Sugar Free Condensed Milk

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Sugar Free Condensed Milk make with cow’s milk or your favorite milk alternative like coconut.  Lighten up your treats with this homemade baking staple!

Sugar Free Condensed Milk make with cow's milk or your favorite milk alternative like coconut. Lighten up your treats with this homemade baking staple!

I had another experiment going on in my kitchen! This time I made homemade sweetened condensed milk with almond, coconut, and cow’s milk. All three varieties were made without granulated sugar!

I do love the convenience of grabbing a can of condensed milk when I need it (mostly for baking), but boy when I looked at the label I realized that half of the ingredients in a can is sugar!

Granulated sugar is what helps thicken the milk giving it that sticky texture along with the process of evaporating the water from heating the milk, but do we really need condensed milk to be so-so sweet? I think not, so I made it my mission to find a way to replicate a prepared can of condensed milk without all the sugar!

Sweeteners can definitely enhance the flavor of foods, but cutting the amount in half or less like I did with this recipe adds flavor, but without the extra-do-nothing-for-you calories and carbohydrates! And guess what? The extra sugar won’t be missed!

Sugar Free Condensed Milk make with cow's milk or your favorite milk alternative like coconut. Lighten up your treats with this homemade baking staple!

I added the homemade sugar-free condensed milk version to a dessert recipe (coming soon!), and not one person said that it needed to be sweeter!

Let me start by saying that since we aren’t using granulated sugar the condensed milk won’t be quite as thick as you may be used to when opening a can of the prepared stuff, but with lots of patience you can get it pretty darn close!

The best part of making this milk on your own is that you will have absolute control over the amount of sweetness that suit your preference, and you can use dairy free options as your milk base as well. Plus, I found an easy way to help thicken the milk (guar gum) if you get impatient waiting for the water to evaporate from the milk like I did.

Here are my thoughts on the results:

  • Cow’s milk came out the thickest by heating the milk for over an hour and a half. Curds form so skim it from the top often. I didn’t add the thickener to this version.
  • The coconut milk (fav) also took a long time to thicken and I was getting impatient, so after an hour I whisked in 1/4 teaspoon of guar gum. It thickened immediately.
  • The almond milk was my least favorite as I think the brand I used is made with too much water, so evaporating it to the desired texture was taking FOREVER. I added 1/4 teaspoon of guar gum and it thickened, but I think it could have used more.

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I can’t wait for you to experiment with making your own condensed milk! Tell me what your favorite milk and sugar alternative is! If I wasn’t watching my sugar intake I think I would give coconut sugar a try. I bet it would be tasty!

Now how do you combat the convenience of these overly sweetened prepared foods? It’s simple! Make your own sauces, jams and condiments!  Take complete control over the amount and type of sweetener used in recipes!

The next time you go grocery shopping make a conscious effort to look at the label and pay close attention to the ingredient list. You’ll be amazed by how many common everyday foods list sugar as the top ingredient.

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Sugar Free Condensed Milk

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 90 mins Yields 1½ cups

Homemade Sugar Free Condensed Milk for baking!


  • 1 1/2 cups milk (coconut, whole milk, almond)
  • 1/2 cup (adjust to your preference) Sugar Alternative (Swerve)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (omit for vegan option)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon guar gum (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan add milk and sugar alternative together and simmer over medium heat. Stir constantly and when the milk shows small bubbles lower the heat to simmer.
  2. Continue to simmer until milk reduces and begins to thicken (this can take up to 1½ hours). Skim the top of the milk if a layer forms.
  3. To thicken with guar gum, in a small bowl quickly whisk together guar with a couple of tablespoons of the cooled milk. Add it to the mix and immediately whisk in.
  4. Once the desired thickness is achieved remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla extract. Cool and store in the refrigerator.


Recipe found on the web and adapted from Eating Well Living Thin.

Sugar Free Condensed Milk make with cow's milk or your favorite milk alternative like coconut. Lighten up your treats with this homemade baking staple!

