pumpkin coconut caramel sauce

by Kristina Sloggett

in Books,cookbook review,Dessert,Gluten Free,recipes,Vegan,Vegan MoFo

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce

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This caramel pairs well with just about anything.

As this slow simmered in my kitchen all day, the warm caramely scent was gloriously intoxicating. As soon as this caramel was done, I immediately made myself a cup of coffee to swirl it in.

Splendid.

pumpkin caramel recipe

This has since topped pancakes, oatmeal, ice cream, and numerous coffees. My spoon is hitting the bottom of the second jar – it is time to make more.

My friend Kathy Hester has just released another fantastic book, Vegan Slow Cooking For Two or Just For You.

Once again, I have a copy to give away today!

Vegan Slow Cooking

This book has stunning photography, and the layout is user friendly – each recipe on one page. More than 100 recipes for a 1.5 quart / 1.5 litre slow cooker means just enough for two, or a portion of leftovers instead of a freezer full.

A wonderful variety - pastas and stews, polenta and French toast. Butternut Squash Pecan French Toast, to be exact. And it is good. So is the fondue, pizza dip, the various curries.

and this caramel – you must try this caramel. Take just a few minutes to combine a few ingredients, come back several hours later to a kitchen filled with rich sweetness.

Don’t forget the ice cream.

pumpkin coconut caramel

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce

YIELD: about 3 cups (700 ml)

dairy, egg, soy, oil and gluten free, vegan

INGREDIENTS:

1 can (13.5 ounces, or 400 ml) full-fat coconut milk
1 cup (225 g) packed brown sugar
1 cup (245 g) pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch cloves

INSTRUCTIONS:

All all the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Store in the fridge and use a few teaspoons (15 to 20 ml) in your hot or iced coffee.

per 2 tablespoon (28 ml) serving: 42.9 calories; 0.5 g total  fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 0.2 g protein; 13.1 g carbohydrate; 0.4 g dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol

prep time: 15 minutes

cooking time: 7 to 9 hours

vegan coconut caramel

GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive a copy of Vegan Slow Cooking For Two – or Just For You.

ONE winner, many ways to enter – leave a comment for each:

#1) what is your favorite slow cooker meal?

#2) what would you pair with this caramel?

#3) tweet about this giveaway, including a link back to this post (tweet this):  enter to win Kathy Hester’s Vegan Slow Cooking For Two cookbook from @spabettie –> http://www.spabettie.com/?p=11950

#4) Pin this post

#5) follow spabettie on twitter

#6) like spabettie on facebook

#7) follow spabettie on bloglovin’

Enter through midnight Tuesday September 24. Winner selected via random number generator and notified via email by Wednesday September 25. Winners have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

 

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1 Cat September 19, 2013 at 4:12 am

My favourite slow cooker meal is Jamaican stew. My first thought about that caramel sauce is how it would put a pumpkin latte right over the top! Yum!

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2 sara September 19, 2013 at 5:45 am

My favorite slow-cooker meal is chili.

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3 sara September 19, 2013 at 5:46 am

I would slather this on a biscuit for breakfast.

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4 sara September 19, 2013 at 5:48 am

I tweeted about the giveaway.

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5 sara September 19, 2013 at 5:50 am

I pinned this post.

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6 sara September 19, 2013 at 5:50 am

I follow spabettie on twitter.

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7 sara September 19, 2013 at 5:52 am

I like spabettie on facebook.

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8 sara September 19, 2013 at 5:53 am

I follow spabettie on bloglovin’.

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9 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

Ok, really? I mean….you ARE sending me some of that right??? Talk about a fantastic holiday gift idea too. I have a slow cooker and I’m terrible with the timing of it. Usually I stick to soups or chili. I really need to make better use of it though.

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10 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

I tweeted

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11 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 19, 2013 at 6:12 am

I pinned

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12 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

I follow on twitter (now @wtbfitness)

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13 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

And I follow on Facebook

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14 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

I want this all over some cinnamon-apple ice cream. Or salted chocolate. Can’t decide. Actually, both. With marshmallow cream.

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15 Emily September 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

I love slow cooked lentil stew with sweet potatoes!

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16 Emily September 19, 2013 at 7:45 am

I’d mix this sauce with oats and pecans and use it to top baked apples–a quick and easy apple crisp!

