My vegan condensed milk is a snap to make; use it to make burfi or other mithai, coconut macaroons, or in any recipe where you’d usually use dairy condensed milk to give a sweet, creamy, richness.
When I was a child, my gran used to make me condensed milk sandwiches - all I can remember of them is that they were gooey and sweet, and that they always used to collapse, and I'd end up in a horrible, sticky mess! I really don't remember being overly fond of them. But I loved spooning condensed milk straight out of the tin.
Guess what I love doing now?
Yep - coconut condensed milk is a thing of wonder... the wonder being that I can actually stop myself before the entire batch is gone!
Fortunately, it's really easy to make, so if
accidental nomming culinary research happens, it's no trouble to rustle up some more.
If you like these vegan condensed milk recipes, you'll love these other sweet treats!
Vegan Condensed Milk
- easy to make
- rich and sweet
Whichever way you make this condensed milk, I'm pretty sure that you'll love it. Enjoy!
Two Ways To Make Vegan Condensed Milk: Cooked Version
- 400 ml can of coconut milk
- 75 g palm sugar
- Put the coconut milk and sugar into a heavy-based pan over a medium heat, and bring to the boil, whisking until the sugar has dissolved.
- As soon as the milk has reached boiling point, reduce the heat to its lowest setting.
- Simmer for an hour or so, stirring occasionally, until the milk has reduced by about half, and reached a thick consistency.
- Once it's reached your desired thickness, remove from the heat, and whisk once more.
- Pour into a sterilised glass jar, allow to cool a little, then put the lid on. Store in the 'fridge for up to a month.
- 1 cup = US cup = 240 ml
- 1 tablespoon = US/UK = 15 ml
- 1 fl oz = US = 30 ml
Two Ways To Make Vegan Condensed Milk: No-Cook Version
- 150 g coconut milk powder
- 150 g palm sugar
- 120 ml warm water
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- Dash sea salt to taste
- Add all the ingredients to a blender jar, and blitz on high speed for 2-3 minutes, until you have thick, sweet, goopy, condensed milk.
- Use as you would dairy condensed milk.
- This will keep in the 'fridge for up to two weeks if stored in an airtight jar.
- 1 cup = US cup = 240 ml
- 1 tablespoon = US/UK = 15 ml
- 1 fl oz = US = 30 ml
Hello! Does oatmilk work in this recipe? Im not a huge fan of the taste of coconut and i know oatmilk is really creamy
I'm not sure, TBH. I haven't tried making it with oat milk but it might. As you say, it's very creamy. The cooked condensed milk doesn't taste of coconut though, if that helps! Do let me know how you get on with the oat milk. I may well try it myself, too! xx
i'm excited to try this! do you use fullfat cocnut mulk rom the can? fat & all? if I use carton coconut milk, would thayt work?
Yep, canned full fat coconut milk (sometimes called coconut cream) - everything that's in the can! If by cartons of coconut milk you mean like these ones from Aroy-D, then yes, absolutely. If you mean the stuff that's labelled 'coconut milk drink', such as the So Delicious one, and comes in 1 litre (32 oz) cartons, then noooo.. don't use that! Ha ha! Enjoy! xx
stephanie lucas sharim
Excellent! Can't wait to try it:
A question before: Did the milk has a high taste of coconut ?
The cooked one, not at all, Stephanie - it just tastes deliciously sweet! The other one has a slight coconut flavour. xx
Could I use rapadura sugar instead of coconut sugar? Obviously, this will change the colour to a more caramel hue - would I be right in thinkin it may also give it a caramel taste? This would cut down on the possible uses of the condensed milk ... but might work with your nutella liqueur!!
Yep, rapadura/jaggery will be fine, and yes, you're right, it will impart a bit of a caramel flavour but not much. More like added richness, really. Great idea to try it with the nutella liqueur, thank you! xx
Hi. Can cane sugar be used instead?
It can indeed, Bella! xx
Is there a difference between coconut sugar and coconut palm sugar?
Nope, same stuff! But... palm sugar and coconut sugar are different; palm sugar is made from the sap of the date palm, while coconut sugar is made from sap harvested from the base of the coconut inflorescence.
This sap can also be left for a few hours to ferment, which results in toddy, a mildly alcoholic beverage (hence the coconut palm is called a toddy palm in southern India!). If left to ferment for longer it can be used in cooking, and even longer to make toddy vinegar.
