Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk

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This sweetened condensed coconut milk is a dairy-free, vegan alternative for regular sweetened condensed milk. You only need two ingredients!

If you’re vegan or dairy-free, I’m so excited to share that sweetened condensed coconut milk is a thing and it works great as an alternative for regular, dairy-based sweetened condensed milk. I discovered it a while ago when making my healthier magic cookie bars, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized there are so many ways to use it! With that, I figured I should share a full post about how to make your own sweetened condensed coconut milk instead of keeping it buried within the magic cookie bar post.

Jar of sweetened condensed coconut milk

Making homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk is super simple and only requires two ingredients = canned coconut milk and sugar.

Can of coconut milk and a measuring cup of sugar.

Here’s What You Need:

  • 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice = coconut sugar or cane sugar
Spoon drizzling thick and creamy sweetened condensed coconut milk.

How to Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk

Other than having to stay nearby the saucepan for about 45 minutes while the milk condenses, it’s really easy.

You’ll just add coconut milk and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat, mix together and bring to a low boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer rapidly for about 45 minutes. Make sure you stay nearby and stir frequently. Sometimes it might seem like the mixture is going to boil over. If this happens, remove the pan from the heat until the mixture goes down and reduce the heat before putting the pan back on the stovetop. Continue simmering until the mixture reduces by about half and is quite thick – it should end up being 3/4 cup of liquid. Remove from the heat and let it cool before using in any recipes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

Jar of sweetened condensed coconut milk.

What Can You Use Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk For?

You can use sweetened condensed coconut milk instead of sweetened condensed milk in a variety of dessert recipes – everything from fudge to macaroons to my healthy magic cookie bars. I have a couple recipes planned that use sweetened condensed coconut milk so keep your eyes peeled!

Glass jar of sweetened condensed coconut milk.

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Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk

This sweetened condensed coconut milk is a dairy-free, vegan alternative for regular sweetened condensed milk. You only need two ingredients!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 /4 cup

Ingredients  

  • 1 13.5 oz canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar or coconut sugar

Instructions 

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add coconut milk and sugar. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and let simmer rapidly for approximately 45 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • Keep simmering until the coconut milk mixture reduces by about half and is quite thick – you should end up with about 3/4 cup of liquid. Sometimes it might seem like the mixture is going to boil over. If this happens, remove the pan from the heat until the mixture goes down and reduce the heat before putting the pan back on the stovetop. 
  • Remove from the heat and let cool before using in a recipe or storing for later. For storage, place sweetened condensed milk in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

Notes

  • If you use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar, the sweetened condensed milk will have a darker color.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 10mg | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweetened condensed coconut milk
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Don’t have time to make your own sweetened condensed coconut milk? You can buy it from speciality grocery stores! There are a couple brands making it now including Let’s Do Organic! and Nature’s Charm.

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36 Comments

    1. Hi, Mary! You can definitely double the recipe. I’m not sure because I haven’t tried it yet, but it shouldn’t take any longer. I’d recommend keeping an eye on it and adding a few minutes at a time if you find it necessary. Let me know how it works out for you!

    1. Hi Anita, I’ve never tried it so I’m really not sure if it’d turn out the same. Let me know if you end up trying it.

    2. Anita,
      I’m going to use monk fruit sweetener. That’s what I use when I make regular dairy sweetened condensed milk and it comes out perfect!

    3. Just wondering if you used the monkfruit sweetener to make the sweetened condensed coconut milk. I am looking to make the almond coconut bars and need to stay away from refined sugars or natural sugars that affect GI levels.

      1. Great question. I haven’t tried making this with monkfruit but I think if you used a monkfruit granulated sugar it should work. If you try it, will you let us know how it turns out?

      2. 5 stars
        Yes, I used pure monk fruit (not cut with Erythritol or anything else). I used about 1 1/2 tsp of pure monk fruit in place of the 1/4 cup sugar. If you are using Lakanto monk fruit then it is 1:1 ratio….so you would use about 1/4 cup of lakanto monk fruit sweetener. Hope that all makes sense. To me monk fruit is sweeter so I always add a little, taste it, then add more if I need to. Hope that helps!

    1. Ohh I have not, but I bet it’s possible! I just haven’t tried it so am not 100% sure on the instructions. I’ll have to try this!

  1. I doubled the recipe and it never thickened even kept cooking it hoping it would thicken and after an hour and 45 minutes I gave up. Not sure where I went wrong it’s only two ingredients with clear instructions.

    1. Yay! I am so glad this recipe turned out great for you – thanks so much for sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

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