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If you need a super easy dairy-free or vegan sweetened condensed milk recipe, I have the perfect one for you! This recipe calls for only 2 ingredients.
Your favorite holiday or dessert recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk...but you don't eat dairy! What can you use?
Vegan sweetened condensed milk, of course.
Store-bought vegan sweetened condensed milk can be hard to come by (I usually buy it on Amazon.) Thankfully, it's pretty simple to make at home with a couple of basic ingredients and some simmering on the stove.
You only need 2 ingredients to make this sweetened condensed coconut milk.
- Coconut milk: Full-fat coconut milk in the can (this is typically found in the "International" aisle in the grocery store.) You need the higher fat content to produce a creamy and thick condensed milk, so don't use lite coconut milk or the kind that comes in a carton.
- Sugar: White granulated sugar. Keep in mind that organic sugar is not perfectly white because of the difference in processing, so expect an off-white end result.
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The method is super basic: bring the coconut milk and sugar to a boil, then let simmer for 40-45 minutes (or until the milk has reduced by about half.) It will have a consistency just like traditional sweetened condensed milk once it is cooled to room temperature.
Coconut milk in a carton will not work for this recipe - full-fat canned coconut milk is essential to getting that perfectly sticky sweet texture and consistency.
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Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 (13.6-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- In a pot on medium heat, bring the coconut milk and the sugar to a boil. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn't boil over.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 40-45 minutes (until liquid is reduced by about half.)
- Stir or whisk every 5 minutes or so.
- Remove from heat and let cool (it will get even thicker as it cools.)
- Store in fridge for up to 10 days.