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17 Laurel September 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

I already follow you on FB so I as my as well enter huh?

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18 Laurel September 19, 2013 at 8:19 am

I actually came to your site today just so I could PIN this onto a board; so that worked well. :-)
I also had immediate visions of encasing this in chocolate for bon-bons.
I may even check out “bloglovin” just for you but I absolutely draw the line at Twitter, too much input, too little RAM.

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19 Laurel September 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

I just followed you on Bloglovin’ – my email account has officially turned into an overfed monster, the internet is out to get me and my covers don’t cover my head. Don’t worry though, it’s only the aluminum antennae.

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20 sue September 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

I love to make vegan chili in my slow cooker!

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21 sue September 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

This is going in my coffee tomorrow.

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22 Meridith September 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

I’ve never used a slow cooker, so I don’t have a favorite meal yet. But I’ve been looking forward to fall as an excuse to get into slow cooker recipes and have been eyeing this cookbook on Amazon. The breakfasts in the book look AWESOME!

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23 sue September 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

I liked you on facebook!

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24 Muy Vegan September 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

My favorite slow cooker meal is a red lentil curry!

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25 Meridith September 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

I’d love to try this caramel with a vegan cheesecake or vanilla ice cream!

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26 Muy Vegan September 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

I would pair this caramel with slices of pears or over a chocolate or mocha vegan ice cream.

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27 Meridith September 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

I tweeted

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28 Meridith September 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

I pinned this post.

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29 Meridith September 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

Following on twitter

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30 Meridith September 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

Liked on Facebook.

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31 Nancy Eaton September 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

I’m following on Facebook

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32 Terri Cole September 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

Not very original, but my favorite slow cooker meal is chili.

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33 Nancy September 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

I would use this sauce in a smoothie.

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34 Terri Cole September 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

I think most of this caramel would end up in my coffee!

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35 Terri Cole September 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

I pinned this!

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36 Nancy September 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

My favorite slow cooker meal is seitan.

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37 Terri Cole September 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

I follow you on Facebook.

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38 Asp27 September 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

My favorite slow cooker meal is chili. Super easy and tasty

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39 marlies September 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

my favorite slow cooker meal is slow cooked steel cut oats…yum!!

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40 marlies September 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

i would also probably put this caramel sauce on steel cut oats (miiight be a little obsessed)

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41 Eileen September 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

Now this is SUPER interesting. It definitely sounds like the easiest way to make your coffee into instant pumpkin latte, no coffeeshop required! I also think it would be great hot over a dark chocolate sorbet…or maybe cranberry? Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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42 marlies September 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

i am following on twitter!

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43 marlies September 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

i also follow on facebook!

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44 marlies September 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

i pinned the post!

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45 marlies September 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

i tweeted about the giveaway! :)

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46 Lisa September 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

I’d like to say that I’d pair the caramel with homemade scones (or something like that). Most likely, it would be paired with a spoon or my finger.

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47 Jennifer M September 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

My favorite thing in the crock pot is stew. Any kind. As long as it has that thick broth, not thin like soup, to dip my crusty bread in. MMMMMmmm

I’m pumpkin crazy this time of year so I can’t wait to make this. I’d put it over ice cream first. Because I’m ice cream crazy all year.

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48 Cynthia September 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

What would I pair this with? A spoon. I would eat it right out of the jar!

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49 Cynthia September 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

now following on twitter

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50 Cynthia September 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

now pinned

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51 Cynthia September 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

Not sure what my favorite slow cooker meal is — I need more slow cooker recipes to do more of this — but what I make most often in the slow cooker is steel cut oats… which would be yummy with this sauce.

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52 charj September 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Chili is my favorite slow cooker meal

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53 Julie September 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal is vegetarian chili!

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54 Bridget Brewer September 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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55 Julie September 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I would pair the sauce w/apple slices or mixed into my morning oatmeal!

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56 Julie September 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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57 Laryssa September 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I don’t have a favorite slow cooker meal because I don’t know what to make with one! I have a rice cooker that can double as a slow cooker, and clearly it’s not being used to its fullest potential.

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58 Kelly C September 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I love slow cooker cabbage rolls!

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59 Kelly C September 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I would make some scones and spread it on for a sinful treat!