I've amended my recipes to make this clearer - thanks for flagging it up! xx
Can't wait to try, I'm going to make my nanas banoffee pie I've missed this so much since being vegan.
True confession - I've never, ever made banoffee pie. Another true confession... I've only ever had it once! I really hope your version of your gran's one has turned out well! xx
THis is so clever! Does it freeze ok?
Hi Suzanne! I have never tried to freeze it (it's never around long enough!) but if you do, please come back and let me know! xx
Today I’m going to try to create a Pumpkin Spice Creamer.....optimistic about this one! Thanks for sharing
Ooh, that sounds fab - hope it all goes well, Shari! xx
Pleeease tell me: does the No-Cook Version looks exactly like the photo besides the recipe? If it does, I'm gonna have to do it!!! Hahaha
It does indeed - why would it not?! LOL! xx
Because I've never seen a vegan condensed milk that looked like the not vegan ones hahah :O Loved it, thank you for the recipe and for the reply!
LOLOL... that's because you've been looking in the wrong places! :-p Hope you love it! xx
I would make Vietnamese coffee hot and cold!!!
Can you estimate a volume measurement for the weights (e.g.1/4 Cup of sugar)? Thanks, I don’t have. A scale
Check out Gourmet Sleuth - they have conversion tools you can use! xx
In all honesty: I won't make anything from it. I will sneak into the kitchen and eat it right out of the container. Isn't that the thing you do with condensed milk? 😉
...Is the correct answer! 😉 xx
Sounds good, I'll have to try it. I will probably make my favorite cake called "tres leches," which is a spongecake soaked in "three milks." I do mine with a touch of coffee liquor and extract.
I've never had tres leches cake but I have to admit that yours sounds absolutely wonderful, Ariana - do let me know how you get on, won't you? xx
What a good idea! When I went dairy free, tres leches cake was (still is) one of the things I thought longingly of. Now I can make it again, woohoo! It sounds simply fabulous with that coffee flavor you mentioned.
Tres leches cake is something I've always thought looks and sounds delicious but have never ever tried; I hope the condensed milk works for you... please have a slice of cake for me! xx
Coconut sugar is quite expensive, would sugar be ok to substitute? What does coconut sugar taste like?
Sure, you could use ordinary granulated sugar instead! I prefer coconut sugar though, because it's not had its nutrients stripped out, and it has a lovely, almost caramel taste to it. But in all honesty, if you use granulated sugar instead, the condensed milk will still be epicly delicious! Enjoy! xx
I can now make my grandmother's fudge recipe again! I am dairy intolerant but I wasn't when I was growing up so I haven't had it in years!!
Oh, that's great news, Stacie... umm, about the fudge, not your dairy intolerance! Let me know how you get on with it, won't you? xx
I think I'll have to try this! The only time I use condensed milk is when I make a dessert from my childhood. My mom used to make us these yummy, cookie balls, just condensed milk, graham cracker crumbs, and chocolate chips. I rarely make them because they are so decadent and I try to make healthier choices 😉 , but I might have to make an exception to try out your recipe:)
Ooh, they sound lovely, Gina - do they have a name? 😉 xx
OMG - I am so glad I chanced upon this recipe! I wanted to make coconut laddoos for a dinner party but was hesitant because my friend is vegan. Now I can try it with your vegan condensed milk. Thank you so much!
What a good friend you are, Ang - I know I always really appreciate it when my friends and family make vegan food for me, and I bet your friend is too. Do let me know how the laddoos turn out, won't you? xx
How strong is the coconut flavor, or could I sub another non dairy milk? I'm not a big fan of coconut. :/
You can't really taste it, Cynthia. Cashew milk works well too, as does soy milk - in both cases, I've used sweetened varieties. I don't recommend rice milk though, as it's quite 'thin'-tasting. xx
OMG This makes me excited for making Vegan Arroz con Leche!! thanks for the inspiration.
I love rice pudding (especially kheer) but amato mio doesn't, so I never make it; however, now we've moved back to England, and will be near our granddaughter, I have a feeling I'll be making it a lot more now! xx
I'll take a Vietnamese coffee please.
Ooh, make that two, please, Remi! xx
I have a recipe I found on Pinterest for dairy free ice cream. It requires coconut sweetened condensed milk. This would be perfect if I wanted to make it homemade.
