Date Dulce De Leche – A Work in Progress

Sometimes, I get an idea in my head that possesses me until I run to the kitchen and start experimenting. The idea of a dulce de leche made of cashew milk and dates has been swirling around in my head all week.


This morning, I decided to give my idea a whirl. I should know better than attempting recipe development before I’ve eaten breakfast. It’s a bad idea because I’m super hangry and a hangry cook has no patience for things like the Maillard Reaction. Traditional dulce de leche takes hours to cook. Ain’t nobody got time for that before breakfast.

That is why I am posting this recipe with the caveat that it is a work in progress. I will be making a second attempt at this recipe next week, in a larger quantity with a much longer cook time.

So why am I sharing this now? Well, I think it’s helpful to share a bit of the recipe development process. Sometimes, bloggers make everything look effortless and that is not the case. It’s one thing to have a great idea, but cooking involves science and science involves experiments.

This experiment was not a failure but it didn’t quite hit the target. It was very good spread on some gluten-free pancakes and topped with fruit. It would be a great dip for some apples…or spread on some toast. I’d even consider using it as a filling in a chocolate. It’s quit versatile.

Here is the recipe for now, stay tuned for the next instalment in the coming week…


Date Dulce De Leche


  • 20 soft dates (or dates that have been soaked for several hours and drained)
  • 2 cup cashew milk


  1. Mix the dates and cashew milk in a high-powered blender or food processor until fully incorporated.
  2. Pour the mixture in to a small, heavy-bottomed sauce pan.
  3. Cook slowly over medium low heat for 35 minutes, until it is thick like a peanut butter.
  4. Let cool slightly before eating.
  5. Store in the fridge.



  1. I like the idea of a healthy dulce de leche. Im obsessed with dulce de leche, especially Argentinian! Yum!

    • Jasmine Lukuku

      Ya, I am totally possessed by this idea…it’s going to take some serious experimenting to get it just right!

  2. Could one conceivably do this with a crock pot?

    • Jasmine Lukuku

      Yes, I think you could as long as the crock pot wasn’t too big. I would stir it occasionally and make sure not to leave it unattended. I haven’t tried, so please come back and let me know if it works. I’ve also discovered that you can now buy coconut condensed milk in a store. Here is a link on amazon (affiliate link) If you started with that, you could use the mason jar in a crock pot method. Here is a blog post that shows how to do it with regular condensed milk

      I hope that helps!

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