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60 Kelly C September 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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61 Kelly C September 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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62 Amy September 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

My favorite item to make in a slow cooker (not exactly a meal, but maybe could be for breakfast?): bread pudding!

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63 Amy September 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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64 Amy September 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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65 Amy September 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I think this caramel looks thick enough to slather on a piece of cinnamon raisin toast and would probably fantastic on it!

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66 Amy September 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

And, I pinned the post!

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67 Laryssa September 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I would love to mix this with oatmeal!

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68 Laryssa September 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm

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69 luminousvegans September 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Holy moly, this looks so good! Such a perfect fall treat and I totes agree that this could go with just about anything! Or just by itself. I totally would have it with some vegan vanilla ice cream.

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70 Chris September 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I just followed you on bloglovin’.

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71 Julie September 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm

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72 Erin L September 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I’d pair this with my spoon… Seriously, I’d probably eat it like pudding. Or on Greek yogurt. Or oatmeal!! :)
Our fav slow cooker meals are soups if any kind. Yum!!

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73 Paula September 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

My favorite slow cooker meal is veggie chili.

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74 Paula September 20, 2013 at 12:58 am

I would pair this pumpkin coconut caramel with pancakes, oatmeal, or toast.

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75 Paula September 20, 2013 at 1:00 am
76 Paula September 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

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77 Simona September 20, 2013 at 1:18 am

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78 Robin September 20, 2013 at 1:27 am

Trying this in coffee would be awesome!

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79 Maura September 20, 2013 at 3:48 am

Favorite slow cooker meal is risotto.

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80 Anna Cordova September 20, 2013 at 4:57 am

I love to make Moroocan lentils in my slow cooker. Hearty, vegan and just enough heat! Plus one recipe makes like 10 servings!

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81 Anna Cordova September 20, 2013 at 4:58 am

I would make fresh apple crisp and slather this caramel sauce on it! Yum I am already drooling.

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82 Jared September 20, 2013 at 5:40 am

I love slow cooker chili!

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83 Jared September 20, 2013 at 5:41 am

This sounds great as a dip with warm, buttery biscuits.

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84 Jared September 20, 2013 at 5:41 am

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85 Beth September 20, 2013 at 6:27 am

My favorite slow cooker meal is bean soup.

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86 Lisa Torres September 20, 2013 at 6:32 am

Yum would put this on apple slices!!! And paleo scones

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87 Beth September 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

I would slather the pumpkin caramel sauce on toasted Ezekiel bread or a graham cracker.

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88 Lisa Torres September 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

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89 Beth September 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

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90 Beth September 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

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91 Lisa Torres September 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

I pinned!! And I already like you on Facebook!

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92 Beth September 20, 2013 at 6:36 am

I pinned this post.

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93 Lisa Torres September 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

My favorite slow cooking recipe is making bone broth sorry that’s not vegan

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94 Valerie September 20, 2013 at 8:21 am

Veggie “beef” stew is my fave CP recipe! I follow you on bloglovin’.

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95 Valerie September 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

Oops, I forgot, this is going in my coffee!

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96 Anu September 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

my favorite slowcooker meal is rajma, which is an indian dish made with red kidney beans.

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97 Teena September 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

I don’t have a favorite slow cooker recipe so I think I’d love to try recipes in this cookbook.
That caramel sauce…mmmmm…. I’m making it tonight and I’m going to try it on ice cream. Maybe I’ll try making my own vegan vanilla icre cream to put in on too! :)

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98 Kim Ritchie September 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal is mini meatballs in a bourbon peach sauce. My first thought for what to do with this delicious looking pumpkin coconut caramel is to slather it over a piece of salted dark chocolate. :)

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99 oh Holland September 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Wow, it’s like you invent whole new forms of food, Bettie! I’d pair this caramel yumminess with a spoon and a smile.

I have a slow cooker I was only using to cook rice in for my dogs, but gave that up b/c I worry about arsenic in the rice. So I had the cooker set aside to donate. After reading this post and many comments, I’m keeping it!

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100 Heidi September 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Favorite slow cooker recipe is Punjabi style cabbage from Vegan indian cooking. Actual I just made it last night.

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101 Heidi September 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I think this would be great in coffee!

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102 Michaela September 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I make a Moroccan tempeh stew in my slow cooker. The tempeh gets a long time to marinade and absorb all the flavors.

