Vegan DIY: Make Your Own Dairy-Free Condensed Milk
When you fully adopt a vegan lifestyle, one thing you definitely need to learn how to do is cook. No matter how reluctant you are, you will find that you will have much more success and be able to eat a much wider variety of things if you are able to prepare them yourself.
Another tip I would keep in mind is to familiarize yourself with what ingredients aren't vegan and try as many vegan substitutes as possible for them. That way, when it comes time to convert any recipe into one that's suitable for a vegan diet, you'll know which substitutes you like and will make your end product that much more delicious. (Also, for ingredient substitution pointers, I would highly suggest checking out my Veganism 101 collection, which are all about learning how to make smart substitutes when converting standard recipes to vegan ones!)
Here is a recipe for condensed milk. It consists of four simple ingredients that, when combined, you can use just as you would regular condensed milk. Want to make a tres leches cake? Go for it. How about a Vietnamese iced coffee or some Thai Iced Tea? Do it. (And share some with me. Please?)
Also, keep in mind, vegan does not necessarily always equal healthy. For example, this recipe is loaded with all sorts of fat and sugar, so don't think you can eat that aforementioned tres leches cake every day and expect to drop pant sizes. Just saying.
Vegan Condensed Milk
1 can full-fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar (Feel free to adjust to taste.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
A pinch of salt
1. In a small, heavy-bottomed pot, whisk together the coconut milk and brown sugar.
2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered, or until mixture has reduced by half.
3. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir in vanilla and salt.