Make this creamy vegan condensed milk recipe to substitute for condensed milk in your favorite recipes, like vegan fudge! Vegan sweetened condensed milk is easy to make even if you need it for a recipe you’re making right now.
Several of my recipes call for vegan condensed milk and I realized that my process for making it is kind of unique, so I thought I’d share it with you. If you like some more vegan “how to” recipes, you should check out my post on How to Make Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream or How to Make Vegan Meringue. Good stuff.
Once I realized sweetened condensed milk wasn’t vegan, I sought about ways to create a non-dairy sweetened condensed milk. I’ve tried several different processes to make this recipe, and finally settled on this one.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Using cornstarch creates a thick vegan condensed milk that firms up as its own layer in baked goods, like magic bars
- Making this condensed milk from scratch is pretty easy, making it easy to adapt and use for your favorite recipes.
- Adding vegan butter adds a creamy texture and flavor that you’ll love.
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Plant-based milk — Use your favorite plant-based milk, such as soy milk or almond milk. It can be plain or vanilla-flavored.
- Cornstarch — condensed milk is thick, so we’ll use cornstarch as a quick way to make this vegan condensed milk thick too.
- Vegan butter — Adding a bit of vegan butter adds flavor.
How to Make Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Combine the plant-based milk in a large microwave-safe bowl along with the corn starch, and sugar.
- Stir until there aren’t any lumps from the cornstarch.
- Microwave for about a minute and stir. Repeat this until the mixture is nice and thick, usually about 3 minutes.
- Use potholders to remove from the microwave.
- Stir in the vegan butter until smooth.
- Allow it to cool before covering and placing it in the fridge.
To make this on the stove-top, add the ingredients to a saucepan and stir. Place the pan over medium heat and bring it to a simmer while stirring. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes until thickened.
If lumps form, simply place it in a blender. Once the mixture cools, place it in a container and refrigerate until chilled.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
Thick Condensed Milk
The first time you pull the vegan condensed milk from the microwave to give it a stir, it will probably look like this. Nice and runny.
After a couple of rounds in the microwave (or over the stove if that’s your preference), and it will thicken up nicely. I usually refrigerate it immediately afterward and then pour it over the recipe at the allotted time.
You know the dairy-free sweetened condensed milk is done when it’s thick, just like the regular kind.
Is condensed milk suitable for vegans?
Typical store-bought condensed milk is made with cow dairy and is therefore not suitable for vegans. However, there are now vegan condensed milk products available for purchase and great recipes for vegan condensed milk too.
Where can I buy vegan condensed milk?
You can buy dairy-free condensed milk in health food stores, and sometimes the health food and/or baking section at your local grocery store as well. If your store doesn’t carry it, be sure to ask them too. The more requests they receive, the more likely they are to carry it.
Vegan Condensed Milk Recipes
Would you like to see some of my dairy free condensed milk in action?
So that’s it for my recipe for vegan condensed milk, and some supporting recipes to go with it!
Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 cup plant-based milk vanilla flavored*
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter
- Combine the plant-based milk, corn starch, and sugar in a large, microwave-safe bowl.
- Stir until there aren’t any lumps from the corn starch.
- Microwave for about a minute and stir. Repeat this until the mixture is nice and thick, usually about 3 minutes. (see notes for stovetop instructions)
- Use potholders to remove from the microwave. Stir in the vegan butter until incorporated.
- Allow to cool before covering and placing in the fridge.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
See? Isn’t that just SO easy!
Here are some vegan recipes that call for sweetened condensed milk:
- Vegan Magic Cookie Bars by the Wanderlust Kitchen
- Paleo Magic Cookie Bars by Food Faith Fitness
- Vegan San Francisco Magical Coconut Bars by the PPK (Post Punk Kitchen)
- Vegan Mini Magic Bars by yours truly!
Whatever bars you’re noshing on, enjoy!