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103 Michaela September 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I would put this caramel on apple slices or to top my whole grain waffles.

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104 Debi September 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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105 kebbie September 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Fav slowcooker meal is chili! Follow on fb!

And my fav pairing – carmel & spoon ;)

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106 Anna Cordova September 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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107 Kim September 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Lentil soup is my favorite slow cooker meal but I’m determined to branch out this fall/winter and try some new recipes.

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108 Kim September 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I would put the caramel sauce on pancakes, or on some vegan vanilla ice cream. Or just eat it on a spoon. :)

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109 Kim September 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm

And heck yes I pinned this post. This is a must-try recipe.

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110 Elizabeth M September 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

My favorite thing to make in the crock pot is Kathy’s Chik’n Seitan. So versatile and easy to freeze. I use it in lots of other recipes.

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111 Elizabeth M September 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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112 Elizabeth M September 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm

This recipe looks so good! I think it would be fantastic on whole wheat sourdough english muffins for breakfast! Yum!

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113 Anna Cordova September 21, 2013 at 2:35 am

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114 Anna Cordova September 21, 2013 at 2:36 am

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115 Anna Cordova September 21, 2013 at 2:36 am

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116 Anna Cordova September 21, 2013 at 3:04 am

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117 Anna Cordova September 21, 2013 at 3:13 am

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118 Jennifer K September 21, 2013 at 8:32 am

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119 Jennifer K September 21, 2013 at 8:33 am
120 Jennifer K September 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

My favorite slow cooker recipe is black eyed peas with smoked tofu and chard

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121 Jennifer K September 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

I would use the caramel on poached fruit or as an alternative to jam in the morning

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122 Jennifer K September 21, 2013 at 8:38 am

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123 Miki September 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

This looks so good! I would dip cornmeal biscotti and then swirl it in my coffee. that would make every morning special and give me the needed 3 minutes to myself after getting the kids to the bus stop.

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124 Jennifer K September 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

I pinned it as well

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125 Michele September 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

My favorite slow cooked meal is chalupa.
The first thing I thought about pairing this with was pancakes! there’s a place in Nashville Tennessee called the Pancake Pantry, I had their pumpkin pancakes and they were a-mazing!!! unfortunately not gluten free. I’m hoping this is a great replacement.

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126 Cathy B*****y September 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

my fave slow cooker meal is a coconut milk, almond butter, date, chicken meal i do! it is so yum!
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127 Cathy B*****y September 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

crepes! either dessert or savory glutenfree crepes would be perfect with this!
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128 Michele September 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

Pinned it!

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129 Rhonda September 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

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130 Michele September 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

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131 Michele September 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

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132 Brenda September 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is so easy — just roast chicken spiced
however you like. I can then use it for dinner one night, make some
thing else with the left overs for the next night. When meat is gone,
bone/chicken broth for soup, etc. This books sound wonderful as
I try to use less and less meat.

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133 Rebecca September 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal is Jamaican Red Bean Stew! I would dip apples in this delectable sauce or spread it on toast!

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134 Molly September 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I would put this sauce on gluten free gram crackers.

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135 jacqui September 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal is chili!

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136 jacqui September 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I would definitely would use this for coffee! Oh wow!

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137 jacqui September 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

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138 jacqui September 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

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139 Nadia September 22, 2013 at 5:44 am

My favorite slow cooker recipe at the moment is beer-honey shredded chicken. Yummmm

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140 Nadia September 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

I would absolutely stir this caramel concoction into iced coffee! I live in Miami, FL but Fall is my favorite season. This would give me a taste even though our seasons don’t really change much!

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141 Rella September 22, 2013 at 7:28 am

I would swirl this into cheesecake–yum!

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142 Rella September 22, 2013 at 7:28 am

I pinned!

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143 jessica n September 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

Was this supposed to thicken in the slow cooker? I just made a batch and it’s very thin. Do you stir at all during the 6-8 hr cooking time?

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144 Casandra September 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

Favorite crockpot meal is a beef roast, with gf onion soup mix, veggies and a Angry Orchards Beer. So yummy and easy.

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145 Casandra September 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

I would use this on top of some gf cinnamon toast! my go to breakfast. Do you think you could can this for storage or freeze it?

