ALMONDS: Note that if you choose to use almonds, for best results you should remove the almond skins first.
PRE-MADE DAIRY-FREE MILK: You can use pre-made milk and start at step 3. Please note that your sweetened condensed non-dairy milk may not work out or taste nice if you the milk you use has thickeners, stabilizers, added flavoring, etc. You can also use canned coconut milk. It won't need to cook for as long because it's a little thicker already.
LOWER OR LESS REFINED SUGAR: You can use coconut sugar in a 1:1 substitution. The condensed milk will have a much darker color and be a little less sweet. You can also use regular sugar but reduce the amount to 1/3 cup instead of 1/2 cup.
COOK TIME: This takes about 1 hour to cook; I stir it every 5 to 10 minutes. You can cook it in less time at a slightly higher heat if you are able to stay nearby and stir it more frequently. You can also keep the heat very low and stir infrequently, but it may take even longer than an hour to reduce. If this is your first time making vegan sweetened condensed milk then I recommend checking it frequently regardless.
COLOR: This vegan sweetened condensed milk ends up with a light caramel color. But if you desire a more pure white color, then: (1) use a clear vanilla extract or omit the vanilla extract completely, (2) use refined white sugar (may not be suitable for ethical vegans), and (3) cook it at very low heat to prevent the sugar from caramelizing.
NUTRITION: Nutrition facts are calculated using coconut sugar and macadamia nuts.
Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk originally printed from https://yupitsvegan.com/vegan-sweetened-condensed-milk/ April 30, 2017