Sugar Free Condensed Milk


Deliciously creamy sweetened condensed milk without the sugar!

This sugar free condensed milk recipe is an easy low carb replacement you can make in 30 minutes using ONLY THREE INGREDIENTS! Now you can have a guilt-free way to enjoy all your favorite recipes that call for sweetened condensed milk, from pies to fudge to homemade ice cream.

Traditional home bakers have it easy. If they want to make homemade fudge, easy ice cream or pies, they can simply open a can of sweetened condensed milk they purchased from the grocery store. If you follow a low carb or keto diet, there isn’t a ready-made option available to purchase.

A spoon inside the thick, creamy, caramel colored sweetened condensed milk.

Instead, we have to make our own sugar free condensed milk in order to make our confection favorites like homemade caramels or key lime pie.

Store-bought sweetened condensed milk brands can contain corn syrup, sugar, milk solids or vegetable oils. This version of thick, creamy sweetened milk suddenly doesn’t sound all that appealing or good for you.

Luckily, it’s easy to make yourself and you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen or buy expensive ingredients. To make homemade keto condensed milk, all you need is some butter, sugar-free sweetener and heavy cream or ultra-filtered whole milk. That’s it! Once it thickens up in the refrigerator, it becomes that irresistible, caramel-colored sweetened cream that you can add to pies, tarts, and cheesecakes to add richness and creaminess to the filling. Or try it in your coffee or tea for a creamy, indulgent treat!

KetoFocus fans think it’s the BEST!!

“I actually made this a few weeks ago. To be honest, I don’t even remember why I made it. I was going to use it for some recipe I didn’t end up making. Yet it was so freaking good I ended up eating it on other things. It’s awesome on keto toast, on blueberries, or to be perfectly honest, it’s nearly impossible to not just shovel spoonfulls right into your mouth, it’s that freakin good. Mine only lasted about 4 days in the fridge before it was all gone.”

➥ from YouTube subscriber @pumpkinheadghoul


“I make this milk all the time. Love it! I make coconut candy with almonds and a drizzle of chocolate on top using unsweetened coconut milk. It’s so good.”

➥ from YouTube subscriber @judystites9575


How to make sugar free condensed milk

Besides only using three ingredients, this homemade condensed milk recipe is made in one pot. All the ingredients are added in the beginning and you don’t have to keep a watchful eye on your mixture while it cooks. 

  1. Add ingredients – Add unsalted butter, powdered sugar-free sweetener and whole milk or heavy whipping cream to a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat mixture over medium heat until mixture boils.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer over the stovetop for about 25-30 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  4. To thicken – Remove from heat. Pour into a mason jar or storage container. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to cool before transferring to the refrigerator to thicken for 2 hours. 


Key ingredients & substitutions

  • ButterUnsalted butter is best as salt isn’t necessary in sweetened condensed milk. Since this thicken, creamy milk is used as a sweetener to help sweeten and thicken candies and cream, salt should be added to that recipe instead of homemade keto sweetened condensed milk. This way you can control the level of saltiness.
  • Sugar free sweetener – Use powdered sweetener as it dissolves easily into the mixture. Allulose is the preferred sugar-free sweetener as it doesn’t crystalize when it cools unless powder sweeteners made with erythritol.
  • Milk or cream – For the lowest sugar whole milk, look for one that is ultra-filtered which means that most of the natural lactose sugars have been removed. Fairlife milk is ultrafiltered and has 6 grams of carbohydrates per cup. If using whole milk, you may need to add 1/3 cup of heavy cream to the mixture in order for the condensed milk to cook quickly and prevent scorching.  Heavy whipping cream is another option if making keto sweetened condensed milk. This will increase the fat content of your condensed milk and will still contain carbs. Since 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream contains 0.3 g carbs, one cup of heavy cream has 4.8 g carbs. Canned coconut milk is the best substitute for a dairy free keto condensed milk. Instructions are below.

Sugar Free Condensed Milk Recipe Video

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Sugar Free Sweetened Condensed Milk Ingredients

Sugar Free Condensed Milk Directions

  • Sugar Free Condensed Milk
  • A bowl filled with sugar free sweetened condensed milk has a spoon rest on top.

    What is sweetened condensed milk?

    Sweetened condensed milk is a thick, sweet milk-based syrup that comes in a can and is available at the grocery store. It is used as an ingredient in many recipes for desserts and baked goods. It is made by heating milk to remove most of the water content, then adding sugar to sweeten and thicken it into a syrupy consistency.

    The process of making sweetened condensed milk involves adding sweetener to milk or milk solids. Then evaporating about 60% of the water content from the milk, which concentrates its flavor and sugars. The resulting mixture is a smooth, creamy syrup with notes of caramel (produced from heating the sugars and milk).

