Best ever low carb, sugar-free condensed milk
Sticky, gooey and oh so good!
This low carb, sugar-free condensed milk tastes just like the real thing—only better. Easy to make and beyond delicious. It’s thick and rich, hits all the right notes and is truly decadent and luscious.
I owe my inspiration for this recipe to Jamie Van Eaton’s creation over at Your Lighter Side. Seems like we’re equally obsessed with this “sweet” stuff—made low carb, sugar-free style, of course!
My version of low carb, sugar-free condensed milk makes a double batch (equal to approximately two tins of the regular kind but without the sugar!). I love having this on hand! Makes it possible to give old-time favourites a low carb, sugar-free comeback. Try it in this low carb, sugar-free citrus cheesecake. There’ll be no regrets. Promise!
Two sweeteners are better than one!
I use two sweeteners in this recipe for low carb, sugar-free condensed milk. In fact, I use more than one sweetener in most of my recipes. The reason for this is it enhances the sweetness and provides greater depth and balance.NOW Foods Xylitol Natural Sweetener – 1 lbCheck Price at Amazon
The first sweetener I use is Xylitol. It’s the closest thing to sugar that I’ve ever tasted! It’s actually a sugar alcohol that has little impact on blood sugar levels. It’s an excellent sugar substitute for those who are insulin resistant or suffer from diabetes, as well as anyone watching their weight. To learn more about sugar-free sweeteners, head on over to the Sugar 101 page.
The most economical way to buy Xylitol is in the granulated form. It’s cheaper in larger quantities but a 1 lb bag from Now Foods is a good place to start for a first time purchase. It’s also available in a fine, powdered form that’s much more expensive.
Did you know that powdered Xylitol is marketed as a sugar-free substitute for confectioner’s sugar?
Powdered Xylitol is great for frostings—and everything else. I prefer powdered Xylitol as it mixes more easily with other ingredients and is less likely to crystalise than granules. I use it in all of my recipes that require a sweetener but I NEVER pay more!
Why pay extra when you can grind your own? Here’s what I do!
I use the grinder attachment that came with my Bamix immersion mixer. It grinds Xylitol granules into a super fine, silky powder in less than a minute! If I’m grinding up a really large batch, I use my Vitamix dry blender jug (it’s also great for making nut flours). An inexpensive coffee grinder like the one below by Kitchenaid should also work well.
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Can Erythritol be used instead of Xylitol in this low carb, sugar-free condensed milk recipe?
The short answer is YES. Erythritol is also a sugar alcohol, is granulated and can be ground into a powder. Just be aware that it’s not as sweet as Xylitol, so you’ll need to use more. For exact measurements when substituting one sweetener for another or just replacing sugar be sure to download a copy of my free sweetener converter. It includes most popular sweeteners—so no more guesswork!
EZ-Sweetz is the second sweetener used in this recipe
It has a clean, sweet taste with no trace of bitterness! This sweetener comes in liquid form and has zero carbs! Just one drop equals 2 teaspoons of regular white sugar sweetness.
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Ez-Sweetz works beautifully with Xylitol or Erythritol and comes in a handy triple pack, with 450 servings in each little bottle.
I use Ez-Sweetz drops to sweeten lots of things. It’s perfect with Greek yoghurt and berries. It’s also great for hot drinks. I don’t sweeten my coffee but do add a drop of Ez-Sweetz to hot cocoa along with a good glug of cream. This is a great tummy filler that makes it easier to resist unhealthy temptations—especially at night-time!
But back to today’s recipe….
Silky smooth, sweet and creamy—low carb, sugar-free condensed milk doesn’t come any better!
By using just the right mix of sweeteners, this recipe passes the finger-dip taste test with flying colours. It’s an absolute KEEPER. Just be careful when you test it for thickness while it’s chilling in the fridge. One lick can turn into many! Don’t make me say I told you so!
This is truly the best tasting low carb, sugar-free condensed milk. It works like a dream. I sure hope you like it! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it via email or a comment.
Okay, time for the recipe!
Low Carb, Sugar-Free Condensed Milk
- 3 cups cream
- 3 oz [90g] butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Xylitol*, powdered see recipe notes
- 8 drops Ez-Sweetz** or equivalent sugar-free sweetener see recipe notes
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until well mixed (do not boil). Simmer gently for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is the consistency of thin custard and coats the back of the spoon.
