Sweetened Condensed Milk I


Special Diet Notes: Sweetened Condensed Milk

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, optionally grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Sweetened Condensed Milk I
  • 3 cups soy or rice milk
  • Β½ cup white sugar (try evaporated cane sugar for more nutrients)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  1. Add the soy or rice milk and the sugar to a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until volume is reduced to 1 cup. Add a few drops of vanilla to taste, and a pinch of salt. Cool before using. May be stored in the refrigerator.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, 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.


    • I would use the one in Go Dairy Free the book, made with coconut milk, I’m not sure this version would be rich enough – it would be like a light / fat free sweetened condensed milk.

  1. Janet C Fowler on

    I’d like to ask if you could add a thickener to this recipe if needed? Also I did buy your book and the product Mimic Creme is not produced anymore that I can find, and was wondering if you know of a replacement for this? Thank you.

    • Hi Janet, yes alas they have closed their doors. There isn’t a nut-based one that has replaced it. Rich Whip is still sold though I’ve never been able to locate it (not sold in my region) and it is soy-based and made with less natural ingredients.

      As for this recipe, I recommend the one made with coconut milk in my book most for a truly spot on and thick result. With this one, you could add thickener, but it may not prove as creamy.

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  3. Hi Alisa! I am trying to make a dairy free coffee creamer. The recipe for making your own coffee creamer calls for sweetened condensed milk. I do not like the taste of coconut, so I do not think I could just use the canned coconut milk. Could I use almond milk instead of soy/rice? Or does the coconut milk not have too much of a coconut flavor?


  4. This was a great replacement! Thank you! I made raw cookie dough with it that was eatable! No egg! Thanks again. Check it out at glutenfreeskinny.net

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  7. Alisa,
    Have you tried to make Dulce de leche with this sweetened condensed milk? I made an easy dulche de leche ice cream for a picnic yesterday. And I was asked whether I knew of a dairy free recipe. I’m assuming I might need an icecream maker for it. I didn’t need one for the one with dairy. Just a decent mixer.

    • Hi Dana, I haven’t tried dulce de leche with this recipe. I prefer an ice cream maker, but non-dairy ice cream can be made using the same processes as dairy-based.

  8. Hi Alisa,
    I just wanted you to know that I made this and it worked wonderfully (the fudge was pretty Awesome to) and that I’m so glad this website is here and I owe it all to you thanks!

  9. thanks for the advice I’m probably going to use the canned coconut milk it’s just that I had second thoughts sense you said it might be a bit richer than the other the carton milk.

  10. hi Alisa,
    I’m thinking about making this dairy free sweetened condensed milk (yikes that a mouthful) because I’m dairy free but I plan on using it for a fudge recipe do you think it will work out? thanks,

  11. I am down to about 1 cup at this point and the mixture is not thickening. Any idea what’s going on? The consistency is not even close to that of condensed milk.. πŸ™

    • Dina, I’m so sorry this didn’t work out for you. I typically use the version in my book, which uses full-fat coconut milk and it comes out just like sweetened condensed milk. You may want to try that one. As for salvaging this recipe, adding a little flour and cooking will help to thicken gradually. I’ll test this recipe out myself again and see what I can come up with.

  12. Hi Alisa,

    Sorry for the confussion… I’ve had brain surgery so I may get my questions out wrong, sorry for that.

    Yes, I saw the recipe on the Go Dairy Free site. That’s where I found the recipe for evaporated milk and It’s the question that I was asking you on how to make it.
    Because it calls for 3 cups of either soy or rice milk.
    I was basically asking if I could sub out some SoDelicous coconut milk from the fridge instead of using canned coconut milk?
    I bought a can of Coconut Cream from Trader Joe’s and I don’t know what do with it? any suggestions?

    As for the pumpkin pie, I did make it using the canned coconut milk and I put in some extra spices, used coconut sugar (ground up) and put it in a pecan-coconut crust… it was sooooooo yummy!!! My friend who is not a crust fan or coconut fan, said it was the best pumpkin pie she’s ever had. Thank you for all the recipes πŸ™‚ I did a collaboration with some tweaking.

    • Michelle,

      You can use coconut milk beverage in place of soy or rice milk in most recipes. I wouldn’t use canned coconut milk when a recipe calls for soy or rice milk, as it will likely be too rich.

      So glad you enjoyed the pumpkin pie! You can make a whipped topping for it with the coconut cream.

  13. I don’t know if I already asked you these questions… lol my memory yikes! if I already have please disregard. I can’t have soy and I don’t like rice milk. So, I’ve seen canned coconut milk and refrigerated coconut milk. 3 cups of canned would be a lot!!!
    Anyway, which one is it?
    I noticed that you didn’t use this in your pumpkin pie recipe, is there a reason for that?
    I’m so frazzled with my 1st Thanksgiving having SO many restrictions… awwwww please help πŸ™‚

    • Hi Michelle,

      I’m a bit puzzled as to your question. As for the pumpkin pie recipe, I just use canned coconut milk – there’s no reason to take extra time to make a sweetened condensed milk. If you want to make coconut sweetened condensed milk for recipes, see the recipe in Go Dairy Free the book. It’s quite an easy one!

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