This easy to make Homemade Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk turns out just as silky, creamy, and sweet as its dairy counterpart, but is a great substitute in dairy-free recipes.
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
I absolutely love sweetened condensed milk and could eat it by the spoonful right out of the can. Honestly, I have never done that, but I am tempted every time I open up a can of that luscious, creamy goodness and I end up sneaking a bite or two (or three).
Now, did you know there is such a thing as sweetened condensed coconut milk? The first time I saw it at the store I was pleasantly surprised and I had to try it right away. I have to say, I fell in love with the coconut version too! It is just as silky, creamy, and sweet as the dairy version and a great substitute in dairy-free recipes.
However, a problem with condensed coconut milk is that it can be hard to find. Not every store carries it and time and time again I’ve been disappointed when I could not find it. Then, there’s also the price. Condensed coconut milk is more expensive than its dairy counterpart, usually costing over $3 for a single can.
Luckily, I have the solution. It is actually extremely easy to make this creamy deliciousness at home. Using only two ingredients, you can make Homemade Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk that is better and less expensive than the store-bought kind. I also love that by making it myself, I have control over the amount of sweetener, plus I can use honey or agave syrup for a version free of refined sugars.
So today I continue with my “Sabores del Verano” (Flavors of Summer) with a focus on coconut in this recipe for Homemade Condensed Coconut Milk.
How to Make Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
To begin, pour a 13.5oz can of coconut milk into a small saucepan. Bring the milk to a simmer, stirring frequently and being careful it does not boil over.
Add 1/4 -2/3 of a cup of your favorite sweetener. I use 1/4 cup and it is sweet enough for me. However, you can play around with it to find out the level of sweetness you prefer. As for the type of sweetener I prefer to use agave syrup as it dissolves easily and has a nice, mild taste. I have also tried it with honey, which also works great, but has a deeper flavor. You can also use a granulated sweetener such as coconut sugar, just be sure to stir well to make sure it dissolves completely.
Stir to fully incorporate and dissolve the sweetener into the milk.
Simmer on low for about 30 minutes . Stir every 5 minutes or so to keep the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
The condensed milk will be done when the milk has reduced by half, the color is a light caramel color, and it has a thick consistency just like regular condensed milk.
How to Use Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
You can use this condensed coconut milk in any recipe that calls for regular condensed milk, especially when you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative.
I especially like it in the following recipes:
For some other great coconut recipes, check out:
- Crispy and Chewy Coconut Flour Oatmeal Cookies
- Strawberry Coconut Cream Paletas
- Coconut Lime Jalapeño Dressing
I hope you enjoy!
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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
- 1 13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup agave syrup or honey (see notes)
- Pour the coconut milk into a small saucepan. Bring the milk to a simmer, stirring frequently and being careful it does not boil over.
- Add the sweetener and stir to fully incorporate and dissolve it into the milk.
- Simmer on low for about 30 minutes . Stir every 5 minutes or so to keep the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- The condensed milk will be done when the milk has reduced by half, the color is a light caramel color, and it has a thick consistency just like regular condensed milk.
- Allow condensed milk to cool before storing or using in a recipe.
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The milk will become thicker when stored in the refrigerator. To soften it, place in a warm water bath for 5-10 minutes or microwave it for 20-30 seconds.