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146 Casandra September 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

Since I am the only one who will eat gf anything I could use a recipe book like this.

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147 Patricia September 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

My favorite crockpot meal is definitely vegan chili served with cornbread. I am a true southern girl. :)

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148 Patricia September 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

I will definitely use this on ice cream and in coffee.

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149 Patricia September 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

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150 Patricia September 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

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151 Maryelsa Anita D'Souza September 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

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152 Maryelsa Anita D'Souza September 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

I would put this sauce in coffee or maybe just eat it off the spoon!

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153 Maryelsa Anita D'Souza September 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

Favorite slow cooker meal – chili!

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154 Rhonda Houchin September 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

my favorite crockpot meal is macaroni and cheese with ham

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155 Rhonda Houchin September 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

I would use this caramel on toast, melted slightly and poured over ice cream or on warm chocolate cake. yummmmm. I’d even use it to dip sliced apples into it.

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156 Rhonda Houchin September 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

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157 Rhonda Houchin September 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

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158 Rhonda Houchin September 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

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159 Rhonda Houchin September 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

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160 Rhonda Houchin September 22, 2013 at 10:43 am
161 Beth Ann Bruno September 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

Hello! I love peaches with brown sugar and coconut flakes in the crockpot!

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162 Beth Ann Bruno September 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

Hello again!
I would love to try this in coffee at our bi-monthly coffee hour with just us ladies!

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163 Beth Ann Bruno September 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

Hello again, again!

I liked you on Facebook-thanks for this recipe!

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164 Lizz September 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

This looks AMAZING! I’m curious if you could use other purees? Has anyone tried? My hubby isn’t a huge pumpkin fan, but loves caramel and eats oatmeal almost every morning. I think he’d love a banana version!

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165 Ant September 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

I shared this post and liked on fb. Now off to buy some brown sugar!

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166 Chris V September 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

My favourite crockpot meal would have to be roasted whole chicken!

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167 Chris V September 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

I would use this sauce on scones, in my pumpkin lattes….and my family would have to fight me to share! :)

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168 Chris V September 22, 2013 at 11:30 am

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169 julie September 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

i would eat this sauce straight from the jar!!!! or maybe with crepes!

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170 Amanda September 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

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171 Amanda September 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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172 Amanda September 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I would spread on pumpkin muffins or bread

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173 Suzanna September 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Can maple syrup or honey be used to substitute for the brown sugar?

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174 Kristina Sloggett September 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

hi Suzanna, I honestly do not know – I have only followed the original recipe as is – if you try either of those please let us know how it works! good luck! Kristina

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175 Kathy Hester September 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Suzanna,

You can use other sweeteners but it will not set up the same way. Meaning it will be more liquidy and it may need to be stirred before each use.

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176 Heather September 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I love chicken noodle soup and I would this on top of homemade ice cream!!! Yum yum yum to grin for!!! :D

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177 The Peace Patch September 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal so far is spicy lentil stew…always so deliciously filling. :)

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178 sharon September 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

like to make soup in my slow cooker
I took this book out of the library and have meade several of the recipes

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179 sharon September 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

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180 The Peace Patch September 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

How to use this sweet nectar of vegan magic? My first thought was as a layer in a raw apple pie, then I thought maybe swirled into a sweet bread, then how about a tier in a tiramisu, and finally I just want it spread on bread to nibble at while watching a riveting film like Only Lovers Left Alive. :)
Thank you for the recipe!

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181 Carol Brendle September 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

#1 favorite slow cooker meal – bar b q pulled pork
#2 combine with spoon or coconut flour zucchini bread or oatmeal
#6 liked and following on Facebook

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182 Megan Richey September 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal is Taco Soup! It’s so healthy and Delicious. I would use this dip paired with apples. Maybe as a dip?

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183 Kristy Raines September 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Love your recipes!

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184 Jeanette September 23, 2013 at 4:49 am

This looks incredibly good – love my slow cooker. It’s about 20 years old but still does the job!

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185 Rachel September 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

My favorite slow cooker meal is chili with caramelized onions – I use the slow cooker to caramelize the onions first and then add the chili ingredients!

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186 Kirsten September 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

I’m thinking apple slices dipped in this caramel!

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187 Chelsea September 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

my fave slow cooker meal is chili, hands down. how can you beat that?