    What pot should you use to make sweetened condensed milk

    When making sweetened condensed milk, it is best to use a heavy-bottomed saucepan or pot. A heavy-bottomed pot distributes heat evenly and prevents the milk or cream from scorching or sticking to the bottom of the pot, which can result in a burnt taste, curdled chunks and will ruin your batch.

    Additionally, a saucepan with a non-reactive surface, such as stainless steel or enamel-coated cast iron, is recommended. Avoid using aluminum or copper pots as they can react with the acid in the milk and affect the flavor.

    Choose a pot that is large enough to hold the milk and sweetener mixture comfortably, with some room for expansion as the mixture heats up, simmers and thickens. A 2-quart or 3-quart pot should be sufficient for this recipe.

    A spoon dripping condensed milk over an rustic cup with a drip of syrup coming down the side.

    How to tell sweetened condensed milk is ready

    Knowing when the sugar free sweetened condensed milk is ready is crucial to the success of the recipe; otherwise, you can risk burning the sweetened thicken cream. Generally, sweetened condensed milk is ready when it has thickened and reduced in volume, and has a light caramel color.

    The easiest way to tell if your mixture is ready to pull from the burner, do the spoon test.

    1. Dip a spoon into the mixture.
    2. Then run your finger across the back of the spoon.
    3. If the mixture leaves a distinct trail on the spoon and doesn’t immediately fill in, it’s ready.

    Once the sweetened condensed milk is ready, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool before transferring it to a container for storage. Remember that the keto condensed milk will thicken further as it cools. If it’s too thick, you can add a little warm water to thin it out to the desired consistency.

    What recipes can I use sweetened condensed milk in?

    Many recipes call for a can of sweetened condensed milk in place of milk, cream or sugar. This is a shortcut ingredient used for making fudge, caramels, even ice cream.

    For some low sugar or keto recipes that used sugar free condensed milk, consider making these:

    Ways to modify your condensed milk

    This sweetened condensed syrup is perfect as is but here are some suggestions on ways you can modify it for different flavor or texture.

    Add more notes of caramel

    In addition to the allulose, add a brown-sugar free sweetener like Brown Swerve or Truvia Sweet Complete Brown Sugar Replacement. Or instead of adding additional keto sweetener, add a teaspoon or two of molasses.

    Thicker texture

    This sweetened condensed milk will thicken as it cools, but if you need it to be thicker when warmed or at room temperature, try adding some powdered milk.

    Make it dairy free

    To make dairy free sweetened condensed milk, you can use a can of full-fat coconut milk and follow the same basic process as you would with dairy milk.

    1. Heat the coconut milk, sweetener and ghee or vegan butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it has reduced.
    2. Continue to stir until the mixture has thickened and developed a caramel color.

    Keep in mind that the flavor and consistency may differ slightly from traditional dairy-based condensed milk.

    Storage information


    Homemade keto sweetened condensed milk should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Sweetened condensed milk will thicken and become even more viscous as it cools in the refrigerator, so you may need to add a little warm water to thin it out before using it in recipes. Heating the mixture in a warm water bath will help to thin it out as well.

    It is important to note that homemade sweetened condensed milk does not contain preservatives like store-bought varieties, so it is best to use it within a reasonable timeframe to ensure freshness and prevent spoilage. If the sweetened condensed milk develops an off odor, flavor, or appearance, it should be discarded.


    If you plan to store the sweetened condensed milk for longer than 2 weeks, it is recommended that you freeze it. Sweetened condensed milk can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, transfer the sweetened condensed milk to a freezer-safe container and label with the date. Thaw the sweetened condensed milk in the refrigerator overnight before using it.

    Sugar Free Condensed Milk: FAQS

    Can I substitute granulated sugar free sweetener with the powdered sweetener?

    When it comes to keto sweeteners, some don't always dissolve when mixed or heated. To avoid making your homemade sweetened condensed milk grainy, it's best to use a powdered or confectioner's sweetener.

    Can I use low-fat milk instead of whole milk?

    Low fat milk is higher in sugar compared to whole milk or cream. If you are looking for the lowest sugar free condensed milk, it's best to use whole milk. Unless you are able to find a low-fat milk that is ultrafiltered to remove some of the sugars, like FairLife Fat-Free Milk which contains only 6 g sugars per cup.

    What's the difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk?

    The main difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk is the amount of sugar they contain. Condensed milk is sweetened with sugar, while evaporated milk is unsweetened. Condensed milk is also thicker since it contains less water.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Sugar Free Condensed Milk

    Servings: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 139
    Fat 14.1g
    Protein 0.6g
    Total Carbs 0.6g
    Net Carbs 0.6g

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    1. This looks wonderful and I’m excited to try it. However, under the dairy free directions, you still add butter, which means it isn’t dairy free. Would ghee and coconut cream work for this? Or butter flavored coconut oil? Just wondering if you’ve tried either of those?
      Thank you for all the work you put into your videos for all of us.

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