Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute (Instant, Raw, and Free from: dairy, refined sugars, gluten & grains)

Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute

  • Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: approx 1½ cups
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Dessert


An instant, raw, dairy-free sweetened condensed milk recipe made without refined sugar.


  • ¾ cup raw cashews (pre-soak and strain only if not using a Vitamix)*
  • ½ cup agave (or maple syrup, brown rice syrup, coconut nectar, etc.)
  • ¼ cup coconut manna (also known as coconut butter)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt


  1. Make sure all ingredients are at room temp or slightly warmed before starting. Blend everything in a blender (a Vitamix works best; otherwise just pause and scrape down the sides as needed). Adjust the sweetness to your liking (especially if using an alternative sweetener to agave). Enjoy! Store leftovers in a glass jar in the fridge and gently rewarm as needed.


*To pre-soak nuts: place in a glass bowl, cover with water, and leave to soak for 4 hours (or overnight in the fridge). Then strain and discard the water. For a quick pre-soak, cover with boiled water and soak for 15 mins, then strain and discard water. (Note: this technique doesn’t preserve the nutrition of the recipe as well as the traditional soaking technique above). Additional Note: the purpose of soaking the nuts is to re-hydrate them and plump them up for blending into a smooth, cheesecake-like consistency. Proper soaking techniques also maximize nutrition and digestibility. If you’re interested in learning more about nut soaking and other dessert prep tips and tricks, I delve into these subjects in detail in my book Unconventional Treats.