Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute

Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

“Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. (Proverbs 16:24)

This dairy-free, refined sugar-free sweetened condensed coconut milk is the basis for some sweet treat recipes I’ll share in the future.  This sweet concoction will healthfully replace your usual sweetened condensed cow’s milk.  Hurrah!

Sugar-Free Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

I learned over the Christmas holidays that it’s extremely hard to resist the unhealthy treats unless you have your own healthy alternatives within arm’s reach.  If you allow yourself even a small amount of processed sugar, the cravings are ON!  Don’t we regret the decision of one simple cheat resulting in a full-blown hard-to-resist pull of addiction?  The cheats are just not worth it in the end.

Some of us struggle (I did!) with major sugar addiction.  Without the occasional cheat, the addiction loses its power over you.  This recipe will fix you right up with a trusty replacement for that sticky sweet, delicious milk in a can!  (Ahem, there will be a little Almond Joyous treat in your future.)

This recipe requires a couple of specific ingredients you might not have available, but I have links to a tried and true source.  Thank you, Trim Healthy Mama!  The basis for healthy eating is having the ingredients in your pantry and ready for action.

First of all, you’ll need a proper sweetener.  Trim Healthy Mama (THM)  Gentle Sweet is my favorite sweetener.  If you tried Stevia in the past, you may not have liked it if you used too much, which gives a slight licorice flavor when used too heavily.  Gentle sweet contains Stevia combined with erythritol to round out the Stevia flavor.  It is so good!  (But, you still want to be careful to use the correct amount.)

Using THM Super Sweet is another option.  While it’s super sweet, the bag will last longer since you use less than the gentle sweet requirement – approximately half the amount.

NOTE of caution:  THM also sells Gentle Sweet and Super Sweet containing xylotol.  If you question the use of xylotol, read this article for thorough information about it.  I prefer using the THM Gentle Sweet and Super Sweet that contain Stevia and Erythritol.  All that to say, you be the judge.

You will also need a proper thickener.  THM Just Gelatin congeals much like other gelatin, but it’s packed with protein from healthy beef sources.  You’ll love the affects of their gelatin when added to soups and other recipes that need some additional thickening.  You’ll love playing around with Just Gelatin.

Another source of protein I use regularly (and ingredient for this recipe) is Integral Collagen.  I sprinkle half a scoop into each cup of tea for smooth skin and hair.  I think it’s behind the healthier glow I’ve had since two month into my THM journey.  (Excluding the two months of chemo, which eliminated a glow of any kind!)

Let’s get on with the recipe!

Pour one can of full-fat coconut milk into a quart-size pot on the stove.  Before turning on the heat, sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let it sit a few minutes.  When you begin to stir and heat, you’ll see some lumps.  Do not be afraid.  It’s going to be fine.

Coconut Milk Condensing

Whisk in the other ingredients and heat until foamy on top.  Again.  Do not be alarmed.  It’ll be fine.

Condensing Coconut Yogurt for Milk

To reduce and thicken, you will simmer on medium heat for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally.  This stage reminds me of the song, Tiny Bubbles!

Sweetened Condensed Milk

I cannot resist sharing this throw-back with you for your enjoyment as the condensing happens.  Don’t get too distracted and forget to stir occasionally.  😉

And, as quick as that, your sweetened condensed non-milk is done.

Sweeetened Condensed Milk Substitute

Rather than the canned version loaded with refined sugar, make your own non-dairy sweetened condensed milk with no refined sugars.


  • 1 15-oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Just Gelatin by THM
  • 1 tbsp Gentle Sweet by THM (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp mineral/sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or flavoring
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter from pastured cow


  1. Pour coconut milk into a 1-quart sauce pan.  Sprinkle Just Gelatin* over the top and let rest for several minutes.  After the rest period, turn heat to medium and whisk.

    Coconut Milk Condensing
  2. Add all remaining ingredients.  Whisk to combine as the heat comes up to temperature.

    Condensing Coconut Yogurt for Milk
  3. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally for 15 minutes to "condense" the mixture.  Cool.  Use immediately or store in canning jar and refrigerate until use.

    Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Enjoy your canned sweetened condensed milk replacement!


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