Main image of Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk

50 min

Homemade staple


10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot


A lovely golden sweetened condensed milk, made with only two ingredients! When you've made this once, you'll most likely want to be having it every single day. Add it to warm or iced drinks, use it in baked goods, pour it onto ice cream... the options are endless!


(1 Tbsp per serving)


50 min


5 min


45 min

Free from

Soy symbol


Peanut symbol


Treenut symbol

tree nut

Sesame symbol


Gluten symbol



  • 1½ cups (360 mL)
    canned full-fat coconut milk*
  • ½ cup (100 g)
    cane sugar

Use this to make

Buy ingredients on AmazonFresh  



  1. Place a saucepan with a thick bottom** over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the coconut milk and sugar and bring it to a gentle boil, while stirring occasionally.
  3. Turn the heat to low, and let the milk very gently simmer for 45 minutes. Be careful to not let it simmer too aggressively. Give it a stir every 5 - 10 minutes. The mixture should reduce in volume by about half in that time.
  4. The condensed milk is ready when it has slightly thickened but is still pourable. When a spoon is dipped into the mixture, it should leave a thin layer on the spoon when the spoon is lifted out of the saucepan. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  5. Transfer the condensed coconut milk to a sterilized jar to fully cool off. Transfer to the fridge for at least one hour, it will thicken more in the fridge as it cools***. Enjoy!


  • * We recommend using a coconut milk can that has no emulsifier (such as guar gum) in the ingredient list. We've found this results in a condensed milk with a more desirable and homogeneous consistency.
  • ** A heavy-bottomed pot is thicker at the base and will absorb and distribute the heat more evenly. It is less prone to areas that heat more quickly, which means there is less chance the condensed milk will burn.
  • *** When you take it out of the fridge, you may notice your condensed milk is thinner or thicker than the one pictured. This is normal and may depend on different factors, such as the fat content of the coconut milk you've used, or the intensity at which the mixture was simmering on the stove. If your condensed milk is more thin or thick than pictured, not to worry as it will still be equally delicious!
  • The colour of the sweetened condensed milk will vary slightly depending on the colour of your sugar. If using white sugar, then the condensed milk will be a lighter colour. If using a golden raw sugar, the condensed milk will be more yellow in colour. Both are perfectly fine.


  • The sweetened condensed coconut milk can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Let us know what you think

Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

Show nutrition info  

Watch it step-by-step!

More for the eyes

image of image of image of image of image of image of image of

Discussion & Rating

Rate this post

Fathima - Aug. 27, 2021, 2:06 a.m.

Hi there, I have a quick question. Can I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk?

Thank you : )

PUL Team - Aug. 29, 2021, 1:07 a.m.

A lovely question, Fathima! We haven't had a chance to test it out although we imagine it would work. You could try adding water if the texture is too thick than desired. Do let us know how it goes if you test it out 😃

Morgan Ramos - Aug. 7, 2021, 2:42 a.m.

Oh I can't wait to make this! May have to turn some of it into dulce de leche :)

PUL Team - Aug. 7, 2021, 3:04 a.m.

Mmm, let us know how it goes, Morgan!

Emily - Aug. 5, 2021, 7:03 p.m.

We are on our 3rd batch of the condensed milk recipe, but this one has tons of fat floating on the top?? It is not incorporating into the mixture like before. Any tips?

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2021, 10:14 p.m.

Hi Emily, thanks for the question! How disappointing about the fat separation. Did you use coconut milk with an emulsifier (such as guar gum) in it? We recommend using a coconut milk can that has *no* emulsifier in the ingredient list as we've found it helps the consistency stay more desirable.

Another idea is coconut milk may be curdling. Ensuring the heat isn't too high (so keeping it at a lower simmer on the stove for less time if needed) and using a heavier bottom pan may help! Do let us know how it goes if you give the recipe another try 🤗

Myria - Aug. 4, 2021, 5:14 a.m.

I am going through all your iced coffee recipes and they are great.

I could only find coconut milk with guar gum but it came out fine 😊

Love the condensed milk and because I love the flavour of vanilla i added a tsp of vanilla sugar! Perfect!

Thank you

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2021, 5:18 a.m.

Hey Myria, thanks for sharing this! We're so happy to hear the recipe still worked out 😊

Myria - Aug. 12, 2021, 3:26 p.m.

Just thought I'd keep you updated, it seems that it depend on the other ingredients in the coconut milk as I've tried making it with a different brand and it was quite disgusting, definitely not the guar gum unless its the amount they put in the milk 🤷🏽‍♀️

Thanks again for all your great recipes ♥️

Rashi - Aug. 2, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

I made this today.
So creamy and delicious!
I had to be very careful with the temperature because a batch had curdled when I tried a few months ago.
But, it was a success today :)
I immediately made a cold coffee drink and a coffee-chocolate fudge with it. Smooth!

Thank you

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2021, 3:57 a.m.

Super glad it was a success this time, Rashi, thanks for sharing!

Gabrielle - July 27, 2021, 9:59 p.m.

Easy and very yummy!

Fanny - July 27, 2021, 6:29 p.m.

