Indulge in the Richness of our Coconut Milk Dulce De Leche

Hark! Ye gourmands and culinary adventurers, hearken to my words! In the pursuit of delectable delicacies and toothsome treats, I have journeyed far and wide across the lands. And in my travels, I have espied a sweet concoction that is a veritable delight for the senses – the Coconut Dulce De Leche!

This luscious dessert is infused with the tropical flavor of coconut and the rich sweetness of dulce de leche. It is creamy, velvety, and absolutely irresistible. But what is dulce de leche, ye may ask? Ah, it is a caramel sauce made by heating milk with sugar until it caramelizes into a thick, brown substance. And when this caramel sauce is combined with coconut milk, it creates a heavenly fusion that will leave your taste buds singing!

Fear not, for this recipe is simple to follow and requires only a handful of ingredients. But do not be deceived by its simplicity, for the taste of this sumptuous dessert belies its ease of preparation.

With this recipe in your hands, you will be able to make a treat fit for kings and queens in the comfort of your own kitchen. So come hither, and let me show you how to make this delectable Coconut Dulce De Leche!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coconut Dulce De Leche
Coconut Dulce De Leche

O gentle people, let me speak to you of a great recipe that shall certainly make your taste buds dance with joy! The coconut dulce de leche is a sweet and luscious sauce that will bring happiness to your plates. Here’s why you’ll love this recipe.

First off, this recipe brings together the best of two worlds: the sweetness of dulce de leche and the exoticism of coconut milk. It is said among the wise that one plus one equals three, and this recipe is proof of their wise words.

Secondly, this recipe is versatile! It can be made vegan, as no dairy is used in making it. Those who live a dairy-free lifestyle should rejoice since they can have a taste of caramel goodness without any worries. You can use it to top off your desserts or to drizzle over your pancakes or waffles. Additionally, if life gives you leftovers (as we are all so familiar with), simply put them in a jar and store it for your future cravings!

Lastly, this recipe is super easy to make! It requires only one ingredient (sweetened condensed milk) and a few pantry staples such as brown sugar, kosher salt, and unsweetened coconut milk. The process involves heating up the ingredients in a pot until they turn into a caramel sauce. Voila! Your delicious caramel coconut dulce de leche is ready!

So what sayeth thee? Will you try out this sumptuous recipe and give thy taste buds some delight? I certainly hope so!

Ingredient List

 Creamy and sweet, our Coconut Dulce De Leche is a tropical treat!
Creamy and sweet, our Coconut Dulce De Leche is a tropical treat!

Below is a list of ingredients you will need to make the mouth-watering Coconut Dulce De Leche. All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or specialty food store:

  • 1 ½ cups of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Note: If you want to make a vegan version, you can use coconut milk instead of condensed milk. Vegan dulce de leche made with coconut milk and coconut cream is a delightful substitute for the traditional recipe.

These ingredients will be used to create the rich, creamy texture and deep caramel flavor that this classic Latin American dessert is known for. Let’s get started!

The Recipe How-To

 Dip your spoon into this heavenly caramel sauce.
Dip your spoon into this heavenly caramel sauce.

Are you ready to prepare the most delicious coconut dulce de leche? Follow these simple steps, and your dessert is going to be a real hit!

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 can of unsweetened coconut milk (2 cups)
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
  • ⅔ cup of brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Heat sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stirring constantly until sugar dissolves, about few minutes;
  2. Increase the heat to high and boil the mixture without stirring it for approximately 5 minutes or until it turns into caramel made;
  3. Now add in the coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, and kosher salt;
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and whisk together ingredients until they blend completely;
  5. Add in the unsweetened shredded coconut and continue stirring the mixture for approximately 20 minutes, being careful not to scorch;
  6. Keep whisking until you get a thick, golden-brown mixture;
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla extract;
  8. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or glass dish, let it cool at room temperature for a few minutes before adding it to your favorite dessert.

You just prepared an excellent Dulce de Leche Coconut recipe that can easily become a staple item in your pantry. This should only take you roughly around 3 hours, but with such simplicity and ease of preparation, this will taste like it took hours!

