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.


  1. Jestin S Larson on

    I have a quick fudge recipe that requires sweetened condensed milk. I am severely lactose intolerant, so was wondering if this would work.

  2. Can I just say you cannot have GMO free canola oil. Canola is a completely GMO plant it is factory grown and harvested,the seeds are then shipped out to famers and cannot be harvest for for seed the next. Also none GMO suff is just a lie it is packed in the same factory as regular products, they are just marking up the prices and swindeling you. Otherwise fantasic recipe

    • Thank you for sharing your feedback and I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! You are welcome to use any neutral-tasting oil. I typically use grapeseed oil or extra-light olive oil for this recipe, but like to offer other options that people usually have on hand.

  3. Hi Alisa,

    Do you think I can use brown rice flour instead of rice milk powder? The rice milk powder is expensive for me and I can’t have soy and dont like the taste of coconut in all of the foods I make.

  4. The 1st attempt at this is came out very very thick! Any suggestion? I am really hoping I can get this to turn out as I would love to use it in a few of my favorite desserts and I cannot use other non dairy sweetened condensed milk as most are made with coconut and I have a coconut allergy!!

    • Hi Cynthia, the thickness can vary based on the type of dairy-free milk powder you use (they all vary a bit). You can simply add more liquid (water or dairy-free milk beverage) until it reaches the consistency of sweetened condensed milk.

      • Thank you for replying I will attempt it again hopefully it turns out this time! I really would love for this to be an option in a few recipes I have. I am having a very difficult time finding rice milk powder I had to use soy pretty pricey too. Off I go to try again!

  5. Yikes! That is very odd. You didn’t cook it, just blended it, correct? It must have had something to do with the dairy-free milk powder used. We’ve used a few different ones and never had that problem. I’m glad it worked out for you, but odd that you needed to add so much water.

  6. Following your instructions I found I needed to use at least twice the amount of liquid otherwise it was the consistency of a ball of raw pastry! Any idea why?

  7. Would this work if you want to make easy vegan banana pudding instead of eagle brand condensed milk, made with cow milk?

  8. Can this be substituted for condensed milk in cooking? I make a simple chocolate candy recipe with semi-sweet chocolate and condensed milk but I need to make it dairy-free…?

    • It would really depend on the sweetener. If you mean coconut sugar, definitely. If you are talking about a stevia blend, it would be harder to say without testing.

  9. Hi Amazing it even tastes like condensed milk. I couldn’t get the rice vanilla milk powder where I live and needed it now so couldn’t order online so I used coconut milk powder it worked great ( has a slight coconut flavour I needed it for a slice so that didn’t matter) I was skepitcal at first but pleasantly surprised Thanks so much.

  10. Sorry, just a quick question as I want to try this recipe!

    The links to dairy-free vanilla milk powder & vanilla rice milk drink are broken, so I cannot check exactly what they are (being in the UK means I need to find local versions of these things).

    Is the first ingredient line saying 2 cups of powder and 2 tablespoons of liquid (milk drink)?

    If so, when does the liquid go into the blender?
    And if not, when does the 2 tablespoons of powder get added?

    • Hi Jo, yes, they’ve discontinued that product, but may bring it back. I’m going to test with another dairy-free milk powder soon, but I believe you do have some options in the UK.
      The first ingredient is 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of milk powder (it’s dry). I think you may have read the recipe a little too quickly 🙂 Just read it through carefully, you’ll see what ingredients and when they are added.

  11. Have you heard of these new products? I just foudn them last week on

    Nature’s Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk, 11.25 Ounce (Pack of 6)
    from Nature’s Charm
    Coconut Milk (Coconut Cream, Filtered Water), Cane Sugar, Salt
    ASIN: B00XV44EZY
    UPC: 093856992193
    Nature’s Charm Evaporated Coconut Milk 12.2oz (Pack of 6)
    from Nature’s Charm
    Coconut milk (coconut cream, filtered water) , coconut palm sugar, guar gum,salt.
    ASIN: B015YE8SSM
    Coconut Cloud Non Dairy Coffee Creamer
    from Coconut Cloud
    Non-GMO Coconut Cream Powder (Coconut Cream, Tapioca Syrup, Less than 2% of Dipotassium Phosphate), Non-GMO Rice Starch
    UPC: 019962703331

    Thanks for all you so very helpful information on products!

  12. I never leave comments but I have to on this one !!! This was absolutely amazing. I used vanilla protein powder for milk powder, this is so much better than any condensed milk! Thank you so much for sharing.

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