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188 Chelsea September 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I would swirl this in oatmeal or in chia seed pudding :)

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189 Barbara September 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I love to put a big pork roast in for pulled pork everything

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190 Barbara September 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Will make to put on waffles…and anything else I can think of :)

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191 Barbara September 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

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192 Jen @ Lita's World September 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Favorite slow-cooker meal is vegan chili – especially during the colder months!

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193 Jen @ Lita's World September 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

This caramel sauce would go AWESOME in with my soy chai!! Must make it tonight!!

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194 Jen @ Lita's World September 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm
195 Jen @ Lita's World September 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm
196 Jen @ Lita's World September 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

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197 Marlaena September 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I am going to try this with coconut sugar…what do you think?

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198 Kristina Sloggett September 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

hi Marlaena – I honestly have no idea – all I know is the way I followed the original recipe. please let me know how it turns out? good luck – Kristina

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199 Kelley September 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

Please comment on how this turns out with coconut sugar, Marlaena! I was wondering myself if there would be an alternative to the brown sugar….

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200 Kathy Hester September 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I actually made my last batch with coconut sugar. It’s really good but not quite as thick.

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201 Kelley September 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Oh YAY! The coconut sugar makes this 100% Paleo friendly which makes it even that much more appealing for our family! Thanks so much for the info.

And thanks Kristina for the awesome recipe!

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202 Jen @ Lita's World September 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm
203 Erin September 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal is veggie chili loaded with tons of beans, I love to let it simmer all day in the winter.

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204 Erin September 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

This caramel sounds like it would be divine with vanilla ice cream!

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205 Becky Seling September 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Do you know if I’d be able to sub xylitol (the brown sugar version) for the real brown sugar? Please let me know as I really want to try it. I am looking for some great dessert ideas that my husband and I can eat and enjoy together. Everything else in the recipe sounds so good (so does the reg brown sugar, we just can’t eat it). Thank you SO much!! Becky

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206 Kristina Sloggett September 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm

hi Becky, I honestly do not know, I have not cooked at all with xylitol. if it is a similar consistency, it might work, I only know the original recipe as I followed it, sorry. it’s worth a shot in my opinion. Kristina

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207 Becky Seling September 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thank you very much for your quick response! I might try it then and perhaps add the xylitol more towards the end of the cooking time. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thank you !

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208 Kristina Sloggett September 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

please do let me know, hope it goes well!

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209 Kathy Hester September 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I haven’t cooked with xylitol either, but the worst case would be that its more of a syrup and you’d need to stir before each use. Best case is that it has the properties to thicken like brown sugar.

I can’t wait to hear how your turned out!

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210 Erin September 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

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211 Christine September 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I like to make Mexican “lasagna” in the crockpot!

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212 Christine September 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I’d pair that yummy pumpkin Carmel sauce with vanilla ice cream!

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213 Christine September 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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214 Jenn September 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal is Boston butt turned into pulled pork. I would put this caramel right into hot coffee. I’m making it as soon as I get a new can of coconut milk!

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215 Becca F September 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm

My favorite slow cooker meal would be vegan chili or seitan roast

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216 Becca F September 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I would probably be uncreative and boring and pair this with apples

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217 Becca F September 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

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218 Heather September 25, 2013 at 3:31 am

Hello! I pinned this and also had a question-

I made this yesterday but even after 11 hours it was still runny. Not thick like in your pics at all. I see another follower above had same issue, any ideas? I followed recipe exactly, BUT made it all double.

Thank you!
Heather

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219 Kristina Sloggett September 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

hi Heather, I am not sure why it is thin, especially if you followed the recipe exactly. did you use full fat coconut milk? did it thicken up once you refrigerated it (for storing?).

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220 Heather September 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

Yes I used full fat organic coconut milk, same size can as recipe calls for. Yes it does thicken more while in fridge but it separates a lot. There’s a thick, harder orangish top and thinner, darn orange under that (like the coconut oil is separating out). If I can compare: do you know the types of peanut butter that have oil in them? They are runnier even when mixed well. That’s the consistency. Not like peanut butter you can scoop and hang a spoon upside down but like runny, oily peanut butter. Did you mix yours with a blender or anything?
Thanks for any tips! Heather

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221 Kathy Hester September 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

What sized slow cooker did you cook it in? I’m wondering if doubling it made it go wonky. Did you use canned pumpkin or some that you cooked from fresh?

