Vegan Dulce de Leche

During my study abroad in Argentina, I was obsessed with dulce de leche; I would eat it on bananas, ice cream, and biscuits. If you don’t know what it is, it is a very thick, sweetened milk. If you want to drool – google a “torta de mil hojas.” I might be talented enough with my gluten-free vegan baking to recreate that cake one day.

This dulce de leche will take 45 minutes. It is not a difficult task, but it takes patience; so take your time, and it will be worth it!

Vegan Dulce de Leche

Once, I attempted to make caramel sauce with coconut cream and maple syrup with no luck. Then, I found Nature’s Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk; I bought it at Fresh Thyme. They also sell it on Amazon. It thickens greatly in this dulce de leche, and is divine!



  • 1 can sweetened condensed coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup


  1. Combine the sweetened condensed coconut milk & maple syrup in a small saucepan. The maple syrup will make it a slightly tan color.
  2. Stir over medium-high heat just until it starts to boil. Do not let it boil over, and remove from heat if necessary.img_9409  
  3. Add 1 ½ tablespoon gluten-free vanilla.
  4. As you see it start to combine, remove it from heat, and add ½ teaspoon baking soda.
  5. Mix well, and place back on the stove.
  6. Reduce to low heat or a setting that will allow for a gentle simmer.
  7. Stir the dulce de leche approximately every ten minutes for the next 30 minutes until it looks darker and thicker.  
  8. When it becomes a darker golden color, start stirring it every 5 minutes.img_9413
  9. When it becomes thicker, and an even darker golden color, test it to see if it’s done.IMG_9414.JPG
  10. Pour a spoonful onto a plate and run the back of the spoon through the middle of the dulce de leche.  If the dulce de leche does not come together, then it’s done!IMG_9427.JPG
  11. It makes ~8 ounces. Scoop it into a couple of jars, and use it on ice cream, bananas, apples, or cakes. I’ll be sharing a Dairy and Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Boston Creme Cake, a Chocolate Dulce De Leche Hot Fudge Cake, and a No Churn Vegan Chocolate Dulce de Leche Ice Cream soon!IMG_9437.JPG



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  4. Megala says:

    This looks absolutely delicious ! I would love to use condensed coconut milk when available. I just want to know whether heating it can cause curdling.

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