How to Make Sugar-Free Caramel Syrup
To some, the idea of sugar-free caramel is a paradox. To them it's like having oxygen-free water. However, it is perfectly possible to get the same delicious sweet caramel taste without using sugar, the normal (and sole) ingredient of caramel. It can be used in the same way regular caramel is used and the result is a sweet and tasty syrup which is better for you than the high-sugar alternative.
One of the benefits of using sugar-free caramel syrup is that it can be used for people who want a low-sugar, no-sugar or keto diet. To substitute sugar in the recipe, we will use agave syrup. This is a popular sugar substitute which is used in cuisines across the world, especially popular in the Caribbean. It is a plant which has fleshy leaves similar to the aloe plant, with the extracted mucilage coming out in a syrup form. It is also known as agave nectar. Since it contains a low glycemic index, it is a very common substitute for sugar.
The recipe that we bring you is more than quick, it is almost instantaneous. This is because we use a technique which involves using a microwave. It will also surprise you just how similar it is to sugar caramel. Keep reading with oneHOWTO to see how to make sugar-free caramel syrup in the microwave.
In a microwave-safe container, add the three ingredients: the agave, water, and baking soda. Stir very well with a spoon until the mixture of homemade liquid sugar-free caramel syrup is completely homogenous.
Put the container with the mixture in the microwave at high (800w) for two minutes.
Take out the heated mixture, stir well again and put it back in the microwave for a few more seconds.
After these few seconds, take out the sugar-free caramel syrup mixture and see if the surface of the caramel is bubbling. If not, leave it a few more seconds, but if it is indeed bubbling, it's time to take it out.
If you do not have a microwave, you can simply heat the agave syrup mixture in a pan with the water and baking soda. Use a low heat and simmer gently until completely combined.
The caramel is almost ready, you just have to let it cool a little. You can use this sugar-free caramel syrup to accompany any sugar-free dessert such as a Baileys crème caramel, some pancakes, or a sponge cake without sugar. If you want to know other natural alternatives to sweeten up your dishes, take a look at our article on how to replace white refined sugar.
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- We recommend that the container you use is high, to prevent the caramel from spilling out and splashing out, since the temperature that the caramel will reach is too high.
- Also, we must avoid being made of plastic, since this material can spoil the flavor of the caramel when it gets too hot.