With that said it should still taste the same and be useable. Maybe try putting it in the blender and see if that doesn’t bring it together.

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222 Melissa September 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

Hi Kristina! I am also having trouble getting mine to thicken up (I put it in the slow cooker on low at 10pm last night and it is still going…..). I just turned it up to high and I’m seeing if that helps – what consistency was yours when you put it in the fridge? I’d say mine is about like applesauce right now. Thoughts?

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223 Kristina Sloggett September 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

hi Melissa, yes I think that is the right consistency – it will continue to thicken when cooled (even if you turned off the heat and left it to cool in the slow cooker it will thicken in there). it did not get to the consistency you see in the photo until it sat in the fridge. yours should be good to go – enjoy!

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224 Kathy Hester September 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Before putting it in the fridge it will look very loose, like applesauce or even a little thinner.

In the fridge it should thicken up more.

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225 Debbie September 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I am so excited I found your site tonight!!!
My favorite part of Fall besides the color’s of the leaves changing, are the flavor’s it brings also…
Pumpkin Carmel is definitely a fav!!
As for my favorite meal in my Crockpot ? I love to experiment and try new thing’s as well as the old favorites..
I know that is a little vague but being a Mother of 5 beautiful kids , you tend to get creative.. I am now down to 2 fulltime kids at home , so now I have 2 Crockpots one jumbo for visit’s and freezing extra’s, another for just a few servings or baking..
I had to have brain surgery just about 1yr +2 wks ago, my crocks really helped me through the healing process.. It helped me do a little at a time with Prep, but gave us fresh unprocessed food, ( which also helped me in the healing process) and gave us the option’s to make different meals out of one Crock by switching it up a bit..
Thank you for all the hard work you do and sharing such great Ideas’s!!
Your new Fan, Debbie

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226 katharina ikels September 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I would use it on biscuits in place of molasses and my fave slow cooker recipe is chili! YUM!

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227 Lisa September 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

I made this and it’s delicious! How long will it last in the refrigerator?

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228 Kathy Hester September 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

It will last for at least 1 week and possibly up to 10 days if you fridge is super cold.

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229 jacqui September 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

ok.. just made this yesterday. O.M.G. This is seriously the best pumpkin anything.. ever. My hubby and I are drinking the best pumpkin lattes this morning. I simmered Vanilla almond milk (unsweetened) with a few spoonfuls of the pumpkin caramel. Added a shot of espresso to each cup and topped with the milk. Better than any I have ever had. This is serious flavor! Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

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230 Kathy Hester September 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

I’m so glad you like it! It’s one of my favorite recipes from the book.

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231 Lisa September 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

Can you freeze it?

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232 Kathy Hester September 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I have not tried to freeze it, but I think it would do fine. Worst case it would separate some and you could blend it back together.

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233 Cheryl Reed September 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

My friends need this because of allergies. I could put it on intead of butter in a cinnamon roll.

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234 Michele September 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

Very sad that this did not work. I was so looking forward to it. It did not get creamy or thick at all. I still tried it in coffee and it was terrible. Any help on how to fix it would be appreciated!

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235 Kathy Hester September 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I need a little more info to try and help you troubleshoot it.

How long did you cook it? In what sized slow cooker? Did you put it in the fridge directly after cooking it? It will not get thick until it’s been refrigerated.

Did you use canned pumpkin? Full fat coconut milk? Did you use a different sweetener? Can you send me a photo of it? kathyhester@gmail.com

Even if it didn’t get thick the flavors should still be good so I’m wondering if something may have been wrong with one of the ingredients.

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236 Michele September 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Wow, honestly, I didn’t think you would have time to help me! Thanks for the reply. I can send a pic, tomorrow. I did use full fat coconut milk, regular brown sugar, and canned pumpkin. I did cook it for about 6 hours in a 1 1/2 quart crock pot. I let it cool a little bit in the crock pot and put it in the fridge. I checked it the next day and it got a bit thicker, but nothing like the awesome pic you have. I did notice the middle was still runny. I was thinking the flavors should still be there, but it doesn’t taste very good to me. It did ruin my coffee, lol. I would like to get this down, because it looks amazing!