Absolutely, Kelly - it makes great ice cream! xx
I haven't tried recipe yet. I want to use it for vegan Bailey's Irish Cream. There is a store bought version, but it separates in coffee and looks terrible. If this condensed milk works, all I have to do is get the right egg replacer and I'll be good to go!
I had no idea that the store-bought version separates - how yucky! I make Thai tea (cha yen) a lot, and iced matcha tea, and I've never had separation. Why do you need to find an egg replacer for Bailey's? I've never used one! Check out my vegan Nutella liqueur - you might enjoy that one too! xx
Can you substitute stevia for the sugar?
I have never in my life used Stevia but I don't think it would work. Of course, you could experiment... after all, that's how I came up with these recipes in the first place! xx
Will definitely be using this for our no churn vegan ice cream base. Yum!
It does make a great base for ice cream! xx
OMG!! I’m so excited to try this. I’m lactose intolerant and allergic to gluten so I make homemade coffee creamer substituting coconut milk for the milk and had been wishing that there was a substitute for the condensed milk. Thank you thank you. Can’t wait to try.
Oh, you are so welcome, Alice - I really hope you love it... although, do beware that it's rather more-ish if you decided to try 'just one little spoon'! Ha ha! xx
I love pumpkin pie, and this would make it one more step healthier! I usually make it "crustless".
What a great idea, Jill! xx
Wow! Instant vegan condensed milk. What a brilliant idea. I have to try it. Have you tried boiling it to make caramel like regular condensed milk? In my country you can buy cans of condensed milk already made into caramel and I used to love just eating it with a spoon.
I haven't, Natasha... but I do make a mean miso caramel sauce and a fantastic salted caramel!
I just looked at your website - so gorgeous. I love those illustrations! xx
Did I miss something? You say "two ways," but I see only one! I'll have to try this for non-dairy baking.
No Jessica, you did not - I'm an idiot! I was doing some tidying up, and must have deleted it by accident. Now I need to go back and check other posts which have multiple recipes! Thanks for letting me know! xx
Hi there. Is it possible to substitute maple syrup for the coconut palm sugar or will it not work?
Hi Heather! To be honest, I have absolutely no idea! In theory, it should work, flavour-wise but I'm not sure whether it would reach the desired consistency. If you give it a go, please come back and let me know. xx
It looks just like the traditional condensed milk! I don't often use condensed milk but I did recently make some fantastic Bailey's ice cream with it thanks to a recipe on The Gluten Free Alchemist. Such a shame for you that Bailey's isn't vegan as I'd highly recommend it! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice.
I make my own vegan Bailey's Corina, so I'll check out TGFA's recipe - thanks for the heads-up! xx
Midge @Peachicks' Bakery
Wow! This looks amazing definitely pinning for later! Thanks for sharing x
Thanks Midge - hope you like it! xx
Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
Oooh yum, this sounds so indulgent! x
It is, Kirsty... so very yum too! xx
I have never tried or used condensed milk but it sounds delicious. Could this be used as icing on cakes?
I haven't tried, Yeukai but if you were to condense it down even further, it might work - maybe so it's halfway between condensed milk and burfi. If you try it, please let me know! xx
haha, I'm pretty sure that's going to happen to me too! Wondering if I have enough self control, or not! (the answer is no) 🙂
This looks smashing! It's SO smooth, and the photo's are so welcoming Nico!
Hmmm, how should I eat this? I'm thinking to dunk a double chocolate cookie in it. That should totally satisfy my sweet tooth! Or use it as a fondue!! Ooh... 🙂
Ha ha ha, funny you should say about the fondue, Elinor - I used some of it to make mango and sticky rice yesterday, and 'research' happened! xx
Amber | Quite Good Food
Why had it never occurred to me that vegan condensed milk could even be a thing?! Hello russian fudge. This looks so delicious, thank you!
Probably for the same reason that making fudge with it has never occurred to me, Amber... until now. Muahahahaaaaa! xx
Hi! Can I sub coconut milk powder with coconut milk/cream?
Absolutely, Tanya, but you'll have to cook it down in order to condense and thicken it. I've just updated the post with a second recipe for you. Do let me know how it turns out! x
I love your website. I love your recipes. Thanks for sharing them. 😉
Thanks so much, Silvia - I'm so glad you like what I do. I really do appreciate you taking the time to let me know! xx