A homemade, sweetened, condensed almond milk, to use in place of the sugar loaded canned variety. It’s thick, sweet, and smooth just like the store-bought condensed milk, but it’s sugar-free, low-fat and only 5 calories per tablespoon!
Sweetened condensed milk is in so many delicious recipes. Unfortunately, it also contains 130 calories in two tablespoons and a crap load of sugar. I wanted to come up with a healthier sugar-free option using my beloved almond milk.
Going into this experiment I honestly did not think it was going to work. When you bring Almond milk to high temperatures, it does weird things. So letting it simmer for long amounts of time to condense worried me. After my first attempt, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I simply mixed Almond milk with sweetener and let it slowly simmer on low until it reduced by half. The result was a thick and creamy mixture just like I wanted. There was only one thing, it was lumpy and clumpy.
Attempt #1: Taste was perfect, Consistency was not
Not wanting to waste mass amounts of almond milk, I put a lot of thought into resolving the problem on test round number two. Since a runny pudding like consistency was what I was trying to achieve, I turned to my vegan vanilla pudding recipe and found my answer. Adding a cornstarch slurry should smooth things out fixing the problem.
Attempt #2: Success
- 4 cups almond milk (I used unsweetened)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ cup Truvia or your favorite granulated sugar alternative
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Mix together the almond milk, cornstarch, and sugar substitute in a saucepan.
- Slowly bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking often.
- Simmer on low for 1-11/2 hours, whisking occasionally, or till it is reduced by half.
- Store in a covered container in the fridge.
I created this homemade sweetened condensed almond milk for a Tres Leches cake, but you can use it in any recipe calling for sweetened condensed milk. I’ve been enjoying it drizzled over my crumbled up carrot cake oatmeal bake! Soooooo good. It’s also great as a creamer in coffee!