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237 Kathy Hester October 1, 2013 at 5:08 am

I hate to say if but you just don’t like the taste of the way it is now, I think it just may not be your thing. Runny or not it tastes pretty much the same. Unless you got some icky pumpkin and you would know that when you put it in.

I’ve had some batches not be as thick as the picture because even canned pumpkin can vary slightly in water content. Since you followed the instructions I think that may be the case for you too.

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238 Michele October 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

Ok, thank you very much. I just might try it again, using a different crock pot. I really want to like it! haha. Maybe I need a bit more sugar. I will play with it. Thank you so much for helping me out! I love your stuff!

239 Elise October 9, 2013 at 6:32 am

I think Kathy is right. I tried it two separate times and, although the consistency was different between the batches, the taste was essentially the same. I had to leave mine in the crockpot for a full 9 hours to get it to be really thick:) The colour was the only thing that didn’t match the pic on my second go of it:)

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240 Elise September 30, 2013 at 7:03 am

I made this the minute I saw it, but it never thickened…admitedly, I doubled the recipe…I did let it cook for 9 hours though…I’ve got it in the fridge now in hopes of it thickening up:) I must say it scooped in my coffee this morning, as per you suggestion, and it’s unbelievable!!

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241 Luke September 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Begging my wife to make this!

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242 Me September 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Would this work with reduced fat coconut milk?

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243 Kathy Hester October 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

It should but it will not thicken up nearly as much, so it will be more sauce/syrup like.

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244 gracigrace October 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I used coconut cream as it was what I had on hand and it was very thick..also used a bit more pumkin than called for because I love. :) seriously delish in my coffee! ! :)

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245 Susan October 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

Oh my, this looks amazing and must be made very soon in my house. Thanks!

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246 Charlotte Zweigoron October 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

From the number of posts here, I would say some folks want that cookbook! I know I do… my slow cooker has been on the shelf for years and I just started looking for some healthy recipes to use in it. Back when I got mine, all the recipes were comprised of lots of prepared foods plopped together to make a dish. Since I don’t want to use a lot of prepared foods (Cream of Mushroom soup, anyone?) and am looking for healthy recipes, this sounds like the deal for me. I will also subscribe to your website to continue along this line of cooking. Maybe you could check mine out as well. Food for the eye but not for the tummy!

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247 sharon October 9, 2013 at 8:02 am

I have this authors previous vegan slow cooker book
and would love to add this to my collection
I want to make this pumpkin carmel

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248 Kerry October 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Any luck with processing this so I can make a few to give as gifts without needing a fridge on the go? And if so, how long in the canning bath?

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249 Kathy Hester October 10, 2013 at 3:17 am

I do not think this is safe to water bath can. It is my understanding that pumpkin butter is also not safe to process in a water bath, so I think you would have to pressure can it.

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250 Maureen October 10, 2013 at 7:47 am

Have you tried sending this as a gift yet? Do you think it would make it a couple states away in the mail, or spoil? Thinking of sending a jar to my sister. Everyone in my household loves it!!! Wonderful in coffee! :)

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251 Chelsea October 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

Yum! Just started my first batch. Question: once it’s made, how long is it good? Also, what do you recommend for storage? Does the sauce stay in the pantry or in the fridge? If it lasts that long!! ;) thank you!

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252 Chelsea October 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

Sorry! I found all my answers. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

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253 Garland October 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

My favorite crock pot meal is BBQ chicken, easy, quick to throw together, we eat off it in several variations all week.

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254 Garland October 15, 2013 at 9:02 am

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255 Garland October 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

I’d drizzle this on pumpkin muffins.

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256 Courtenay October 17, 2013 at 5:29 am

I found this amazing recipe Wednesday morning and just happened to be baking sugar pumpkins for pumpkin puree at the time. I was thrilled to find I had a cup or so of extra pumpkin so I tossed this together and into my crockpot. It was ready after dinner and I tasted a spoonful right out of the crock and instantly fell in love! Both kiddos looked at it and decided to pass on a taste test (I may have ‘accidentally’ forgotten to tell them what it was…) The next afternoon both tasted it and also fell into pumpkin love, which was great except the caramel didn’t last more than an hour after that! Guess I’m making more today. It’s good stuff!

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