Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

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.

A spoon drips some vegan sweetened condensed milk over a pyrex measuring cup.

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.
  • Sugar
  • 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.
Ingredients like plant-based milk, sugar, and butter are lined up to make vegan sweetened condensed milk.

How to Make Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

  1. Combine the plant-based milk in a large microwave-safe bowl along with the corn starch, and sugar.
  2. Stir until there aren’t any lumps from the cornstarch.
  3. Microwave for about a minute and stir. Repeat this until the mixture is nice and thick, usually about 3 minutes.
  4. Use potholders to remove from the microwave.
  5. Stir in the vegan butter until smooth.
  6. Allow it to cool before covering and placing it in the fridge.

Marly’s Tips

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.

Storage Tips

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

A spoon pours sweetened condensed milk into a pyrex measuring dish, showing that it's still thin and not quite done.

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

Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

Learn how to make vegan condensed milk, with this quick, easy recipe with minimal ingredients. Use this dairy-free recipe in your desserts.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings per Batch
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plant-based milk vanilla flavored*
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter

Instructions

  • 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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Notes

* If you’re not using vanilla-flavored plant-based milk, just add 1 teaspoon vanilla to this mixture.
To make this on the stove-top, add the ingredients to a saucepan and stir. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer while stirring. Simmer for 1 – 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.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 212mg9%
Potassium 300mg9%
Carbohydrates 115g38%
Sugar 105g117%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 505IU10%
Calcium 300mg30%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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!

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Here are some vegan recipes that call for sweetened condensed milk:

Whatever bars you’re noshing on, enjoy!

15 Responses to Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLavues Reply

    Was looking for this, thanks for sharing this !

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      🙂

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCharlotte Reply

    I don’t eat refined white sugar. What can I substitute it with and still have this work?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You can use coconut sugar. It will be darker in color, but it should still work. You could also try using Stevia. I would probably cook it until thick and then add the Stevia to taste. Let me know how it goes!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyf nord

      Arrowrood performs virtually identically. Tapioca is, to me, a bit on the slimey side of mouth feel, same with kudzu.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyInes Reply

    I can’t handle any products made with corn. Would arrowroot or tapioca starch work? Or would more be needed like in some recipes? Thanks

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChelsea Reply

    Made this with canned coconut milk bc fam allergic to soy. This is amazing!! I used it to make a vegan allergy friendly chocolate fudge and it was AMAZING thanks so much!!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChealsea

      Quick note on prev comment:
      I’m allergic to corn so I subbed sweet potato starch and it worked perfectly!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChealsea Reply

    Quick note on prev comment:
    I’m allergic to corn so I subbed sweet potato starch and it worked perfectly!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCarleen Reply

    I love that this recipe does not use coconut milk or oil but can I make fudge with it? Thank you.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I have made fudge with it Carleen! Depending on your recipe, you may only use 1 cup of it, but it works. I agree, it is nice to have a version without coconut milk!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySamantha Reply

    Best and easiest recipe for this I have found. Thankyou!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Samantha! So glad you liked this vegan sweetened condensed milk recipe!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySydney Reply

    If I don’t microwave, can this be made on the stove?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Great question, Sydney! I added steps on the notes section of the recipe for stovetop!

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