Paleo Condensed Milk
Easy Paleo Condensed Milk with coconut or any dairy-free milk substitute. 2 ingredients and sweetened with dates. Healthiest Paleo Condensed Milk for iced coffee or anything you like !
Paleo Condensed Milk – healthy substitute for sweetened condensed milk
Paleo Condensed Milk is really simple to make. Condensed milk is usually sweetened whereas as evaporated milk is not. You can follow the same Paleo Condensed Milk recipe instructions below to make either condensed (sweetened) or evaporated (unsweetened) milk substitute.
Healthy Substitute for Sweetened Condensed Milk
I use dates as sweetener to my Paleo Condensed Milk. The dates give a mild dose of sweetness to the milk substitute without being overpowering.
The dates are simmered with light canned coconut milk or with any dairy-free milk substitute to add natural sweetness.
Strain the milk through a sieve after the liquid is reduced either by half or one-third, depending on the type of dairy substitute, you’ll have a lovely jar of Paleo Condensed Milk.
Tips on making dairy free Paleo Condensed Milk
Be sure to stir the milk liquid often with a wooden spoon over medium-low to low heat so that the milk won’t spill. You can pick any dairy-free milk you like but the cook time will be slightly different – the thinner the milk the longer the cook time will be.
I love adding a few tablespoons of Paleo Condensed Milk to my Vietnamese Iced Coffee or add a few tablespoons to marinated meat skewers like my Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork. Paleo Condensed Milk goes well with coconut so it’ll be a great sweetener to Asian BBQ style marinades !
So my friends this Paleo Condensed Milk recipe is –
Sweetened with dates
& Paleo friendly !
Paleo Condensed Milk Recipe
- 14 oz. (1 can) light coconut milk
- 4 medjool dates, pitted (see notes)
- ⅛ tsp vanilla bean powder, optional
- Use your hands to open and roughly break the pitted dates in half. Toss them in a small work bowl (4-cup mini food processor) until they are in small fruit chunks. You might need to scrape the bowl and pulse a few times. Alternatively dice them into small bites.
- Add the dates to a medium size saucepan with 14 oz. canned light coconut milk. Bring it to a gentle boil, stir-often. Pay attention to the stovetop temperature. After it reaches a gentle boil, lower the heat and slow simmer the milk liquid and stir with a wooden spoon frequently to prevent it from spilling until the milk is evaporated almost by ⅓ of the original quantity (about 15-20 mins).
- Strain the milk and dates through a sieve into a heatproof glass jar and discard any fruit chunks. Allow the milk to cool before storing it in the fridge. Stir with a spoon before using. The milk will be runny at first but will thicken as it chills. To make it runny, simply heat it up. Best finish in 1 week.
- Select pitted dates that are soft to the touch when you gently squeeze them. If the dates have drier texture, soak them with 3/4 cup hot water first until they are pump and become softer (about 10 mins).
- If use dairy-free milk from a carton (I.e. drinkable beverage that’s less dense than canned milk), extend your cook time until the milk quantity is reduced by half. You can use a saucepan or even a stainless steel skillet that has wide/large surface to help the liquid evaporate quicker. Bring the milk to a gentle boil then slow simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Stir-frequently to prevent it from spilling.
And be sure to check out my Vietnamese Iced Coffee, using Paleo Condensed Milk, Egg Custard Tofu, Whole30 Turmeric Milk, and Paleo Hot Chocolate!
Can I bake with this ?
Hi Donna, thank you! I’m not sure. I have only used it in my coffee! I would guess the texture will need to be thicker for baking use.
I tried to make a Paleo friendly condensed milk recipe once and it was ok but probably too sweet! This looks like an ideal way to ensure the right balance. Thank you.
Wow, this is brilliant! I like that the dates make it thicker and sweet like the texture of condensed milk.
This looks so yummy and amazing! I need this in my morning tea!!
This is so exciting, I love iced coffees with sweetened condensed milk, but haven’t had them in so long because of the sugar! Cannot wait to try this out!
Bookmarking this recipe for holiday baking!! Thanks
This is such a cool idea!!! I’ve never tried anything like this before. I can’t wait to use this in some of my sweet treats that I make.
This is divine and I am definitely going to make this for my coffee!
I love the fact that you sweeten your condensed milk with dates – such a simple and easy method too. Absolutely beautiful <3
Oh man what a GREAT idea! I can’t wait to try this and have so many ideas for using it! Thank you!
I love that this is sweetened with dates!! Magical!
Oooh, this would be so nice to have in the fridge for those icy milky drinks. Reminds me of my travel through Thailand! Yum.
I love coconut condense milk! So good in coffee.