Making your own creamy vegan condensed milk at home couldn't be much easier. This recipe only requires two ingredients and it also takes less than 30 minutes to make. This homemade condensed milk is fresh and I prefer it to many of the store bought, dairy-free varieties.
You can use this sweetened plant-based milk for so many different things. For example, you use it inside hot drinks such as lattes, coffees and hot chocolates instead of regular sugar or you can pour it on top of some dairy-free ice cream. There are so many options!
You also need to try my vegan dulce de leche caramel recipe which follows a very similar process but instead of dairy-free condensed milk you end up with a thick and gooey caramel!
Why You Will Love This Condensed Milk
- Perfect Sweetness - This vegan condensed milk has a beautiful sweetness about it but at the same time, it isn't overwhelmingly sweet. It has a perfect balance about it and I can't wait for you to try it!
- Versatile - One of my favorite things about it is that you can add it to so many other things. So far, I've had it on top of my vegan chocolate baked oatmeal, my vegan high protein banana pancakes, as well as inside my coffee and also as a filling for some cakes. The sky is the limit with this vegan condensed milk. It's so versatile.
- Few Ingredients - In fact, there are only two ingredients that you will need for this recipe. Coconut cream and granulated sugar. That's it! Who would have thought that just a couple of ingredients could create something so creamy and delicious?
- Allergy Friendly & Plant Based - This vegan condensed milk recipe is completely vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
- Coconut cream - This is the same thing as the cream inside a coconut milk can. However coconut cream is different from products which are labelled as 'creamed coconut'. Don't use creamed coconut. Find a product named coconut cream or coconut milk when you're buying it. Coconut cream has worked perfectly for so many of my recipes such as, my vegan coconut whipped cream and vegan banoffee bars. It's so versatile.
- Granulated sugar - This type of sugar gives the condensed milk the perfect amount of sweetness in comparison to other kinds. If you want to replicate and create a copycat version of a non-vegan version of condensed milk, this is the sugar you want to use.
See recipe card for full information on individual ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
- Although I haven't tested this too many times, it is possible to make this condensed milk healthier by swapping out the granulated sugar for coconut sugar. Use the same amount of coconut sugar and follow the same instructions. The condensed milk will be a golden color, instead of the usual white but it'll taste the same.
- You can make the condensed milk thicker. When you first make it, the consistency will be quite runny, just like the caramel in my vegan salted caramel cheesecake is before refrigeration. It will thicken while cooling and also inside the fridge but you can also thicken it by placing it into the microwave for a few seconds at a time. Keep checking on it so that it doesn't over-cook.
How To Make Vegan Condensed Milk
For the full method, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
1: Mix together the coconut cream and the granulated sugar.
2: Bring the mixture to the boil.
3: Continue to simmer until it has thickened a little.
Don't make the milk too thick - You can totally thicken the condensed milk through heating or cooling but make sure that it doesn't become too thick. You don't want the sweetened condensed milk to become so thick that your can't pour it. If this happens, add a teaspoon of hot water and stir. The consistency should then become pourable.
Don't over-heat the condensed milk - This recipe recommends that on the stove, you should cook the condensed milk over a low heat. You want the mixture to reduce by half but if you have the heat too high, the condensed milk will evaporate too much and hardly any will remain.
Usually, store-bought condensed milk is not vegan as it contains dairy products such as, cows milk. This recipe is 100% vegan and there are vegan alternatives in stores too.
You can make your own vegan evaporated milk and add sugar to it. This will give you a similar outcome.
Store this condensed milk in the fridge for up to 1 week. It will thicken so stir in hot water a drop at a time when you are ready to use it.
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Easy Vegan Condensed Milk (2-Ingredients)
- 360 g coconut cream* see notes
- 100 g granulated sugar
Make the condensed milk:
- In a saucepan, add the coconut cream and granulated sugar and mix to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat and bring to a simmer over a low heat for 20-25 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes. The condensed milk mixture with reduce by half.
- Remove from the heat. The condensed milk will thicken a little more as it cools. After it cools you can optionally place it into the fridge to thicken much more or save it for later.
- See my tips if you want to know how to make chilled condensed milk thin again.
- You can totally thicken the condensed milk through heating or cooling but make sure that it doesn't become too thick. You don't want the sweetened condensed milk to become so thick that your can't pour it. If this happens, add a teaspoon of hot water and stir. The consistency should then become pourable.
- This recipe recommends that on the stove, you should cook the condensed milk over a low heat. You want the mixture to reduce by half but if you have the heat too high, the condensed milk will evaporate too much and hardly any will remain.