Easy macadamia caramel

This macadamia caramel wins for the quickest and tastiest recipe of the year, hands down. It was all so easy—the blending, the taste testing, the mouthwatering photos. I just couldn’t help myself from licking the spoon clean when it was all over.

I’m sorry to the rest of my favourite recipes, whom I loved so dearly before Caramel came along: cookie dough bites, raw brownies, raw ice cream sandwich cookies and sweet potato date muffins.

This recipe was actually created last summer, when I was working on my entry for Yum Universe‘s birthday-themed contest. The caramel was one small part of a raw and very decadent six-layer brownie blizzard ice cream cake and, although she was an integral part of the flavours, she was not the shining star—she was hidden among thick layers of brownie bites, chocolate ganache and cashew ice cream.

I promised her that one day I would write a post highlighting her natural goodness.

That day has finally come.

Easy Macadamia Caramel | A Dash of Compassion

You see, it all began with an idea to make my own caramel for the above-mentioned cake. I really love it when I can figure out how to make things the homemade way. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm quickly dwindled after perusing recipes online. I was not into the idea of boiling sugar and butter together in a pot and burning my finger if I accidentally touched it. So I improvised with a few of my favourite ingredients, and that’s when Caramel was born.

Not sure what to do with Caramel? How about drizzling her over a raw brownie, a slice of chocolate cake or even making a banana soft serve parfait, like I did? The options are endless.

Easy Macadamia Caramel | A Dash of Compassion

Keep in mind that she can disappear from your spoon as quickly and easily as she blends together. If you have more willpower than I do, you can store her in a mason jar in the fridge and just warm in a dehydrator before serving.

On another note, I recently did an interview with my lovely friend Sarah over at lamb411.com all about my love for baking and blogging. Check it out here and be sure to browse her blog for beautiful inspiration on food, design, travel and lifestyle.

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Easy macadamia caramel

Yield: about 1/2 cup


  • 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp raw cacao powder (optional, for colour)


Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Use immediately or store in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Warm in a dehydrator prior to serving.



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