I was a huge fan of sweetened condensed milk, in another life, and I'm glad to be able to prepare a vegan version thanks to your recipe. Very easy to prepare, with only two ingredients (that are always in my pantry), and it tastes delicious. I'm sure it's awsome in a vegan chaï tea latte too.

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 4:08 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share the wonderful review with us, Fanny! Adding it to lattes is a lovely idea 🤤

Carin - July 26, 2021, 9:19 p.m.

Prepared the milk today for the first time in advance for the Iced Coffee recipe I plan to do tomorrow. Tried it today with some Ayurvedic tea, came out perfectly! Thank you :)

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 4:04 a.m.

So glad to hear! We hope you love the iced coffee, Carin ☺️

Maria - July 25, 2021, 9:59 p.m.

This was so easy to make and absolutely delicious 💕

Rachel - July 24, 2021, 11:32 p.m.

Delicious, easy, and perfect for recipes that require condensed milk!

CYRINE BOUSSETTA - July 24, 2021, 2:32 a.m.

I tried this and I loved it, It's my go too for my hot and cold coffee

Vivian H. - July 23, 2021, 11:11 a.m.

Thank you so much for this recipe - this is the best vegan condensed milk I've tried in a while!

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 6:27 p.m.

Such a huge compliment, Vivian, thank you!

Aida - July 23, 2021, 4:43 a.m.

Easy and straight forward!

Lia - July 15, 2021, 4:37 p.m.

So tasty!

Anushka Saksena - July 15, 2021, 1:39 p.m.

This is so delicious! I used Dark Brown Sugar to make this, as that was the only kind of sugar I had on hand an it came out amazing! I made some Vietnamese coffee with it, and my mum loved it. Thank you so much!

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:52 a.m.

Ooo thanks for the insight, Anushka, we're so glad to hear the recipe was enjoyed 🥳

Athy - July 14, 2021, 7:17 p.m.

This looks so amazing, cannot wait to try it! Thank you for posting this!!

Jenny - July 13, 2021, 9:47 a.m.

So delicious....I just have to try not to eat the whole lot at once straight from the jar!

John - July 12, 2021, 11:28 p.m.

I'm so excited to make this! I don't have a heavy bottom saucepan although I have a large enamel coated dutch oven.. but will try it on my stainless steel saucepan for now and see how it goes.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 1:25 a.m.

We hope you enjoy it, John! Let us know how it goes. It may be helpful to keep a closer eye on it in case it burns easily 🤗

Heather - July 11, 2021, 11:35 p.m.

So delicious! It came out perfectly.

L. - July 11, 2021, 11:29 p.m.

Can I make this with other plant milks? Unfortunately, I have a coconut allergy.

John - July 12, 2021, 11:32 p.m.

"Make It Dairy Free" on YouTube has a video on just vegan condensed milks and they said carton plant milks are okay but you will want to maybe double inputs and reduce the whole thing for a longer time to get the right consistency.

L. - July 13, 2021, 7:33 a.m.

Thank you so much! I'll look up their video!

PUL Team - July 17, 2021, 1:53 a.m.

Lovely question, L, and thank you for the insight as well, John! We haven't had a chance to test it out with many other kinds of milk so do let us know if you give it a try 😃

Jay - July 10, 2021, 2:54 p.m.

Hi Sadia, thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes. Yesterday I tried the vegan condensed milk recipe, but I ran into an issue. After 30 minutes of heating or so, oil started separating from coconut milk. Any tips on how to avoid that in the future? I used organic coconut milk

Klara - July 11, 2021, 5:09 p.m.

I have the same problem, looking forward to a solution :)

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 3:16 a.m.

Hello Jay and Klara! It sounds like the coconut milk may be curdling. Ensuring the heat isn't too high (so keeping it at a lower simmer on the stove for less time if needed) and using a heavier bottom pan should help 😊 Let us know how it goes if you give the recipe another try!

Aria - July 21, 2021, 2:16 a.m.

I have a similar issue! I think the simmering went well (although it was acting kind of weird with occasional geysers so maybe not...) but once it cooled in the fridge that block of oil formed at the top like it does in the can. Should I be using a different brand or something?

PUL Team - July 21, 2021, 3:41 a.m.

This feedback is so incredibly helpful - thanks to everyone for sharing! We've just made the sweetened condensed milk again, but using different brands of coconut milk this time to see if there was a difference, and indeed there was! We noticed a small amount of fat separation in coconut milk cans that included an emulsifier (such as guar gum) in the ingredients list. The coconut milk cans that included only coconut and water as ingredients created a more desirable consistency. In both cases, the taste was still delicious, but if you're looking to make the consistency similar to that in the video, try to use a canned coconut milk that does not include an emulsifier 🥥 If you try it out and find this works (or doesn't) let us know! 🤓

Acquline Cladious - July 9, 2021, 5:46 a.m.


Ashley Pike - July 9, 2021, 12:24 a.m.

Tried today! So delicious 😋 thanks pickuplimes!!!

Tushar - July 8, 2021, 7:18 p.m.

Thanks for this recipe. The flavor is just divine.

Martyna - July 8, 2021, 7:07 p.m.

This looks great. I can't wait to try it!

Michelle - July 8, 2021, 6:41 p.m.

Love this recipe!

Pearl - July 8, 2021, 6:23 p.m.

looks greaaaat!