- Pour mixture into a large bowl and cover with cling wrap (press cling wrap down onto the surface of mixture to avoid a skin forming).
- Chill in fridge (mixture will thicken further). Ready to use in around 3-4 hours.
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This looks so yummy!! I’ve used xylitol for a long time and you can’t tell the difference. The only warning I give to people is that some people can have a gastric reaction if you eat too much the first time (like more than a few tablespoons). I’ve never had an issue with it and I think most people don’t. Also, it’s extremely poisonous to dogs so use caution there.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I agree xylitol is one of the better sugar substitutes and tastes great. Like you, I do not suffer from any gastric issues. Definitely a good idea for those who have not tried it before to start out slow to judge its effect. Thank you also for the reminder about xylitol being toxic to dogs which I’ve mentioned in the Sugar-Free section on the LCHF FAQ page. I will make sure I also include a warning with recipes. Thanks for the heads up and hope you enjoy the condensed milk. It tastes even better than it looks!
Can this be used in a key lime pie recipe? Recipes usually call for a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Will I end up with enough condensed milk to make the pie
I love this idea! This looks so good!
Thank you. It so easy to make. My son’s girlfriend (not a low carber) could not believe it was sugar-free. Hope you get to try it soon!
Hey Julie, I have one more question. Do you know if liquid stevia could be substituted for the EZ sweet? I’m not a fan of splenda/sucralose and I want to try making your yummy looking citrus cheesecake which needs your sugar free sweetened condensed milk 🙂
I don’t use liquid stevia myself but I know many people do. As long as the liquid stevia you use has no bitter aftertaste I can’t see why it would cause any problems. I’ve heard good things about stevia glycerite but, again, have no personal experience with it myself. As a precaution, you could follow the low carb, sugar free condensed milk recipe, omitting the EZ-Sweetz, up until the mixture has chilled and thickened up in the fridge. You could then put a little of the mix into a separate bowl and add some liquid stevia to perform a taste test. If it tastes great you’d then be safe to add your stevia to the rest of the batch. To help you estimate how much stevia to use in place of the EZ-Sweetz, check out this EZ-Sweetz conversion chart. Follow the equivalents for the “Travel pack, 1 drop Ez-Sweetz” at the top of the chart, as that is the version of EZ-Sweetz I use in my recipes. Although the chart does not provide direct conversions for stevia, it does list conversions in white sugar equivalents. You should be able to use those “white sugar” figures to calculate how much of your stevia to use. Alternatively, you could always use a little extra xylitol in place of the EZ-Sweetz, which would work a treat. Hope this helps and please post back how you go as I’m sure others will benefit greatly from your experience.
Great, thank you so much for the suggstions. I’ll try them out.
Perfect! I have been trying to figure out how I can make a no churn ice cream to fit my new Keto lifestyle. I will definitely try this!
Hi there Amanda,
So happy you’re going to give the sugar free condensed milk a try. It has never failed me and is a great staple to have on hand. I can’t wait to hear how your no churn ice-cream turns out! Wishing you great success with your new keto lifestyle and thanks for stopping by.
Amy White says
I’m so excited to find the recipe and try it out. I love using sweetened condensed milk in recipes, but have gotten away from it because of all the sugar. I can’t wait to give this one a try.
I think you’ll really like the sugar free condensed milk. It’s amazing stuff. So nice to be able to enjoy old faves with a healthy new twist.
Hey Julie, what are the carbs on this recipe for sweet condensed milk?
Thanks for visiting.
To answer your question regarding how many carbs are in the condensed milk recipe, here you go.
The whole recipe is equivalent to around two tins of the store bought (sugary) variety and half the recipe is equal to around one tin of the store bought kind.
The whole recipe contains 22 net carbs, half of the whole recipe contains 11 net carbs.
Hope this helps and you enjoy using this recipe.
Jaime Luna says
Julie have you tried canning this recipe? It would be nice to make a lot of branches to can so I can always have some on hand!
Hi there Jaime,
I’ve never canned anything before, but that’s a great idea. As long as canning preserves the contents. Like I say, I have never canned before so not sure how it works.
If you are into canning I’d love to know how it goes if you try canning the sugar free condensed milk.
Cheers and best wishes to you.
