Looking for a quick and easy, low-glycemic salted caramel sauce? You have arrived!
The oddly-unique and deliciously-addictive combination of sea salt and caramel has been gracing cupcakes, candies and other confections for the past several years. And for good reason.
Salted Caramel Sauce: Why Salt + Sweet = A Match Made in Heaven
As one of the five primary basic tastes (salt, bitter, sweet, sour and umami), adding salt to foods naturally enhances the overall flavor experience. It is also believed that salt helps certain molecules in foods more readily disperse into the air, boosting the aroma of food. And because smell is essential to our perception of taste, boosting aroma enhances flavors.
But according to new research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, that’s not where the salty-sweet story ends…
Sugar receptors previously believed to exist only in the gut have recently been identified on sweet taste cells on the tongues of mice. Dr Karen Yee, a cellular physiologist at Monell, and lead author of the research says:
Sweet taste cells have turned out to be quite complex….taste cells may play a role in regulating our sensitivity to sweet taste under different nutritional conditions
This helps to explain the mystery of why a pinch of salt on a sour grapefruit increases sweetness… and why salt added to baked goods can boost the sweet taste.
A Better-for-You Salted Caramel Sauce
While the combination of salt and caramel may taste heavenly, most caramel confections are extremely harmful to your body.
As sugar and proteins or fats combine under heat, compounds called advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) can form. As their name implies, AGEs speed up aging. But that’s not all. These compounds have been directly linked to inflammation and insulin resistance– the cornerstones of chronic disease. AGEs have also been found to contribute to diabetes, vascular and kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Reducing sugar in your diet is the best way to reduce your exposure to AGEs. And that’s what we’ve done with all of our products here at Wellness Bakeries and in our low-glycemic salted caramel sauce recipe.
By using a blend of three-quarters Erythritol and one-quarter Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, we slash the overall sugar content by 75% to create a caramel sauce with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving – while still keeping that “rounded” sticky-sweet brown sugar flavor everyone loves.
Salted Carmel Sauce: The Simple Step By Step
Best of all, you can make this delicious treat in about 5 minutes…
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter or shortening over low heat.
- Add the Erythritol and Coconut Palm Sugar and whisk to combine.
- Add coconut milk and xanthan gum.
- Continue whisking over heat for 2 minutes, letting caramel bubble and darken.
- Remove from heat and stir in sea salt or flaky salt (reserving some for sprinkling over the top, if desired).
45 calories, 4.4 g fat, 2.8 g saturated fat, 1.1 g monounsaturated fat, 0.16 g polyunsaturated fat, 11.3 mg cholesterol, 6.1 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 0.04 g protein
Drizzle this sweet-and-salty golden goodness over our Sinless Cinnamon Rolls, spread onto a batch of Better Brownies… or dollop onto a freezer-fresh batch of Vanilla Ice Cream for crave-worth caramel flavor… without all the sugar!