A few of weeks ago I had a hankering for a favourite treat from my childhood. The recipe called for sweetened condensed milk, and while I used to consume it all the time these days it just doesn’t work for me – far too much sugar and made with dairy (which I try to avoid), so I made my own version with just two ingredients – plus it’s dairy-free and doesn’t contain added sugar.

When I was a kid I used to eat condensed milk with bananas as a treat. I would slice up a ripe banana and top it off with a nice helping of condensed milk. I’m not sure where this duo came from but it was delicious! I bet this version of condensed milk and some bananas would make a great banana cream pie. I guess I know what I’ll start testing next. Since this version uses dates it’s not quite as sticky as the store bought. Incidentally, this condensed milk also goes great in coffee.

Homemade Condensed Milk: Dairy-free, refined sugar-free

Make your own dairy-free, refined sugar-free condensed milk.


  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 - 5 tbsp date paste
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder or extract


  • Pour coconut milk into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it boils, stir and lower the heat to a simmer. Stay nearby for this step as the coconut milk can boil over quickly.
  • Simmer on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the coconut milk has thickened and is reduced by half.
  • Add date paste and vanilla (if using) and stir to incorporate.
  • Cool and pour into an airtight jar. Store in the refrigerator. Keeps for up to a week.

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