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How to Make Vegan Condensed Milk

Alba Charles
By Alba Charles . Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Make Vegan Condensed Milk

Condensed milk tastes delicious with coffee and other desserts. Its sweet taste and thick texture make it difficult to resist. You can buy condensed milk at supermarkets or make your own at home, but what if you're vegan or lactose intolerant? There is no reason why you shouldn't enjoy this delicious product. Here at OneHowTo we explain you how to make vegan condensed milk, so you can enjoy it even if you don't consume dairy products.

More than 2 hours low difficulty


You'll need:

  • Saucepan
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Steps to follow:


Making vegan condensed milk is very similar to making normal dairy condensed milk, the only difference is that you will be using a milk that doesn't come from animal sources. You can make your vegan condensed milk with any vegetable milk you prefer. You can choose among soy, rice, almond, coconut... any non-dairy milk you like.

However, note that some non-dairy milks don't contain enough solids and the final result of the condensed milk won't be smooth. You can make your own nut milks to make sure it's thick. Read this article if you want to know how to make oat milk. If, on the contrary, you prefer buying the non-dairy milk, we recommend using soy milk, as this has a greater consistency.

How to Make Vegan Condensed Milk - Step 1

The first thing you need to know is that making condensed milk is easy but it takes time. When you condense milk, all the water evaporates and the sugars caramelize. It takes time to do this, as the water needs to evaporate slowly.

For this reason, if you need the condensed milk for a dessert or special occasion, we recommend you to prepare it a couple of days or at least one day before. You can keep it in the fridge when you're done and use it later.


Now that you know all the information we can start preparing the vegan condensed milk.


Put the non-dairy milk, the sweetener and the vanilla extract in a saucepan at medium-low heat. Don't leave the mixture to boil as you might burn it.


Continuously whisk the mixture until the volume is reduced to 1 cup. This could take up to 2 hours. You don't need to be in front of the saucepan the whole time but let it simmer and whisk the mixture so it stays thick and smooth. When you see that the milk has a thicker consistency and has lost almost all its water is when it's ready.


After a couple of hours your condensed milk will be ready. Note that the preparation time might vary depending on which milk you use. Just remember to don't put the fire too high and continuously whisk the mixture until it's ready.

How to Make Vegan Condensed Milk - Step 6

If you're vegan or lactose intolerant you can check out other delicious dairy-free recipes:

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