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Dairy Free Condensed Milk

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Dairy Free Condensed Milk

I’ve been baking a lot and sometimes the baked goods from the original recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk.  Before now, I skipped over those recipes.  I refuse to feel deprived.  I researched what sweetened condensed milk is and thought about how to make my own dairy free sweetened condensed milk.

Sweetened condensed milk is simply whole milk that is combined with sugar and heated until much of the liquid has evaporated.

It seemed quite easy to convert a recipe for regular sweetened condensed milk into a dairy free sweetened condensed milk recipe.  I was already making a caramel sauce with coconut milk so it felt natural to morph it into dairy free condensed milk.

It’s very simple.  Basically you start with a can of full fat coconut milk.  A good brand, like Aroy-D, but I was also successful using Thai Kitchen Premium Coconut Milk. Add your sweetener, I used raw honey.  Did you know raw honey is favoured for its easy digestion for people with gut problems?  That’s all of the ingredients.  Next you bring to a boil, lower heat to medium but still maintain a boil, stir continuously, wait for it to thicken and turn a light brown colour.  It takes about 20 minutes.  Don’t panic if a skin forms.  Use immediately or store in the fridge.  If you store the mixture in the fridge it will separate a little.  Shake or stir before use.

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Dairy Free Condensed Milk Ingredients:

How to make Dairy Free Condensed Milk:

Place the ingredients in a medium pot. Turn the heat to boiling.

Once it starts boiling turn the heat down a little to medium but still maintaining a boil.

Stir continuously for about 15-20 minutes.

The mixture will thicken slightly and turn a light brown.

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Dairy Free Condensed Milk Recipe

Yield: Makes about 1 1/3 cups of dairy free condensed milk.

Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk


  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (14 oz)
  • ¼ cup raw honey, (60 mL)


  1. Place the ingredients in a medium pot. Turn the heat to boiling.
  2. Once it starts boiling turn the heat down a little to medium but still maintaining a boil.
  3. Stir continuously for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. The mixture will thicken slightly and turn a light brown.

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  1. Can you replace the honey with stevia or another natural sugar free sweetener?.

    1. I don’t think it would turn out as well. I don’t use stevia so I honestly don’t know how well it works when swapping it for raw honey.

  2. I’ve read that this substitute won’t work in no-bake cheesecakes like the famous sweetened condensed milk one, because those rely on the lemon juice and dairy reacting to curdle and thicken. Have you used this in baking to see if it sets up as well? Thanks!

    1. I use it for baking. Why would you use a dairy-free sweetened condensed milk in a dairy cheesecake? If you are going to make cheesecake with cream cheese I would suggest you make a dairy based condensed milk.

  3. Will this work in pumpkin pie and can Sucralose be used instead of sugar?
    I have a relative who is pre-diabetic and both lactose and gluten allergic and she always wants to “taste” the pies I make.

    1. I’m sorry but I don’t know. You would have to try it out yourself.

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