The easiest and most delicious sugar-free & low-carb condensed milk recipe: the only that tastes like real condensed milk from the can! It’s made in few minutes with just 3 ingredients and it has only 1.5 net carbs per serving!
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This keto friendly sweetened condensed milk is silky smooth, pourable and a must have in your kitchen! Drizzle it on ice cream and berries, pour into coffee, and use it for recipes like Key lime pie or as a base for low-carb Argentinian dulce de leche.
The best tasting low-carb condensed milk
Life without condensed milk is not the same. My Brazilian mother must surely have used to dip my pacifier in it. That’s why I needed a keto friendly recipe that tastes like proper condensed milk.
And I tried them all – search for low-carb or keto condensed milk and you’ll find variations galore of the exact same recipe: a mix of cream, butter and sweeteners, with the occasional vanilla (which doesn’t help).
I assure you, that for a self-proclaimed condensed milk expert like myself, none of these recipes taste even close to the real thing. They taste like sweetened fat, and that’s it. A sad waste of ingredients. A unfulfilled promise of keto condensed milk…
Call me a purist, but sweetened condensed milk must taste like milk. Whipping cream and butter are great for keto, sure, but for a true condensed milk taste? It doesn’t even compare.
So, after much testing, I created this life changing recipe! Simple and with only 3 ingredients, this is hands down the best low-carb, sugar-free and keto friendly sweetened condensed milk recipe you’ll ever try!
Is evaporated milk keto
Evaporated milk is just regular milk which has been reduced of liquid in order to increase its shelf life. This concentrates the milk flavor – as well as the carbs.
Evaporated milk actually ends up with about double the carbs than the same amount of regular cow’s milk. Did the hairs on your keto arms just stood up? Well then, why on Earth would I choose evaporated milk for this recipe?
Because I love and respect condensed milk and there’s no way to get near the flavor of the real thing without cow’s milk. The quantity I use in this recipe is just enough get there with the minimum amount of carbs – which are only 1.5 per tablespoon!
Compare this with a tablespoon of regular store bought condensed milk, at about 14 net carbs! And all those from sugar, both from the added sugar and from the milk itself (lactose).
I believe this homemade condensed milk with evaporated milk can be considered keto friendly, if had in moderation. For me, it’s worth every single carb!
The (only 3!) ingredients
This low-carb sweetened condensed milk recipe needs only 3 ingredients: heavy cream, evaporated milk and keto sweetener.
Without any butter or thickeners like xanthan gum, the LikeHotKeto condensed milk naturally thickens to a luxurious and silky smooth texture as it cooks!
- Heavy whipping cream or heavy cream: Get a cream that’s at least 35% fat, as it has less moisture so it needs less time to evaporate. This helps the condensed milk recipe get ready quicker, and also gives a richer, creamier taste.
- Evaporated milk: Use evaporated milk instead of normal milk for the same reason: the condensed milk is made by evaporating the water from the ingredients while mixing over heat until it thickens. The less water is put in, the quickest it gets ready!
- Keto sweetener: Choose allulose or xylitol, pure or in blends with stevia or monk fruit. Do not use erythritol (or any sweetener blend with erythritol added) – it will crystallize and make the condensed milk develop a gritty texture.
If you’re using xylitol, please be very careful if you have pups as it is poisonous to them!
How sweet is sugar-free condensed milk
The amount of sweetener added to this recipe will make it a little less sweet than canned condensed milk, but enough sweet for most keto and low-carb palates.
You can adjust the sweetener to your liking. Just increase the amount of sweetener in the recipe before starting. Or, after the sugar-free condensed milk is ready, you can add liquid sweetener (like stevia or monk fruit drops) to taste.
How to make
Choose the pan first: A non-stick large pan – it can be a skillet with high sides or a sauce pan. The important thing is that it is as wide as possible, so that the evaporation is faster and your keto condensed milk gets ready quicker!
On a 12″ wide pan, this recipe is ready in just about 10-15 minutes. That’s quicker than going to the store and getting a can of sugar-free condensed milk. Alas, if it was possible.
Next, add all ingredients together in the pan and take it to medium-high heat. Gentle boil for about 10 minutes while stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon.
Tip! Always touch the bottom of the pan while stirring, and vary the position of the spoon to prevent bits from sticking to the pan and creating clumps. This ensures a silky smooth condensed milk.
The condensed milk is ready when the mixture gets thicker, just enough to lightly coat the back of the spoon/spatula. You can turn off the heat at this point.
Give it a quick stir a couple more times while it cools down, to disturb the surface and avoid the formation of a skin on top. Or press a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap on top, and remove after it’s cooled.
Get the consistency right
As with custard, you may need some experience to find the correct moment to stop cooking the condensed milk. So don’t be disappointed if you don’t get it right the first time! I assure you, it will be delicious no matter what!
The consistency of the sugar-free condensed milk while hot will be similar to hot custard. After it’s cooled down, it thickens, but it’s still pourable, a slightly thicker version of canned condensed milk.
When refrigerated, it is similar to lemon curd in texture. So it needs to be spooned out of the jar when cold. Or you can microwave it for a few seconds to make it pourable again.
If your sugar-free condensed milk is too runny after cooling down, it’s really easy to fix: just take the pan back to the stove and simmer it for some more time.
If it over thickened, then, well – you can eat it as is because it will be incredibly delicious, or, if you need a specific consistency (say, for use in a recipe) you can add a little more liquid to thin it out even while it’s cold.
Just add a little bit more of whipping cream and evaporated milk, and mix it really well with a whisk until it’s fully combined. If needed, heat it up again while mixing to better homogenize.
Worst case scenario, is if it overcooked until it started darkening to a caramel color. There’s no fixing that, but congratulations: you have made yourself some low-carb dulce de leche!
Sugar-free condensed milk uses and serving ideas
Imagination is the limit!
Make an easy low-carb dessert that tastes and looks fancy and sumptuous: just pour the condensed milk over a bowl with keto friendly fruit. Raspberries with condensed milk are a match made in heaven!
Add to coffee: If you like creamer in your coffee and are looking for a keto creamer, look no further. Coffee with this sugar-free condensed milk is sweet and creamy and it tastes like coffee candy!
You can also add it to your bulletproof coffee, iced coffee and to ice tea.
Make your breakfast more interesting: drizzle condensed milk over these keto vanilla whey waffles or pancakes. I bet you won’t miss maple syrup!
Use it as an ingredient in other keto dessert recipes, like ice cream and this amazing keto Key lime pie cheesecake!
Transfer the sugar-free condensed milk to a small bottle or sealable jar. It keeps in the fridge for at least a week. The consistency hardens in the fridge, so it isn’t easy to pour anymore, but it’s soft and spoonable.
To make the condensed milk liquid, you can put in the microwave for a few seconds and stir.
I do sometimes store at room temperature when the weather is cool, so it remains creamy. But I make sure to keep the jar closed airtight, and consume it in a couple of days.
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This was great! I used it in pumpkin pie and it worked perfect. Thanks so much!
Thank you Sandra!