Sugar Free Condensed Milk make with cow's milk or your favorite milk alternative like coconut. Lighten up your treats with this homemade baking staple!

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

28 Comments on Sugar Free Condensed Milk

  1. kayla says:
    July 29, 2016

    Genius! What a great alternative to the store condensed milk. I can’t wait to try it!

    • July 30, 2016

      Have fun experimenting with this, Kayla! You’ll love having this option when the baking season is in full swing!

  2. July 29, 2016

    I wonder if you could use Xylitol for this recipe. I know I have used it for a simple syrup. I will have to give it a try sometime.

    • July 29, 2016

      I think Xylitol will work as the sweetener without a problem! Let me know how it turns out!

    • July 30, 2016

      Right? It’s just convenient to buy condensed milk prepared, but it hurts my teeth it’s so sweet 🙂 There is always a way 🙂

  3. July 31, 2016

    Oh wow! I didn’t even know that you could make homemade condensed milk! 🙂 And I love that it is sugar free too.

  4. Katerina says:
    July 31, 2016

    What a fabulous idea to substitute store bought which is overly sweet!

  5. Kelly says:
    July 31, 2016

    Can I drink this now? 😉 Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Michelle Carney says:
    September 20, 2016

    I’m so excited to try this. I looked for sugar free condeneed milk today so I can make my own coffee creamer but found nothing. I’m going to give this a go. I’m diabetic so I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to make stuff without sugar. It’s way harder than I thought!

  7. ashneet kaur says:
    September 28, 2016

    hey thanks for sharing !! .. can we skip sugar in this recipe ? .. can we just use milk and vanilla extract to make condensed milk ?

    • September 29, 2016

      Hi Ashneet! I suppose it would depend on what you plan on using the condensed milk for. I haven’t tried it, but would love to know how it works for you!

      • Shirley Hand says:
        February 12, 2017

        I’m in need of sugar free sweetened condensed milk for making a cheesecake suitable for a diabetic friend, will your recipe work for this project? Love your site!
        Thank you

        • February 16, 2017

          Hi Shirley! I haven’t tried using this in a cheesecake, so I can’t vouch for how well it will work. If you do try it let me know how it goes. I know it will be delicious 🙂 Thank you for swinging by!!

  8. Cynthia says:
    October 2, 2017

    Hi, great recipe! For how long can be stored on the fridge?! Thanks

    • October 2, 2017

      Hi Cynthia, it should be ok in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. It’ll depend on how fresh your ingredients are when you make it. Enjoy!

  9. Sherill says:
    October 26, 2017

    Hi Cynthia, can you use coconut oil in place of butter?

    • October 27, 2017

      Hi Sherill! I haven’t tried replacing the butter with coconut oil, so I don’t know for sure. Let me know what you think if you give it a try!

  10. michele says:
    March 11, 2018

    We are watching our sugar too…. but this is the one thing I need for baking and just would forgo eating the bars I make with it. Im thrilled to make my own…. Do you think I can make this and can it so I can make it in bulk and just pull it off the shelf when I need it?

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    • March 11, 2018

      Since this is made without preservatives I’m afraid that it will last just a couple of weeks unless you can it properly.

  11. Angela says:
    March 12, 2018

    Oh wow, I never knew how to make condensed milk. This is such a great one to have on hand for so many tasty dishes.

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  12. March 12, 2018

    I love to use sweetened condensed milk in my recipes but hate all the calories! What a great recipe!

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  13. March 12, 2018

    Couldn’t agree with you more… I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to reduce sugar and the “extra-do-nothing-for-you calories and carbohydrates” in recipes! Making your own condensed milk is such a great idea, and I love the option of making it with different types of milk! Thanks so much, Sandra!

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  14. Madi says:
    March 12, 2018

    This is such a good idea! I’m always buying sweetened condensed milk but I had no idea it was so easy to make!

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