Vegan Dulce de Leche

almond milk caramel dairy free gluten free nut milks vegan

Prepared and photographed by NutraMilk nutritionist, Florencia Tagliavini.

Dulce de Leche is similar to caramel but quite different at the same time. It´s a creamy, dreamy sweet golden-brown treat that is enjoyed as an ingredient in many desserts or drizzled over cookies, brownies, fruits or pretty much anything you can think of. It´s typically made with dairy milk and sugar but we have made a vegan dulce de leche from almond milk that is delicious- it´s sweet and nutty with a deep caramelized toffee flavor that will win you over. Give it a try!


For almond milk: Yields 1 quart (4 cups / 946 mL)

  • 1 cup (150g) almonds
  • 1 quart (946ml) water
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt (optional)

For vegan dulce de leche

  • 4 cups almond milk made with the NutraMilk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda


  • Start by making fresh almond milk with the NutraMilk:
    • Place almonds in the NutraMilk container.
    • Press Butter cycle, set for 7 minutes.
    • Press Start.
    • Add water and replace lid.
    • Press Mix (do not change the default Mix time).
    • Press Start.
    • Press Dispense, open spigot and fill your container with almond milk.
  • Place almond milk in a medium sauce-pan and bring to a boil. Gradually add sugar while stirring with a wooden spoon, you will notice that it will immediately change color.
  • Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally (to avoid burning and sticking to the bottom) until the consistency changes.

  • It will take between 35-45 minutes for dulce de leche to be made. The consistency shouldn’t be too runny but it also shouldn´t be very thick as it will solidify when it cools and be too thick to use. It´s done when it reaches a deep caramel color and a thick but gooey texture. You can take out a small spoonful of dulce de leche and put it in the freezer a few minutes to see if its ready. Tilt the plate – if dulce de leche is not runny than it should be ready.
  • Place dulce de leche in a clean container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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