Substitutions and Variations

 You'll go nuts for our Coconut Dulce De Leche!
You’ll go nuts for our Coconut Dulce De Leche!

Thou art curious to explore different variations of this delicious Coconut Dulce De Leche recipe? Look no further, for I shall reveal my secrets.

1. Vegan or Dairy-Free: To make this recipe vegan, replace the sweetened condensed milk with a vegan version made from coconut milk. You can also swap the unsweetened coconut milk for coconut cream to make the sauce even creamier.

2. Brown Sugar Caramel: Instead of using regular sugar, try making a brown sugar caramel. Cook brown sugar and a splash of water over medium-high heat until it forms a deep amber color before adding the rest of the ingredients.

3. Shredded Coconut: For an extra layer of texture, add 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut to the mixture before heating it. This variation will give your coconut dulce de leche a subtle crunch.

4. Tres Leches: Use this dulce de leche recipe to make Tres Leches cake or soak it into individual cupcakes.

5. Alfajores or Macarons: Fill your alfajores or macarons with a dollop of this coconut caramel sauce for an indulgent treat.

6. Cheesecake Pistachio: Bake a cheesecake pistachio and drizzle the coconut dulce de leche over it for a decadent dessert that will leave you wanting more.

Thou can adapt this sumptuous sauce recipe to complement different types of desserts such as ice cream, coconut macaroons, brownies, cakes, tarts, and cookies too! The possibilities are endless when thou put thy creativity to use while trying the recipes with these variations.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for drizzling, dipping, or mixing into desserts.
Perfect for drizzling, dipping, or mixing into desserts.

Hark, dear food enthusiasts! Now that you have completed the completion of the dulce de leche coconut recipe, it’s time for me to share some charming serving and pairing suggestions.

Firstly, indulge in this scrumptious dessert spoon by spoon as a standalone dish. The sweet and caramel-like flavor of the coconut dulce de leche is a treat in itself. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of shredded coconut on top for an extra rich treat.

Secondly, pair this dish with some vanilla ice cream to dampen its syrupy sweetness while adding a cool, creamy texture. Take it up a notch by pouring some warm dulce de leche coconut sauce over the cold ice cream. It’s an ultimate dessert game-changer!

For a dairy-free and vegan option, consider using coconut cream instead of conventional cream or whipped cream. The richness of this cream complements the flavors of the dulce de leche perfectly.

Also, consider using the dulce de leche coconut sauce as a caramel sauce over cakes, tartlets, macarons or even as a glaze for brownies- You’ll be surprised at how versatile this sauce can be!

Lastly, serve them in Spanish-style cookies called Alfajores or use them as toppings on your tres leches confectionery.

So go ahead- whip up some batch of desserts with the luscious dulce de leche coconut sauce recipe and pair it creatively to bring out its full flavor potential!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One taste of this decadent sauce will transport you to a sunny beach.
One taste of this decadent sauce will transport you to a sunny beach.

Hark! It is always convenient to make a recipe beforehand, or store it for later consumption. Fear not, for this coconut dulce de leche recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for later. Once you have prepared the delectable dulce de leche coconut sauce, let it cool down and transfer it to an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

When reheating the sauce, it is important to do so slowly over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent any scorching. I recommend using a double boiler if you have one; if not, use a saucepan over low heat and heat the sauce gradually while stirring. Do not microwave the sauce as it may become grainy.

This recipe is versatile – you can also make it vegan by using sweetened condensed coconut milk instead of regular sweetened condensed milk, and substituting coconut cream for heavy cream. Vegan coconut dulce de leche can be stored in the same way as the regular version.

This sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used as a topping for ice cream, cheesecake pistachio, alfajores or macarons, to name just a few suggestions. You could even use it as a filling or topping for cakes, tarts, brownies or cookies.

In conclusion, with proper storage and reheating techniques handy, your culinary creations will last longer and taste just as scrumptious every single time. So give this recipe a try today and savor its flavors again tomorrow!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A match made in heaven: coconut and dulce de leche.
A match made in heaven: coconut and dulce de leche.

To ensure the success of your coconut dulce de leche recipe, there are a few essential tips that you should keep in mind. Here are my recommendations for achieving the perfect results.

