Make this creamy Vegan Condensed Milk recipe to substitute for condensed milk in your favorite recipes, like fudge! Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk is easy to make even if you need it for recipe you’re making right now. It takes only minutes to make and then around 30 minutes to set.
Several of my recipes call for Vegan Sweetened 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.
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.
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.
Here are the reasons I took my time with this recipe:
- I needed a vegan replacement for condensed milk that would be like the kind you buy in cans and would firm up as its own layer in a baked good, like magic bars. Trust, me I tried a few different versions with varying degrees of results in this department.
- I also wanted something that wasn’t too difficult or time-intensive. The fact that we’re making our non dairy sweetened condensed milk from scratch is just another added step to a recipe, so I wanted it to be simple.
- It needed to be tasty and sweet, and not have some flavor that would overwhelm the recipe. I tried using coconut milk, for example, but found the results tasted too much like coconut. Go figure.
With these three goals in mind, I created this dairy free condensed milk recipe several years ago and it has been my go-to substitute for sweetened condensed milk ever since.
How to Make Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk
Wondering how to make vegan condensed milk? Well, all you have to do is look at that picture above. That’s all the ingredients involved in this recipe. Pretty simple, right? So that has number 2 from my list above covered.
Easy recipe? Check!
I use a vanilla-flavored soy milk so I don’t have to add vanilla to the recipe.
A note on milk: You can use a variety of plant-based milks in this recipe, including coconut milk. Truth be told, sweetened condensed coconut milk is great too!
To this, I added cornstarch as a thickener. I know a lot of recipes for homemade sweetened condensed milk will have you cook the milk down, but I’ve found that if I want to achieve #1 from my list above — one that would firm up as its own layer in desserts — the cornstarch added some additional structure.
What you do is basically combine the soy milk, sugar, and cornstarch in a large, microwaveable bowl and then microwave until it comes to a boil. Once this mixture thickens to my desired consistency, add the vegan butter, stir to combine and then, voila!
So, the first time you pull the Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk from the microwave to give it a stir, it will probably look like this. Nice and runny. But give it a few more turns in the microwave (or over the stove if that’s your preference), and it will thicken up nicely. I usually refrigerate it immediately afterwards 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.
See? It’s super easy to make.
Vegan Condensed Milk Recipes
Would you like to see some of my dairy free condensed milk in action?
Oh good. I thought you’d never ask! 🙂
Those are my Vegan Brownie Magic Bars. Look at that amazing, firm layer of sweetened condensed milk. Sweet!
This easy Vegan Fudge recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk. It creates a perfect texture and is deliciously sweet!
Enjoy the deliciousness of pumpkin magic bars with a crispy crust and tender, pumpkin filling. These bars are so easy to make and so delicious too!
These vegan Gluten Free Macaroons are made easy with dairy free sweetened condensed milk.
Vegan No Churn Ice Cream is made sweet with vegan condensed milk!
So that’s it for my recipe for Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk, and some supporting recipes to go with it!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
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.
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!