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How to Make Dairy Free Condensed Milk: Easily make Dairy Free condensed milk at homemade to using in your Vegan and Dairy Free baking. Use it in any recipe that calls for regular condensed milk.

How to Make Dairy Free Condensed Milk (Bold Baking Basics)

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The only difference between Dairy Free Condensed Milk and regular Condensed Milk is the milk used. Dairy Free Condensed milk is made using coconut milk rather than dairy milk. However the Condensed milk can be used in the exact same way as regular in your Vegan and Dairy Free baking. Use it in any recipe that calls for regular condensed milk.

You can also use Nut Milks and other sugars such as Stevia. See the Notes section in the recipe.

I use Condensed Milk a lot in my baking. It is one of the main ingredients in my 2 Ingredient No Machine Ice Cream. I make a delicious Dairy Free No Machine Ice Cream that is equally as delicious with a variety of flavors to make. If you like your frozen desserts a little lighter and fruity then try my Homemade Sorbet in 5 minutes (No Machine) If you cannot find condensed milk in your country you can easily make it yourself at home. And you can find my regular Homemade Condensed Milk recipe here.

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Simmering milk and sugar on a low, controlled heat will yield you a thick, syrupy milk.

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Once it cools it will thicken and be ready to use. It will last in the fridge for weeks if you don’t need it straight away.

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How to Make Dairy Free Condensed Milk: Easily make Dairy Free condensed milk at homemade to using in your Vegan and Dairy Free baking. Use it in any recipe that calls for regular condensed milk.
How to Make Dairy Free Condensed Milk (Bold Baking Basics)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14 oz/414 ml/2 cups) coconut milk (full fat or low fat)*
  • cups (5 ⅓ oz / 150g) white sugar
Instructions
  1. Add the coconut milk and sugar into a heavy bottomed saucepan
  2. Heat it on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved
  3. Once all of the sugar has dissolved bring the mix to a simmer over low/medium heat. Do not stir once the mix starts to simmer otherwise it can crack and crystalize
  4. Gently simmer for roughly 30- 40 minutes, or until the milk has darkened to an almost grey color,has reduced by half and thickened (After about 15 minutes, you'll notice that the milk will start to turn dark and thicken – that's ok and is exactly what's supposed to happen)
  5. When ready, remove from the heat and pour into a jar to cool. (if there are sugary bits hanging around the rim of your pot don’t stir them into your condensed milk, this can also crack your mix)
  6. Let the condensed milk cool completely before putting on the air tight lid.
  7. Store in a jar in the fridge and it will last for months. Don't forget to label it. 🙂
Recipe Notes

The condensed milk when ready will measure 1 cup/8oz.

You can replace the regular milk with any other dairy free milk

You can Replace the sugar with a natural sugar like maple syrup, agave, or coconut sugar.

 

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  1. Lisa Barry on June 13, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I’m sorry, I just asked about coconut sugar and I read the bottom of the recipe, oops! Ha ha! 😁

  2. Lisa Barry on June 13, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Hi Gemma!
    Love your recipes! I know people are asking a lot about the sugar… how about coconut sugar? Do you think that will work?

  3. COLLEEN PERKINS on June 10, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Would this work if the sugar was replaced with erythritol, xylitol or monk fruit sweetener?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 11, 2019 at 8:16 am

      Hi Colleen! Great question as we’ve had Bold Bakers ask us about this. The substitute you use needs to be able to caramelize. Unfortunately, stevia, xylitol, splenda will not caramelize so will not work in this recipe.

  4. Helen on June 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Gemma
    I’m using coconut milk and it has been simmering over 40 minutes and hasn’t thickened. Should I keep simmering it?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 6, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Hi Helen,
      tell me about the sugar. The idea is that the sugar will dissolve and get to the ‘soft ball’ stage of caramel, which, even if you are using sugar and water, will thicken. It cannot thicken if the sugar quantity is not right.
      Let me know,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Helen Romain on June 6, 2019 at 9:33 pm

        Oh Gemma
        So lovely to hear from you. U just don’t know why it took so long to thicken. I put 2/3 cup of sugar and the trouble is it kept leaving a whitish layer and I removed it whenever I could. I tried the whitish part and it was like condensed milk which was beautiful but the liquid in the saucepan stayed the same. After hours on the stove simmering I decided to take it off and put it in the fridge but when I checked it, it was hard as a rock.
        Thanks again
        Helen

