Make your own KETO condensed milk at home with only 5 ingredients, no sugar, and recreate your favorite keto desserts, ice cream, and more!
Is sweetened condensed milk keto friendly?
No, regular condensed milk is not keto-friendly since it’s made of 2 high-carb ingredients: white sugar and full-fat milk.
Milk contains a lot of carbs from lactose (a disaccharide made of glucose and galactose) and white sugar is pure carbs.
How to make this keto condensed milk recipe?
This keto condensed milk is easier than you think to make at home!
To create this delicious, thick, sweet condensed milk you only need 20 minutes and 5 ingredients listed below:
Heavy cream – you can’t use almond milk for this recipe. But you can use full-fat canned coconut cream or coconut milk for a keto and paleo condensed milk – 100% dairy-free. However, don’t use a coconut milk beverage! Like almond milk, coconut milk beverages contain too much water and not enough fat to create this sugar-free low-carb keto recipe. Always shake the can before measuring.
Powdered erythritol or xylitol – don’t use crystal keto low-carb sweetener for this recipe. it won’t dissolve well and leave chunks of sweetener into your condensed milk when it cools down.
Xanthan gum – this is the magic ingredient that gives a thick consistency to your condensed milk. You can replace it with 1 tablespoon of beef gelatin if preferred.
Evaporating the heavy cream
First, bring the heavy cream to a light boil and evaporate the cream, as you would do with regular milk in a classic condensed milk recipe.
It takes about 10-12 minutes to do so. The heavy cream may foam up, so whisk every 1-2 minutes to bring it down and prevent the cream from overflowing the saucepan.
Add butter, sweetener and vanilla
Then, remove from heat and whisk in the butter, powdered sweetener, and vanilla. Keep whisking until the butter is fully melted.
Add a thickener
Finally, sprinkle the xanthan gum, don’t add it all at once or it would create lumps! Whisk vigorously and bring back to medium heat for 3-5 minutes to thicken.
Cool it down!
Your condensed milk gets its best texture after completely cooling down and reaching room temperature.
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Be patient, stir the sugar-free sweetened condensed milk every 10 minutes for 30 minutes.
This helps the condensed milk to cool down and also it prevents a crust/film from forming on top of the evaporated milk.
How to use this sugar-free condensed milk keto recipe?
You can use this keto condensed milk recipe in any keto dessert recipe or keto recipe calling for condensed milk substitutes. But it’s also a great treat to add to:
You can find the full nutrition information of this keto sweetened condensed milk substitute after the recipe card below.
But overall, one serving of this recipe – 2 tablespoons – contains only 0.9 grams of net carbs and 133 kcal.
How to store homemade keto condensed milk?
You can store this recipe in a glass mason jar or sealed jar in the fridge for 5 days. It will harden in the fridge because the butter solidify and that’s ok!
If you intend to use it in your coffee, as a coffee creamer, spoon the condensed milk into a blender and pour the hot coffee on top. Blend, to combine. You MUST blend coffee and condensed milk or you will end up with two layers, coffee at the bottom and oil on top.
Rewarm harden condensed milk
Otherwise, you can bring the jar or the amount you want for your recipe into a small bowl and microwave 20-30 seconds or rewarm on the stove in a saucepan. Give a good stir before serving to blend the flavors and remove any thin layer that could form on top of the jar.
Another option is to freeze this recipe in an ice cube tray. This makes it easier to thaw one serve at a time.
Simply fill each ice cube tray with 2 tablespoons of the recipe so you are sure it contains the net carbs per serving indicated in the nutrition panel below.
The best keto recipes to serve with condensed milk
Below I listed my best keto dessert recipes to make and serve in combination with this recipe:
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In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a light boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer the cream for about 10-12 minutes, uncovered. The cream will reduce in volume and evaporate and foam can form on top. Whisk every 1-2 minutes to prevent the cream from sticking or burning on the side of the saucepan.
Remove from heat and whisk in butter, powdered erythritol, and vanilla extract
When butter is melted, sprinkle the xanthan gum all over the pan to avoid lumps and whisk vigorously to incorporate.
Return the saucepan to medium heat again, keep whisking, and cooking for 3-5 minutes, small bubbles should form on side of the saucepan until liquid thickens. If not thick enough to your liking, sprinkle an extra 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum all over the pan and keep cooking/stirring for an extra 2 minutes. Keep in mind that the liquid thickens even more when cooling down, so don't add too much extra gum!
Cool down into a glass mason jar for 30 minutes before closing. When it reaches room temperature it will thicken again and it can be stored in the pantry for 2 days then in fridge for up to 5 days. It will harden in the fridge as the butter solidify the mixture. Read my note below for tips
Freeze in ice cube tray in single-serve portions. Defrost one portion at a time at room temperature into a small bowl.
Use as a Coffee creamerIf you intend to use it in your coffee, as a coffee creamer, spoon the condensed milk into a blender and pour the hot coffee on top. Blend on high speed to combine. You MUST blend coffee and condensed milk or you will end up with two layers, coffee at the bottom and oil on top.Rewarm harden condensed milkThis recipe harden in the fridge and that’s normal. Bring the jar of condensed milk, or the amount you want for your recipe into a small bowl and microwave 20-30 seconds or rewarm on the stove in a saucepan to bring back to its liquid state. Give a good stir before serving to blend the flavors and remove any thin layer that could form on top of the jar.