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Vegan Condensed Milk

This easy homemade vegan condensed milk is made with just 2 main ingredients. Smooth, thick, creamy, and perfect for ice cream, baking, or serving in tea or coffee!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cook Time 1 hour
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 15 (450g)
Calories 136kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the coconut milk to a saucepan and place over medium heat. Whisk and continue to heat until it reaches a simmer.
  • Add in the sugar and whisk again to combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook for between 60 and 75 minutes. Stir the mixture every 10-15 minutes, and alternate between using a whisk and rubber spatula to make sure the mixture does not stick to the pan.
  • Once it's ready, the mixture will be thick and will have reduced by half its volume. You'll be able to draw a line with your spatula and the condensed milk will pull away from it (shown in the image in the blog post). The line will hold its form for a few seconds. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
  • Transfer the condensed milk to an airtight jar and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes before placing it in the fridge to chill for 2 hours before using. It will thicken once chilled.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Defrost in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for 2 hours and whisk well before use.

Notes

  • Some white sugar in the US is not vegan, if in doubt use organic sugar.
  • Use a good quality full-fat canned coconut milk such as Nature's Charm, Biona, or Aroy-D. In my experience, both of these brands yield a high coconut content as many others contain a lot of water.
  • You can use oat milk to make condensed milk, however it results in a much runnier consistency and darker color.

Nutrition

Serving: 30g | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 118mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg