How to Make Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

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.

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

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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

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!

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

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!

Coconut Brownies
Enjoy these coconut brownies made with a dark chocolate brownie base, sweetened almond milk middle and dark chocolate chips and coconut topping.
Coconut Brownies Recipe
Coconut Brownies are stacked three high!

This easy Vegan Fudge recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk. It creates a perfect texture and is deliciously sweet!

Easy Vegan Chocolate Fudge
This is a super easy Vegan Fudge recipe! You'll love the silky-smooth chocolate pieces that results from this recipe. Make a batch and share it with friends and family! 
Easy Vegan Chocolate Fudge Recipe
A stack of three pieces of vegan fudge sit in front of more pieces.
Mini Magic Bars
Today I couldn’t resist the temptation to make mini individual serving-sized treats. Maybe that’s so it’s easier to have more than just one.
Mini Magic Bars Recipe
Mini Magic Bars are a vegan treat that taste so good, everyone will want one.

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!

Vegan Pumpkin Magic Bars
You may call them 7 layer bars, we call these Vegan Pumpkin Magic Bars ooey, gooey, and full of magical flavor! A vegan version of a classic recipe!
Vegan Pumpkin Magic Bars Recipe
Take a bite out of these crazy delicious Vegan Pumpkin Magic Bars. Vegan never tasted so good. Perfect for your holiday dessert table!

These vegan Gluten Free Macaroons are made easy with dairy free sweetened condensed milk.

Gluten Free Macaroons
You’ll love the chewy, tender cookie on the inside with the crunch of that crispy outer shell of these 4-ingredient gluten free macaroons.
Gluten Free Macaroons Recipe
Several gluten free macaroons sit on a wire rack, cooling after being baked.

Vegan No Churn Ice Cream is made sweet with vegan condensed milk!

No Churn Vegan Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Leave the ice cream maker at the store and dig into this bowl of No Churn Vegan Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, with less than 10 ingredients, and lots of flavor!
No Churn Vegan Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe
No Churn Vegan Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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

Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

Learn how to make Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk, with this quick, easy recipe with minimal ingredients. Use this dairy-free recipe in your desserts.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk
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.

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!

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15 Responses to How to Make Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

    • 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!

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

  1. 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

  2. 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!!

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

    • 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!

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