        • Gemma Stafford on June 7, 2019 at 11:45 am

          Oh Helen, poor you! I am not too sure where this went wrong. I hope you will take another chance with it, it really does work!
          Gemma 🙂

  5. LaDwan Sherman on June 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Is cashew milk okay to use in the recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 4, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, you can use any milk. What you are doing is reducing the water content by slowly evaporating it while caramelizing the sugars with the residue and remaining water. The result will be a little different and you may need to watch it carefully. Fully dissolve all of the sugar before you simmer it, then you are looking for the soft ball stage, not coloring, just thickening the milk. I suggest you try a sample so that you do not waste it.
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Amy Lee Duprey on May 21, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I am wondering if I could use Splenda for the sugar in this recipe.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 21, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Amy,

      Unfortunately for this recipe you can’t use splenda because it doesn’t not caramelize. We re working on a refined sugar free version.

      Watch this space.
      Gemma.

  7. Karen on April 30, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Gemma, I love your videos and recipes. Could I possibly use lactaid milk to make the sweetened condensed milk?
    I love the coconut milk one, but would like to try it without a coconut flavor.
    Keep the recipes coming.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 1, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Karen,

      Yes you can use that milk, no problem :).

      Hope it turns out well,
      Gemma.

  8. tayna on April 22, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Hi, would it work with lactose free milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 22, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Hi, yes that would work here.

  9. Carol on April 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Gemma –

    I need to make dairy and sugar free condensed milk. Will stevia or Swerve work in this recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 19, 2019 at 5:41 am

      Hi Carol,
      this is the big question! Stevia will not work, Swerve/Lakanto/Truvia etc will work rather better. The issue is that sugars need to caramelize in order to thicken the milk, which is a bit like the soft ball stage of the caramel making process. The alcohol sugars/Truvia etc. will sort of caramelize, but I have not tried it, though it is on my list.
      It depends on what you wish to use it for too. For my ice cream recipes it may not be thick enough, but we really do noeed to do some work on it. One bols baker thickened hers with a little cornstarch! she reported that this worked well for her.
      Not much help I know, do let us know if you try it,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Carol Bush on April 19, 2019 at 6:54 am

        Thank you so much for the advice. I am going to make lime cheesecake bars, so I may add a little cornstarch to thicken it.

        • Gemma Stafford on April 20, 2019 at 2:34 am

          That is the idea Carol, and for that recipe I think that will be perfect,
          Gemma 🙂

          • Carol Bush on April 21, 2019 at 2:25 pm

            My Key Lime cheesecake bars turned out just fine with this recipe – plus a little cornstarch. Didn’t taste too much coconut, either.
            Carol

            • Gemma Stafford on April 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm

              Great job! I’m delighted to hear that, next time send us a photo!



  10. Sandy Randle on April 16, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Hi Gemma
    Does coconut milk taste like coconut? I’ve never used it & really don’t like coconut. Wondering how it would taste in other recipes.
    Thanks
    Sandy

    • Gemma Stafford on April 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Hi, yes it does have a slight coconut flavor, but it is very neutral. I love it!

  11. shenade on April 15, 2019 at 9:14 am

    will this work with coconut cream? I have a bunch of cans of coconut cream hahaha just seeing what i can do with them.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 15, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Hi, yes that will work here too!

  12. Angel Eyes on April 8, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I made this recipe but with soy milk and it just would not thicken.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 8, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Yes, for this i suggest yous stick to coconut milk.

  13. Liz on March 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Can Stevia be used, quantity?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 25, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      Hi, this does not reduce down the same with out the sugar.

  14. Mona on March 16, 2019 at 11:00 am

    since I can use coconut milk , will almond milk as well? I’ve tried to make pudding with almond milk with out success.. wondered if you have tried for condensed milk..

    • Gemma Stafford on March 17, 2019 at 6:56 am

      Hi Mona,
      I have not tried with almond milk. That said, ant milk should condense. What you are doing is evaporating the water content, and thickening the milk residue with the sugars, almost to a caramel. I cannot see why it would not work. See this recipe too (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/vegan-chocolate-pudding/) you may like it!
      Gemma 🙂

  15. ese on March 12, 2019 at 4:50 am

    hi gemma,
    can i use fresh coconut milk for this recipe.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 12, 2019 at 6:27 am

      Hi there,
      Short answer YES! that wil lbe perfect,
      Gemma 🙂

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