Just 3 simple ingredients to make your own sugar free, keto, sweetened condensed milk at home to use wherever traditional condensed milk is used in your favorite recipes. Just 1 g carbs per tablespoon!
Sugar Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
If you've been a baker all your life and have used the deliciousness of canned sweetened condensed milk in many recipes, you may feel a bit deprived if you are now watching your sugar intake or following a low carb diet or keto diet this holiday season.
There's one thing I learned long ago when I went sugar free back in 2006, is that to make this a lifestyle that is sustainable, I knew I never wanted to feel left out or deprived. That's why I started creating savory recipes as well as my favorite keto desserts and have over 1000 recipes on my website since 2011!
You can enjoy and use this homemade sugar-free condensed milk recipe to replace any traditional high carb sugary treat you have used in the past for your holiday baking!
What is Sweetened Condensed Milk?
Traditional Sweetened condensed milk is cow's whole milk that has had the water removed and has added sugar so it has a lot of carbs. It is a very dense, thick liquid that is often used in many traditional baked goods like pie, puddings, ice cream and even in coffee.
When you're following a keto diet or sugar free diet, you won't find any sugar free condensed milk in any grocery store, but don't worry because today this easy recipe is just like the real thing but has just 1 gram net carbs with no added sugars!
I've never found unsweetened condensed milk in any stores either but I suppose if you wanted to make this full recipe without any sweetener you could do that though the point of using regular condensed milk is for adding sweetness to your low-carb desserts.
If you're dairy free, a great alternative to sweetened condensed milk is canned coconut cream but be sure to find one that doesn't include sugar since most do.
Making a sugar-free, keto sweetened condensed milk has been something on my foodie to-do list for some time now and I'm excited to share this phenomenal recipe with you.
You can certainly use this deliciously creamy, but sugar free sweetened condensed milk in your daily cup of coffee or tea instead of your regular sugar substitute!
It's also a fantastic sugar alternative for any recipe that uses sweetened condensed milk and you'd like to make a low carb version.
Carbs in Condensed Milk
Total carbs in just 2 tablespoons of regular sweetened condensed milk, using my favorite app Cronometer, has 20.8 grams of carbs and 123 calories!
Our keto condensed milk recipe has just 2 gram carbs in 2 tablespoons and 81 calories.
When to Use Sugar Free Condensed Milk
The good news is that many of your favorite keto dessert recipes use condensed milk.
Of course any easy sugar free chocolate fudge recipe uses real condensed milk and now you have a homemade sugar-free version!
It's also a great addition as a topping over some fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or blackberries.
Add this to your morning cup of coffee or tea!
The best part about this recipe is that it's a two for one! You can turn this condensed milk recipe into caramel sauce with just a few more minutes of your time.
Simply simmer the mixture on medium low heat for about an 45 minutes to one hour until it's thick and reduced down by half. Adding some cinnamon and nutmeg might be nice as well!
Tools to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Quart Stainless Steel Saucepan- This is the perfect sized, good quality saucepan for most of your basic recipes that require making a sauce. Stainless steel is a better option than nonstick pans as they won't leach chemicals into your food.
Wooden spoons-This Oxo set has 3 different sizes and a great grip on the handles that I really love.
Mason jars- 3 different sizes are a great investment to have in your keto kitchen. This recipe needs a 16 ounce mason jar to store.
Best Sugar-Free Sweeteners for Homemade Condensed Milk
Not all low carb sweeteners act the same in recipes and for this condensed milk, you really need to be careful about which ones you use to yield the best smooth texture and results.
You only need just three ingredients which are heavy whipping cream, unsalted butter, and low-carb sweetener.
I like to add a pinch of salt since the butter is unsalted and also a little bit of vanilla extract, but they are both totally optional.
If you use any type of erythritol-based sweeteners, they will all cause your sugar free condensed milk to crystalize in the fridge once your condensed milk is set. You can avoid crystallization simply by using powdered Allulose or even liquid Allulose will work.
Most brands of Monk Fruit sweetener still include erythritol, except this brand which includes Allulose instead, and will work great for this recipe.
If you can't purchase Allulose where you live, you can make my Keto Simple Syrup that can replace the Allulose sweetener in this recipe.
If you want to use another low carb sweetener besides the ones suggested above or different from what I used in this recipe, simply follow my Sweetener Guide & Conversion Chart.
Pour one cup of heavy whipping cream into a medium sized sauce pan. Add unsalted butter and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt if using (optional). Continually stir and cook for 5 minutes.
If using an electric stove, you may need to move pan on and off heat to regulate temperature so it doesn't boil over.
Whisk in the amount of sweetener needed and continue to stir while on a gentle simmer for 10 minutes or until thick and coats the back of a spoon.
Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract if using. This makes about 1.25 cups. Allow it to cool.
It will thicken as it cools. If not using the recipe right away, store in a glass jar or glass bowl, covered, and in the fridge.
When you are ready to use it, just reheat for 30 seconds in the microwave. It may separate when heated, simply whisk vigorously to combine and use in your recipe as needed.
How to Store & Reheat Sweetened Condensed Milk
If not using right away, store in a glass mason jar, covered or an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Reheat the entire recipe for 30 seconds in the microwave or add a small amount you need to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat on the stove.
In some easy keto recipes you actually just scoop out a small portion of the condensed milk, cold from the fridge, so in some recipes you may not need to heat it up at all.
It will look like it has separated when re-heated, but no need to worry at all. Simply give it a good stir to combine and it will come back together just as you made it the first time. Continue to use in your recipe as needed.
Fabulous Keto Christmas Sugar-Free Recipes you might enjoy:
- Pecan Snowballs
- Easy Sugar Free Fudge
- Crisp Gingerbread Cookies
- 4 Ingredient Caramel Candy
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Chocolate Cream Pie
- Candied Pecans
- Sugar Cookies
Sugar Free Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk
Sugar Free Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Pour one cup of heavy cream into a medium sized sauce pan. Add butter and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt if using. Continually stir and cook for 5 minutes. If using an electric stove, you may need to move pan on and off heat to regulate temperature so it doesn't boil over.
- Whisk in sweetener and continue to stir and simmer for 10 minutes or until thick and coats the back of a spoon.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. This makes 1.25 cups. Allow to cool. It will thicken as it cools. If not using right away, store in a glass mason jar or bowl, covered, in the fridge. Reheat for 30 seconds in the microwave. It will separate when heated, simply whisk vigorously to combine and use in your recipe as needed.