Turn low-carb heavy cream into a keto sweetened condensed milk with this easy sugar-free recipe. It's a one-for-one replacement for canned sweetened condensed milk!
Why you'll love it
I have so many favorite recipes from my higher carb days that I'd like to rework into keto-friendly versions. However, many of them call for convenient ingredients like canned goods that don't have a substitute that can be purchased easily in stores.
The recipe for my mother's Filipino fruit salad is just one example. It calls for condensed milk in a can. Therefore, I came up with this low-carb, sugar-free condensed milk recipe.
My condensed milk keto recipe uses heavy whipping cream. The result is really sweet and rich milk without as many carbs. But you can use coconut cream if you need a dairy-free alternative.
A 14-ounce can of regular sweet condensed milk contains a whopping 220 grams of carbohydrates, all of which are sugar. My keto condensed milk recipe has about 7 grams!
There are just four simple ingredients in the best keto condensed milk you will ever make. All of these ingredients are easy to find at the grocery store too.
This is not a dairy-free recipe. You will need to use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream. Try to use full-fat if you can find it.
Low-fat or light whipping cream can still work, but it won't be as thick.
The butter really increases how thick and creamy the sugar-free condensed milk is. Either salted or unsalted butter will work perfectly in this recipe.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- This recipe will make 12 ounces of sweetened condensed milk.
- Let it cool completely before you add the mason jar lid.
- Keep simmering until it reduces by half. This might take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
This is a very simple recipe to follow. Once you realize how easy it is to make your own keto-sweetened condensed milk, you'll never go back to buying canned again.
Add ingredients to a saucepan
Whisk all the ingredients together over medium-low to medium heat until the butter melts. Keep stirring until it comes to a simmer.
Reduce heat and simmer
Turn the heat on the stove down to low. Gently simmer the condensed milk mixture until it has reduced by half and thickens. This might take about 50 minutes.
Store in a mason jar
When it is reduced by half and thickened, pour the sugar-free condensed milk into a mason jar and let it come to room temperature. Then, screw the lid on the jar and store it in the refrigerator.
Keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
️ Serving suggestions
You can use this just like you would use traditional condensed milk.
My favorite way to use it is to add it to my hot coffee as a coffee creamer. You can even sprinkle some cocoa powder in your coffee and have a thick mocha. Yum!
Another way to enjoy it on the keto diet is to drizzle it on top of some fresh fruit. This turns a regular bowl of strawberries into a delectable dessert!
This is also one of the main ingredients in a popular fudge recipe. All you need is some sugar-free chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and this condensed milk. Melt everything together, pour it into a dish, and let it solidify.
You can also use this condensed milk to make homemade vanilla ice cream that is low in carbs.
No, it is not the same thing at all. The difference is that sweetened condensed milk is much sweeter than evaporated milk.
Evaporated milk is unsweetened and is basically milk that had about 60% of its water content removed. If a recipe calls for milk, you can usually use evaporated milk as a substitute.
No, this low-carb condensed milk is not dairy-free. I used both butter and heavy cream, which are dairy products.
Yes, you can freeze it. The best way to freeze this low-carb sweetened condensed milk is in an ice cube tray. However, it might not freeze completely solid due to the sugar content.
There is just 1 gram of net carbs in 2 tablespoons of this keto condensed milk.
Many people use ghee if they are on a dairy-free diet. You can also replace butter with coconut oil.
It's really easy to get condensed milk confused with evaporated milk. That is why I always look at the ingredient label on the back. If it lists sugar as an ingredient, avoid it.
No, you cannot consume condensed milk on the keto diet. That is why I made my own. The heavy whipping cream isn't the problem - it is the added sugar.
No, there is no unsweetened condensed milk on the market. That is why I made my own. If you need one without any sweeteners at all, I suggest using evaporated milk. It isn't sweet because it is just milk that had its moisture content reduced.
If you enjoyed this keto-sweetened condensed milk recipe, here are some more keto dessert recipes you should try next! They are some of my favorite keto desserts - I bet you'll love them too.
- Key Lime Pie is bright and full of citrus flavors that make Florida, with only 5 grams net carbs per slice.
- Keto Coconut Chocolate Candy is made with whole almonds, so it is a high-protein and high-fat snack.
- Low Carb No-Bake Cheesecake is a dessert you can indulge in guilt-free since each slice only has 4 grams net carbs.
- Keto Chocolate Walnut Fudge is perfect for big parties or when you are in the mood for a rich dessert.
- Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge is keto-friendly and sugar-free and will remind you of your favorite Girl Scout cookies.
Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Add all ingredients to large non-stick skillet over medium low heat.
- Whisk ingredients frequently until butter melts. Allow mixture to come to a simmer while stirring frequently.
- Reduce to a low heat and gently simmer until mixture has reduced to about half and has thickened, about 45 to 50 minutes.
- Remove from heat and pour into mason jar. Allow to cool before placing lid on top. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
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Notes on Nutritional Information
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First published on October 12, 2010. Post updated on May 12, 2022, with additional recipe information and new photos.