Easiest Dairy-Free Condensed Milk

Easy Vegan Condensed Milk - Make it in a flash for all your vegan dessert needs!

Due my son’s life-threatening food allergies and our need to save money on whole foods, I am always looking ways to recreate some pantry basics. I’ve perfected recipes for Homemade Chocolate Chips, Homemade White Chocolate Chips, Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Powdered Egg Replacer, and 5 Ingredient Salad Dressing.  Today, I’m thrilled to share with you another similar processed food alternative, a Vegan Condensed Milk Recipe.

Believe it or not, I’ve been trying to make vegan condensed milk for awhile now.  What better thing to do with one’s time, right :-)?

Finally, I think I’ve got it.  A condensed milk recipe that is super easy to make and should work in any recipe that calls for the canned stuff.

So happy to share this with you!

My search for a great Vegan Condensed Milk Recipe started when I first started working on homemade coffee creamers. I tried a number of different recipes and just never really got it right.

But it’s right now.

And super easy.

Why Make Vegan Condensed Milk?

This is a simple question to answer.

1.  If you are dairy allergic and have a great recipe (like those oh-too-tempting 7-layer bars) that calls for condensed milk, here is your answer.

2.  It’s almost impossible to buy the stuff.  I did a search to find vegan condensed milk and not much turned up.

3.  It’s super cheap.  The condensed product I did find wasn’t available on Amazon, but I am pretty sure when it is it will be way more than what it will cost you to do it yourself.

4.  The only vegan condensed milk I found online was a brand made from soy and I’m not keen on a lot of soy as it is almost always genetically modified.  Ick.

There are several ways to make Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk.  The main version online is:

– take any vegan milk alternative (like my Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Homemade Rice Milk, or other) and then heat the milk
– add sweetener
– heat the milk to boil in a pan and simmer until the volume is reduced by 60% (this can take about 2 hours over low heat :-(.)

I just thought that there had to be an easier way to do this so I didn’t have to keep my stove on for 2 hours.  Energy bills are getting higher by the day, so I am trying to do what I can, short of going off grid.

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Ways to use vegan condensed milk.  

1.  In recipes calling for condensed milk.

2.  As a vegan coffee creamer.

3.  As a super sweet drink.  I know – sounds crazy, but my oldest was drinking this stuff straight as I tested the various versions :).

4.  If you have any left, just thin it out with some water and use as a sweetened milk drink.

5.  Add cocoa or carob to the thinned out version and you have Vegan chocolate or carob milk.

Of course, if you like the traditional way of doing things, you can just take my Coconut Milk, Almond Milk or Rice Milk and add the sweetener and heat it on the stove for 2 hours.  But why, when you’ve got this super duper simple way to get the job done :-)?

So now I am off to work on Non Dairy Coffee Creamer Recipes.  And to other great life matters, of course.

Interested in other Processed Food Replacements?  How about:

Powdered Sugar Substitute
Powdered Egg Replacer (like Ener-G)
Homemade Nut or Seed Butter
Homemade Vanilla Liquid Stevia
Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips

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  1. I need condensed milk to make dulce de leche, but until the dairy industry and I are on better terms I thought I was gonna be living a lonely dulce de leche-less existence, then I found this and I need to know…before I get my hopes up, would either of those recipes caramelize like regular stuff?

    • Hmmmm….I don’t know. I think the sweetener you use will make a difference and how much you need for the recipe. I haven’t ever made it. I wonder if a simmered coconut milk might work better. What are the proportions in the recipe?

  2. Gramma Kaye says:

    A lot of people confuse condensed milk with evaporated milk, even though they are two different things here in the states. Does this tun out pourable, or thick and syrupy like sweetened condensed milk?Thanks

  3. Thanks for this! I was wondering, could you just use coconut cream rather than the ground coconut and coconut fat?

    • Yes, I think so.

    • I tried it with the canned full fat coconut milk, ended up adding just the thick fat of the coconut and skipping the coconut water, but then added 3/4 C regular water (didn’t want it too coconutty) and it was super thin. I assume the water is to rehydrate the coconut flakes. I have a ninja blender not a vitamix so I was worried about the texture as vitamix can somehow magically make everything super smooth!

      My experience with the recipe : ) Thanks for posting!!

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