did 36.
Let cool and harden.

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For the Caramel:

Candy thermometer
1-400 ml can coconut milk
1 1/2 c. palm sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Put milk and palm sugar into a pot. Whisk over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil. Keep whisking until temperature reaches 234 degrees or soft ball stage. It will take between 45-60 minutes. Then take off heat and add vanilla. Let mixture cool on the counter.

Put chopped nuts(I used walnuts) into chocolate cups. Then when caramel is cooled, use two small spoons to put caramel into cups.

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Then top with remaining melted dark chocolate(you may need extra) and top your caramel cups. I store them in the refrigerator or the freezer.

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19 comments on “Chocolate Caramel Cups (Gluten free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Grain Free/ Paleo)”

  1. Thank you for linking up another yummy recipe with us on MMM link up party! I just shared this on the Adventures in Mindful Livings FB page and I sent it to one of my friends too!

  2. I am curious what fat content your coconut milk has? I would like to try the recipe, but didn’t want to use the wrong kind. Thanks!

  3. What a special treat. I can’t wait to share these delicious cups with my family. Thank you for linking this to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I look forward to seeing you next week.

  4. Anna, I bet Erythritol will work. However, I have not tried it so you might want to try a small batch first. I do not think Stevia will work. Stevia gets very bad tasting in larger amounts and does not work well in a recipe like this one.

  5. OH YUM, you never fail me. These look so awesome! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from

  6. Oh. My. Goodness. Caramel is my favourite thing in the entire world. Thanks for linking this recipe up to 5-Ingredient Mondays. I’m featuring it this week! Hope to see you back soon 🙂

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