Instant Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk Alternative


This dairy-free sweetened condensed milk is another fun, helpful, shortcut recipe that I created for Growing Naturals. Unfortunately, they discontinued their rice milk powder line. However, you can still buy rice milk powder from Namaste Foods, Essona Organics, and Better Than Milk. Soy milk powder may also work well, and readers have said that dairy-free coconut milk powder works, too.

Yes, it really is instant. Just 5 basic ingredients, 5 minutes, and a blender is all that stands between you and dairy-free sweetened condensed milk.

Alisa's Instant Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk Alternative Recipe (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free)

This luxurious no-cook, dairy-free recipe can be used as a 1:1 replacement for 1 can of sweetened condensed milk in recipes. And with the ingredients that I use, it is a top allergen-free and vegan substitute, too.

Alisa's Instant Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk Alternative Recipe (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free)

Special Diet Notes & Options: Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and generally food allergy-friendly.

Sweetener options: This recipe for dairy-free sweetened condensed milk really does work best with regular or organic white sugar. For a more caramel-like flavor, coconut sugar can be substituted. I do not recommend date sugar (and most likely maple sugar), which yielded a mixture that was way too thick.

I’m sharing this recipe on Shirley’s Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free Easily and Allergy-Free Wednesdays at Whole New Mom!

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Instant Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk Alternative
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Serves: Makes approximately 14 ounces
  1. Place the rice milk powder and sugar in your blender.Whiz the ingredients for about 30 seconds, or until powdered.
  2. Add the water, oil, and salt to your blender and blend for 2 minutes, or until thick and creamy.
  3. Use as a substitute for sweetened condensed milk in recipes!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Hi.. when someone asked about using this in a cooked frosting you said not to cook it.. so what do you use this for? The recipes I’ve seen for sweetened condensed milk all require cooking.. like fudge or seven layer bars. It can’t be used that way?

    • Hi Shelly, I didn’t say it wouldn’t work, I just said I’m not sure about further boiling this one down as I haven’t tested it, and have only tested frosting with my main condensed coconut milk recipe. This works find in bars and such.

      • I’ve tested with coconut milk powder, and it works well, but the amount of powder you use is a little different. The recipe for that one is in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. You can add the coconut milk powder as needed to this recipe – you might need to make some ratio adjustments to get it just right. I haven’t tested with soymilk powder.

    • I have a Margarita Pie that needed limes, sweetened condensed milk and non-dairy whip topping, mmmm so yummy. Also, makes a great pretzel dip.

  3. Hi, just wondering if you can use Lactose free milk instead of the milk powder for you sweetened condensed milk recipe? As we are very limited at our local supermarket.

    Renae ?

    • Hi Renae, this is a powder base recipe, so it would have to be a lactose-free milk powder – just subbing in milk won’t work. Otherwise, I would use one of my other recipes that does use a liquid as the starter.

  4. Hi, this recipe looks great! I’m looking to use it as a substitute for condensed milk in a frosting recipe, in which it will be heated with melted chocolate. Would this work, or would the cooked coconut milk replacement work better in your opinion?


  5. I know I am a bit late to the party here, but am doing a cooking activity with a dairy-free cub scout and was wondering if this could be made with coconut milk powder and a dash of vanilla? I don’t have the need for a large amount of rice or soy milk powder…

    • Yes, I believe so though I haven’t tested. But note that most brands of coconut milk powder are not dairy-free – they contain caseinate. Let’s do coconut / Edward & Sons is the only brand I’ve found in the US to be dairy-free.

  6. Hi, do you think I’m able to substitute this recipe to replace condensed milk when making vanilla ice cream? I’m looking for an all natural dairy free alternative. Also what can I replace for the rice milk powder? Thanks!

      • You told Karen on June 16, 2015 that 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla replaces 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of dairy-free vanilla rice milk powder? That doesn’t seem to make sense to me. Am I not reading this correctly?

        • That’s the amount I would initially test to replace the vanilla flavor with as sweetened condensed milk isn’t overtly vanilla in flavor. But you can certainly add more if you wish! Karen was just asking about the vanilla aspect, if she didn’t have a “vanilla” dairy-free milk powder. The vanilla isn’t to replace the dairy-free milk powder itself – just in case that’s what you’re asking! It’s vanilla + plain dairy-free milk powder.

  7. Thanks for your website. I stumbled on it by accident, but you led me to a place I can get non-dairy powdered milk that’s soy free! Thanks a Million!

  8. omg! I can’t wait to try this! I’ve always loved Vietnamese iced coffee of which a major component is sweetened condensed milk. But since going plant-based that’s not an option. So I just saw your website and I can’t wait to try it. thanks!

  9. Wow! this recipe is a stunning duplicate of sweetened condensed milk. However, it did NOT work in my Key Lime Pie recipe. Just a basic filling made with egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and lime peel. Any suggestions?? Thanks!

  10. Callum wants me to make Hello Dollies and I normally do the coconut milk method, but this Christmas I’m all about instant and easy! I’m on the lookout for Rice Milk powder!!! Thanks Alisa.

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  13. Hi,
    I’m so excited to try this and to get the discount on the Growing Naturals rice drink. Did anyone else only get a 25% discount with that coupon code instead of 40%? I think they may have made a mistake with the code.

  14. Hi Alisa,
    I am a huge Starbucks coffee drinker and have been trying to come up with a homemade non-dairy version of their “white mocha” flavor syrup (which contains condensed milk). Until now I have not been able to find a good recipe anywhere for dairy-free condensed milk.. I am so excited to try this! My question to you is, how long would you say one batch of your recipe would keep in the refrigerator? I may have to make smaller weekly batches but it’s worth it to finally have the option to make my dairy free White Mocha lattes at home! 🙂

    • Hi Barbara – another dairy-free milk powder might work (perhaps soymilk powder is available in your area?). I haven’t tested it with protein powders as of yet. Otherwise, though it isn’t instant, the sweetened condensed milk alternative in Go Dairy Free is amazing and uses coconut milk.

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