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Indulge in Sweetness without Dairy: Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

Updated: Jul 14

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For many people, sweetened condensed milk is a pantry staple that adds a rich and creamy touch to various desserts and beverages. However, for those following a dairy-free lifestyle or dealing with lactose intolerance, enjoying the decadent sweetness of traditional sweetened condensed milk can be a challenge. Fortunately, the rise in popularity of plant-based alternatives has given rise to a delightful solution: dairy-free sweetened condensed milk. In this blog post, we'll explore the wonders of dairy-free sweetened condensed milk and how it can be used to create mouthwatering dairy-free desserts.

Dairy-free sweetened condensed milk is a fantastic substitute for its traditional counterpart, as it provides the same creamy texture and sweet taste without any dairy content. It is typically made using plant-based milk, such as coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk, and sweetened with natural sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, or coconut sugar. This dairy-free alternative is perfect for those seeking a vegan or lactose-free option while still desiring the lusciousness of sweetened condensed milk.

How to Make Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk: Creating your own dairy-free sweetened condensed milk is surprisingly simple and allows you to customize the flavors to your liking.


  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)


  1. In a saucepan, combine the can of coconut milk and sugar over medium heat.

  2. Stir the mixture constantly until it reaches a gentle simmer.

  3. Reduce the heat to low and continue simmering, stirring occasionally, for about 60-90 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and reduced in volume by about half.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, if desired.

  5. Let the dairy-free sweetened condensed milk cool down before transferring it to a jar or airtight container for storage in the refrigerator.

Use this sweetened condensed milk to make ice cream, tres leches cake, flan, and sweet bread.


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