Thank you. This is a great recipe and will be a nice addition to the low carb fudge I will be making. I used my magic bullet to grind up the xylitol in a matter of seconds. Although it looked like white smoke when I took the top off. lol.
So happy you like the recipe. Low carb fudge is an amazing low carb treat! Good to know the magic bullet works well for grinding up Xylitol – I get the same puff of white smoke when I open the lid of my Bamix grinder. Fun in the kitchen. LOL!
Apryl Goulbourne says
You sat the recipe has 22 net carbs what if you use o carb heavy cream
Hi Apryl, the cream I used counts for most of the carbs in this recipe, at 3.1g carbs per 100 ml. I am not aware of a zero carb cream being available where I live. If you do have such a product available in your location just make sure the nutritional data is the same for large quantities as it is for small amounts shown on the nutritional panel. Sometimes manufacturers are permitted to delcare zero carbs when the carbs fall below a certain level for a particular serving size. However, larger quantities of the same product may tell a very different story. If in doubt you can always contact the maker of the cream you intend to use. Hope this helps and you enjoy the recipe. 🙂
Emily Zanelli says
Julie! I have the same dilemma with keto sugar free sweetened condensed milk recipes.. I’m fine with any thing will the lowest net carb and so many recipes… all different. A LOT say use Heavy WHIPPING cream.. which is 1g net carb per tsp. They say heavy cream has more net carbs. I’m simply trying to make the lowest net carb and sugar free keto condensed milk. The one I will try today calls for heavy whipping cream the box says 1g per tsp b ut t the internet says a cup of it has net 7 carbs in all.. they are all a little different. It’s about getting the count and the consistancy! Butter swerve.. Thank you I didnt know I could grind it! and the rest like yours. Other options coconut milk. I bought keto strips and I was shocked.. something isn’t right. Any one have an opinion? W HWC? Thanks
Hi Emily, great to see you are giving keto sugar-free recipes a try. The sugar free condensed milk works really well and, depending on the cream you use, contains much less carbs than regular sweetened condensed milk. I am not sure of your location so cannot advise a particular brand of cream to use. You mention the “box of cream” that you have lists the carbs as 1g per teaspoon. This seems very high. Google is definitely your friend when it comes to sourcing cream with the lowest net carbs. Be sure to key in your location when you do a search so you can obtain the most relevant information. I believe you are also wanting to know why heavy whipping cream is used for low carb/keto condensed milk recipes. The reason is heavy cream has a higher fat content and will give the finished product a rich, authentic taste that is almost identical to regular condensed milk but without the sugar. I hope this helps and wish you well with making the recipe.
Emily Zanelli says
The carton of heavy whipping cream is from the fresh dairy section. I don’t mind animal or plant dairy. Just I know using a can of sweetened condensed milk is not keto. I live in Massachusetts and they don’t exactly have the best grip on it here. Even my doctor. I can read a label. He can’t read a blood test. I swear. It’s just to make it as little net carbs as possible. Butter and coconut are fine. You look at a can of condensed milk and plug in keto and I’m being told to make it. Google keeps giving me recipes with heavy whipping cream to make the condensed milk. Because of the net carbs. I do not want to use the can because google that and you will see. Google says heavy whipping cream is keto friendly. There are just so many different answers. Thank you for the help!
Hi Emily, yes the cream I use is also from the fresh dairy section (in Australia). It has 35% fat content and contains 3.1g carbs per 100ml (100ml equals 3.38 US fluid oz). My recipe uses 3 cups of cream. Each cup of cream has 7.44 g of carbs (22.32 g for the whole three cups). Most of the carbs in the recipe come from the cream (I do not count carbs from sweeteners in my recipes). If you can see how many carbs are in 1 cup of your cream (e.g. 8 oz) you can compare the carb count to my figures above. You are right not to use regular condensed milk from the grocery store. Your only option for a much lower carb count is to follow recipes for low carb keto condensed milk recipes. P.S. Remember my recipe makes close to 2 tins of the regular kind, so the carb count I give in my recipe is for half the recipe, e.g. equal to around 1 tin of the store kind but without the sugar. My recipe at the bottom of my post shows 2 serves (e.g. equal to 2 tins) with each serve being equal to 1 tin) which contains 12g carbs. As you mention, you can also search for keto coconut milk condensed recipes to see if they have lower carb counts. Best of luck and hope this helps you.