Firstly, when making the caramel sauce, be sure to heat the sugar over medium heat until it dissolves before increasing the heat to medium-high. This technique will prevent the sugar from crystallizing and sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Secondly, stir the mixture constantly while heating to prevent it from burning. Be patient as the caramelization process can take up to 15 minutes.

Thirdly, use a high-quality unsweetened coconut milk for optimal flavor and texture. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add coconut cream to the recipe.

Fourthly, when boiling the mixture, add shredded coconut or unsweetened coconut flakes to enhance the coconut flavor and texture of your dulce de leche.

Finally, let your coconut dulce de leche cool completely at room temperature before transferring it into an airtight container and refrigerating it. This should take about 3 hours but allowing it to sit overnight in the fridge will amplify its taste.

By following these tips, you can make sure that your Coconut Dulce De Leche comes out perfectly every time.


Hark now, good reader! Ere you begin to cook this delightful Coconut Dulce De Leche recipe, thou may have some inquiries in thine heart that need some answering. Fret not, for I, the culinary bard, have gathered some commonly asked questions and provided answers to them below. Peruse with careful attention for thou shall find the answers most helpful.

Is dulce de leche just sweetened condensed milk?

Creating Dulce de leche, a sweet and indulgent caramel sauce, requires only one key ingredient – sweetened condensed milk.

What is the difference between dulce de leche and caramel?

Although caramel and dulce de leche appear to be similar in appearance and flavor, they are, in fact, quite distinct. Caramel involves slowly boiling water and sugar until it becomes caramelized, while dulce de leche is produced by slowly heating milk and sugar until it forms a creamy, caramelized substance.

Is dulce and condensed milk the same thing?

The process of making dulce de leche and caramel differs in their main ingredients. While dulce de leche is created using condensed milk or a mixture of milk and sugar, caramel is made by combining sugar and water.

How long does it take for condensed milk to turn into dulce de leche?

One of the ways to make dulce de leche is by cooking a can of condensed milk in boiling water for 2 to 3 hours until caramelized. The longer cooking time will yield a thicker and darker caramel, while the shorter time will result in a lighter caramel. Remember to keep an eye on the water level in the pot and add more boiling water as needed to ensure that the can is fully submerged while cooking.

Bottom Line

thou now, dear reader, and consider the beauty and wonder of this Coconut Dulce De Leche Recipe. The combination of sweetened condensed milk and unsweetened coconut milk creates a masterpiece known as dulce de leche, making this recipe both unique and exquisite. Imagine drizzling a spoonful over your favorite dessert or swirling it into your morning coffee. The possibilities with this recipe are endless, and its simplicity makes it even more desirable.

Not only is this recipe versatile and easy to make, but it is also dairy-free, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free. With these substitutions in place, one can confidently indulge in the sweet richness of dulce de leche without neglecting dietary restrictions.

This Coconut Dulce De Leche Recipe goes beyond simply being a delicious treat; it evokes memories of alfajores on a hot summer day or coconut macaroons baked to perfection for the holidays. It’s a reminder that food is not just nourishment for our bodies but also a way to connect with each other through shared experiences and traditions.

So, my dear reader, I invite thee to try this recipe and let the flavors transport you to another place and time. Whether thou chooseth to spread it on toast or drizzle it over ice cream or indulge in leche cheesecake pistachio, the options are endless. Remember to share this delightful recipe with friends and family so they too can enjoy the magic of Coconut Dulce De Leche.

Coconut Dulce De Leche

Coconut Dulce De Leche Recipe

From Bon Appetit. I love this stuff! It is very rich; a little goes a long way. Great on toast, ice cream, fruit, a spoon (lol)...
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1145.9 kcal


  • 2 (14 ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt


  • Whisk coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and boil until reduced to 2 1/2 cups, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
  • Transfer sauce to small jars. Cool completely, then cover and chill.
  • Can keep, chilled, for 1 month.

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Serving: 1127gCalories: 1145.9kcalCarbohydrates: 137.7gProtein: 6.7gFat: 70.2gSaturated Fat: 62.2gSodium: 443.1mgSugar: 127g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, Low Protein, Sauces
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.