Everyday Dairy-Free Living

Dairy-free Sweetened Condensed Milk

February 19, 2016
By: of Thrive
Prep 1 min
Cook 30 min
Yield 5 oz

Substitute this dairy-free version 1:1 in any recipe calling for sweetened condensed milk.


    1. In a small/medium size saucepan pour in the bottle of coconut culinary milk and bring to a low boil.
    2. Allow to boil for 5 minutes while whisking continuously.
    3. Lower the heat bringing the milk to a simmer. Add in the powdered sugar and continue to whisk until the sugar has fully dissolved. Add in your salt and vanilla (if using) and allow to simmer until the mixture has reduced by half — about 30-40 minutes.
    4. Use immediately for your recipe and store any unused sweetened-condensed milk in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Note: This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled but may need additional simmer time.

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    1. Hi Honey, you can certainly sub for the sweetener of your choice! Keep in mind the volume of powdered sugar does help thicken the milk and give it its silky consistency. Stevia should work in a similar fashion, though you may want to add in a couple Tbsp. of corn starch or tapioca starch. While you could use xylitol, the consistency likely wouldn’t be quite the same. Good luck and please let us know the results!

  1. Thank you for this recipe. I was recently diagnosed with lactose intolerance and I’m so glad I found this recipe! 🙂

    1. Hi Jenafer, Great question! In addition to sweetening the condensed culinary milk, the powdered sugar also helps to thicken it as it reduces. Agave should work fine and provide a similar taste, but we would recommend starting with a 2/3 C. agave and adding 1 T. of starch (arrowroot or corn if you can tolerate?). Maple and or Honey would certainly work, too but would affect the taste. If using either of those, 2/3 C. + 1 T. starch! Good luck and please let us know how it turns out!

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