There have been so many times over the past few years where I’ve wanted to make a recipe with sweetened condensed milk, but haven’t had a good dairy free and refined sugar free substitute. Regular coconut cream just doesn’t work the same way and I couldn’t think of any other options.
This Christmas season I really wanted to make a nice fudge recipe. Now, in order to make fudge the easy way, you really want to have sweetened condensed milk. Otherwise you end up babysitting the fudge mixture using a candy thermometer. Candy thermometers are great when necessary, but I really wanted to make an easy fudge recipe for y’all.
So I ventured out to make my own paleo sweetened condensed milk. And it is SO good!! Nice and creamy with a thick, smooth texture. The taste is rich and sweet, but not overly sweet. Perfect for all of your paleo baking needs! I plan on using it to make all sorts of recipes now, from fudge to key lime pie to Thai iced tea. OMG. Thai iced tea. So good. You can also use this sweetened condensed milk as a coffee creamer/sweetener. Seemingly decadent, but really it’s not all that unhealthy!
This recipe does take quite a bit of time to make, but really it’s just letting the liquid simmer and reduce for about an hour and a half. Pretty simple. You just need to stir it every few minutes to prevent burning. I like to do other things around the kitchen while I’m making it.
If you would like a low carb and ketogenic version of this, you’re in luck! You can also make this recipe with monk fruit sweetener! I like the monk fruit sugar substitute by Lakanto. You can try it with their regular sweetener or the golden sweetener for a richer taste. These sweeteners aren’t paleo because they contain erythritol, but they are a good option for those looking to reduce their carb intake.
- 28 oz (830mL) full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut sugar*
- *For low carb and ketogenic, substitute with monk fruit sweetener (see link in text above)
- In a medium-sized saucepan, bring coconut milk to a simmer.
- Add coconut sugar.
- Simmer for about 1.5 hours or until the liquid has reduced by about half. Make sure to stir and scrape the bottom and sides of the pan every few minutes to prevent it from burning.
- Pour into a glass jar.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Store under refrigeration for up to 5 days.
What is your favorite way to use sweetened condensed milk? Let me know in the comments section below!