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

4 from 13 votes
This sweetened condensed coconut milk is a dairy-free, vegan alternative for regular sweetened condensed milk. You only need two ingredients!
Glass jar of sweetened condensed coconut milk.
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
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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    19 comments
    1. Bee
      December 23, 2020 AT 3:17 pm

      Hi! I’m wondering if I could use brown or refined sugar?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2020 AT 3:47 pm

        I haven’t tried it, but I bet it would work! You can also use coconut sugar. 🙂

    2. Amber
      December 20, 2020 AT 10:18 pm

      Sorry if this seems like a silly question, but would this be an equivalent for a can of dairy sweetened condensed milk? I am wanting to use it in a recipe, and wanted to make sure I had enough.

      Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2020 AT 11:31 pm

        Hey Amber – one 7.4oz sweetened condensed milk is about 3/4 cup.

    3. Kristina D
      December 9, 2020 AT 6:20 pm

      5 stars
      I made a double recipe to use in my pumpkin pie! It turned out perfect and added a wonderful sweet caramelized flavor. This recipe was super easy to follow and easy to do, I appreciate the warning that it could bubble over so to keep a close eye on it! Thanks again for another wonderful recipe and alternative to keep my holiday baking healthy!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2020 AT 12:15 am

        Oh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Kristina. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. 🙂

    4. Cindy
      November 25, 2020 AT 2:45 pm

      1 star
      Sadly, my condensed milk turned into caramel after 45 minutes at a rapid simmer… why? I think it was actually done at 20 minutes. But I keeptbgoing because that’s what the recipe said. 🙁

    5. 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. Toria
        October 30, 2020 AT 10:23 am

        Did you try it with monk fruit? If so, how did it turn out?

        1. Brittany
          February 17, 2021 AT 6:37 pm

          5 stars
          I used monkfruit sweetener in placement of actual sugar.
          I had to boil it for a bit longer, and I used 1cup of monkfruit to 1 can of coconut milk.
          If your using monkfruit, boil it for a bit longer than the recipe calls for, and let it sit after boiling for desired thickness to set.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            February 18, 2021 AT 2:09 pm

            Good to know about using monkfruit, Brittany. Thanks for coming back to share that with everyone. 🙂

      2. 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.

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