Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk (Vegan)

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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If you try this sweetened condensed coconut milk , be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for me and other EBF readers who are planning to try the recipe. 

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Glass jar of sweetened condensed coconut milk.

Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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


Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0g

Keywords: sweetened condensed coconut milk

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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    9 comments
    1. ana
      September 14, 2020 AT 11:22 pm

      would love to try it but have no sugar around. Would it work with Xylitol or Monk Fruit sweetener?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 15, 2020 AT 3:05 pm

        Hey Ana – 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. Marie
      April 26, 2020 AT 9:36 am

      Made a double batch for the blondies recipe, I guess the cooking time depends on the type of pot I used… after reading the comments I made sure to measure the quantity I had left in the pot a couple times throughout to make sure it was ready. Turned out great after 65 minutes of simmering!

    3. Sir gurung
      April 25, 2020 AT 4:18 pm

      I had to try this after you posted!! And on my it was amazing, and tasted so much better than ordinary condensed milk!! Didn’t have the sickly taste at all. I adapted the steps to make it in my thermomix as I couldn’t be standing and stirring at the hob!! Love love love your recipes and I used it to make the coconut cookies

      1. Naomi
        June 24, 2020 AT 4:46 am

        Hi! I was thinking of trying this recipe in my Thermomix as well but I”m still not very good at ‘adapting’ regular recipes….how did you do it? did you use the butterfly whisk? Temp, speed and time? Thanks in advance!!

    4. Kara Gore
      April 20, 2020 AT 2:31 pm

      This is amazing! I’ve never found a substitute for sweetened condensed milk.
      Do you think it would work for making homemade ice cream too?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 20, 2020 AT 11:08 pm

        Ohh I haven’t tried it, but I bet it would! Let me know if you end up experimenting with it. 🙂

    5. Joe Seatt
      April 3, 2020 AT 12:09 pm

      Do you have any smoothie recommendations

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2020 AT 6:44 pm

        Hey Joe – I have a ton of smoothie recipes here.

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