Temi Samuel says
yep, sticky, gooey and yeah, looks delicious
Thanks for stopping by and hope you like it!
Harsh Kabra says
How long will this keep ing the fridge? And have you used salted or unsalted butter
Also do you know how much condensed milk this recipe makes in ounces or ml. I need 14 ounces or 400ml for a recipe, will this make more or less?
Hi there Harsh,
Sorry it has taken me a little while to get back to you. I’ve answered your first two questions in an earlier reply.
I’m so sorry I do not have the exact amount in oz or ml – can’t believe I did not write that down!
I’m actually making the recipe today so will come back and let you know the exact amount if makes.
Have u tried the sukrin melis which is an icing sugar no blending already super fine. That is a blend would it work the same?
Hi Rachelle, I’m yet to try sukrin melis but have heard good things about it. As it is marketed as “icing sugar” the sweeteness of the blend should be fine for this recipe. Just be aware that it may be more expensive than grinding your own mix of sweeteners.
Harsh Kabra says
How long would this keep in the refrigerator ?
And are you using salted or unsalted butter?
Hi there Harsh,
I usually use the sugar free condensed milk soon after I make it. As long as the cream you use is fresh (e.g. not close to or past its use-by-date) it should last at least three days – maybe even a week. I use salted butter without any issues. I’m sure unsalted butter would be fine as well. Hope this helps!
Hi Julie! Wow – am I glad I found this! I’m not diabetic, but my Dr says I need to watch my sugar and carbs, (always a good thing to do for anyone really) since my levels werent ideal. I’ve been doing fairly well.
But…..I found a recipe for icebox fruitcake (something I ate once as a child)- it tastes nothing like a traditional fruitcake by the way- and I really wanted to make it for upcoming holidays.
I was sad, because it calls for sweetened condensed milk, among other sugar laden products. So I’m trying to come up with a sugar free (or lower sugar) recipe. This will help me immensely I’m sure! Can’t wait to try it.
I’m so happy the sugar free condensed milk recipe will help you recreate a healthier version of a much loved recipe. It sounds delicious! Let us know how you go. 🙂
Ik ben van Belgie en kwam bij dit recept uit wat me heel interressant lijkt.
Maar nu even een vraag ,met creme bedoel je slagroom ?
Hi there, apologies for the delay in getting back to you. I had to translate your question into English. Here is the English version of your question followed by my response: Your Question -Hello Julie. I am from Belgium and came to this recipe which seems to me very interesting. But now a question, with cream do you mean whipped cream? Rite… My Answer: No, I do not use “whipped” cream. I use heavy cream, which is also known as thickened cream or whipping cream (not whipped) in Australia and has a 35% fat content. Hope this helps and feel free to ask any further questions you may have. If you can translate into English first that would help. All the best.
Emily Zanelli says
Have you tried this product?? The 0 net carb info you can swipe the image for the facts. I have mixed this whole box of almond cooking milk with sugar free jello. My ketone levels have gone up since yesterday. You really are helping me thank you. Could you look at this? I dont want to veer off.. 2 des. And Julie I take lactulose which says is a non absorbable sugar liquid medication for ammonia removal from my blood stream by increasing water content. It does says it is keto I have a link to it but the nurse said it ends in OSE! So confused. Thank you Julie it wont let me post walmarts link but its exact name is under “CARNATION Almond Cooking Milk USDA Organic Milk Substitute for Sweet and Savory Recipes, Rich and Delicious Organic Almond Milk, 11 fl. oz”
Hi Emily, the carnation almond milk looks fine to use. I’m not a medical practitioner so cannot comment on your question about lactuose, although most things ending in “ose”, e.g. glucose, dextrose, do contain sugar. Try reaching out to the company who make lactulose to determine the exact ingredients and carb content. The amount you take also plays a role in whether you can use this or not while following a keto lifestyle. I may experiment at some point to see if I can create a great tasting condensed milk with almond milk that is suitable for keto. At present I’m busy with a number of projects so I won’t be able to do that now, but will hopefully do so in the not too distant future. Best of luck and good to know I’ve been some help to you.
Most key lime pie recipes call for a 14 ounce can of condensed milk. Will the recipe make enough to make a pie?
Yes, this recipe makes around 750 ml of condensed milk which is equal to 25 oz, so you should have more than enough for your recipe. I have not tried key lime pie myself but I bet it’s delicious!