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This homemade dairy free condensed milk is the perfect substitute to use in all of your favorite baked goods. Just three ingredients!

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You can use honey for a natural form of sugar or regular sugar if you are vegan. They will both produce a delicious product.

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How to use this condensed milk

You can use this condensed milk in all of your favorite desserts, such as these homemade almond joy bars. Fudge, cakes, pies, like this pumpkin pie, ice cream and candies all use sweetened condensed milk. It is delicious used as a coffee or tea creamer.

This milk is perfect for baking like coconut cream pie, banana cream pie, seven layers bars, cheesecakes and dulce de leche cake.

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Which dairy free milk is best to use?

I have used almond milk, coconut milk and cashew milk. The one I liked the least was cashew milk. I found the flavor to be too strong.

Almond milk worked out great as far as flavor is concerned, the only drawback I see is the color. If you are making something that you want the color very white, it is not what you need.

Canned coconut milk makes a lovely white product. I would only use it for desserts that would benefit from a slight coconut flavor. In other words, I wouldn’t use it for pumpkin pie or something similar, although it might be good.

Any of these will produce a delicious, vegan sweetened condensed milk.

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What you need

  • dairy free milk product; almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk etc.
  • sugar, honey or other sugar substitute

How to make it

  1. Add milk substitute to medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil. Turn heat down to simmer. Simmer 30-90 minutes, stir or whisk every 5-10 minutes to avoid sticking, until volume is about halved, depending on how fast it’s simmering. The consistency should be quite thick, like traditional condensed milk.
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How to store vegan condensed milk

Store this condensed milk in the fridge. It will last about 10 days to two weeks.

This a a creamy a delicious vegan and dairy-free alternative to sweetened condensed milk.

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This dairy free sweetened condensed milk is so incredibly easy. And with only two ingredients, you too can enjoy all of the delicious sweet treats that are made with this milk!

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Dairy Free Condensed Milk

This homemade dairy free condensed milk is the perfect substitute to use in all of your favorite baked goods. Just three ingredients!
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Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 586kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $2



  • Add sugar, vanilla and almond milk to small saucepan.
  • Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Low simmer for 30-90 minutes until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. It should reduce by about half.
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For dairy free milk, use almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk. See post above for additional notes on which milk to use.
For sugar, use white sugar, raw sugar, agave, maple syrup for vegan options. Use honey for another natural sugar substitute if non-vegan.
Cook sauce until thick and reduce by about half. The sauce should coat the back of a spoon.
What to use this milk for;
  • Fudge
  • seven layer bars
  • almond joy bars
  • cakes
  • pies, like this pumpkin pie
  • ice cream
  • candies 


Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 135g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 651mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 134g | Calcium: 600mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I love this homemade recipe! So thick and flavorful. It’s a real game changer when cooking for friends and family that can’t have dairy.

  2. 5 stars
    I never realized how easy it was to make condensed milk! I am always struggling to find it around the holidays and am glad to have this on hand!

    1. I actually love it in fudge! It’s super delish. Just make you sure you let it cook down until it’s really thick!

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