It is next to impossible to find vegan sweetened condensed milk at you local your grocery story. If you are fortunate enough to find it, you may be required to pay a premium for this liquid gold. That’s not good news on either front.
But, dahling, let’s take a deep breath and a step back to work on the solution. You will find the answer lies in the very name of the product you seek – Sweetened Condensed Milk. There is nothing more to it than milk that has been condensed (reduced) and sweetened (a sweetener added). Deconstructing the name immediately demystifies it. You simply take milk reduce it on low heat and add a sweetener. Voila! Sweetened Condensed Milk. How easy is that?
Traditional sweetened condensed milk is made from cow’s milk. This is very easy to make vegan. You have a wide range of options including soy, almond, cashew, and rice milk. However, my favorite substitute is coconut milk; I’m an island girl, after all. I love the subtle sweetness of the coconut which beautifully complements the dishes in which I’d typically use sweetened condensed milk. Imagine just a hint of coconut in your favorite flan, tres leches or – a breakfast staple in our home – Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge. You can the recipe for the porridge along with a great video of me working with some children to create this childhood favorite by clicking HERE.
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