Growing up in Jamaica, condensed milk was a staple in our home, the sweetened, creamy, and thick liquid was used to sweeten our Cornmeal Porridge or Green Banana Porridge. I even enjoyed it on a thick slice of hot Jamaican hard dough bread.
My daughter recently called me while she was at the supermarket, she said, ‘mom guess what I found?’ I didn’t have a clue, after some wild guesses, she said she found Coconut Condensed Milk and Vegan evaporated milk.
After she brought home a few cans for Thanksgiving, I was determined to make my own vegan condensed milk recipe. I found that the condensed milk made with coconut milk and organic cane sugar resulted in the one closest to the kind I grew up with, so my focus for this post will be on this version.
What Is Condensed Milk?
Condensed milk is sweetened cow’s milk that has been boiled until most of the water content has evaporated leaving a thick liquid. Condensed milk is traditionally used to make desserts throughout the world.
Hence, vegan condensed milk is non-dairy milk like almond, coconut, oat milk that is sweetened and cooked until it has the same consistency as traditional condensed milk.
Vegan Condensed Milk Ingredients
The ingredients I used were coconut milk and sugar but actually, any sweetener can be used, whether it is coconut sugar, maple syrup, agave, or stevia.
Just remember the darker sweeteners like coconut sugar will result in a darker toned condensed milk.
Depending on what dessert you will be using your condensed milk in, you need to factor in the kind of sweetener you are going to use to prepare your condensed milk.
Can I Use Other Non-Dairy Milk To Make Condensed Milk?
Yes, you can use other non-dairy milk like almond, oat milk, soy milk, cashew, flax, hemp. Note that the result will be thinner than the one made with coconut milk. It will take longer for you to get the same thickness, you will need to cook it for longer.
Also, NOTE, that the color will be darker than condensed milk made with coconut milk. Therefore, I highly recommend you do the full-fat coconut milk version. Some non-dairy milk just has too much water and will take too long to thicken.
How To Make Vegan Condensed Milk
To make condensed milk
- Add coconut milk and sugar in a medium pot, make sure the pot is deep to prevent the boiling milk from spilling over.
- Stir the coconut milk and sugar to combine.
- Bring to a light simmer, you want to be stirring periodically, then reduce heat to simmer for 35-40 minutes or until the milk thickens.
- You can also add 1 teaspoon of vanilla for an extra boost in flavor.
Vegan Condensed Milk Tips And Tricks
- Make sure to use full-fat coconut milk for best results and thickness.
- Make sure you are attending to the pot when it is cooking, do not bring it to a full boil, it will form big bubbles that will continue to rise over the edges of the pot and spill over onto your stove. Instead, keep the simmer low and stir periodically.
- Some sugar crystals will gather on top of your condensed milk while it is simmering, use a spoon to scoop them off if you desire. Leaving the sugar crystals on top will not affect the taste of your milk but it will just have a gritty feeling in your mouth if you are eating it straight. If you are using the condensed milk in your recipes then leaving them is fine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Buy Vegan Condensed Milk?
Yes, there are actually many brands of sweetened condensed milk on the market. You can purchase vegan condensed milk online from Amazon, most major supermarkets, or health food stores.
What’s The Difference Between Sweetened Condensed Milk And Evaporated Milk?
My daughter also bought me vegan evaporated milk, the difference between both is the amount of sugar and their thickness. Condensed milk is basically sweetened and evaporated milk isn’t. Both of them have about 60 percent of their water content removed, however, condensed milk has about 40 percent sugar, the sugar results in thicker milk.
How To Store Coconut Condensed Milk?
Pour coconut condensed milk in a container with a tight-fitting lid, cool completely, and store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
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- Energy: 35 kcal / 146 kJ
- Fat: 2 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Carbs: 0 g
- Preparation: 5 min
- Cooking: 40 min
- Ready in: 45 min
- For: 8 Servings
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Add coconut milk and sugar in a medium pot. Stir the coconut milk and sugar to combine.
- Bring coconut milk mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring periodically. Simmer for 35-40 minutes or until the milk thickens. Add vanilla for a boost of flavor.
- Use your condensed milk immediately or store in a container with a tight-fitting lid and allow it to cool. Store it in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.