Homemade Condensed Milk (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Homemade Condensed Milk (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Ah I really missed condensed milk when we started Paleo. Thankfully, it isn’t hard to make yourself a version using just two ingredients – full cream coconut milk and honey. And it’s gluten and dairy-free!

Bring a can of full-cream coconut milk to boil in a saucepan.

Homemade Condensed Milk (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)Reduce heat to a slow simmer and add some honey. Then simmer for 30 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.

Homemade Condensed Milk (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)And you should have some yummy condensed milk for your coffee or part of another recipe.

Homemade Condensed Milk (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

You’ll need:

  • 1 14 oz can of organic, full-cream coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey
  1. Bring coconut milk to a boil in a saucepan
  2. Reduce to a slow simmer and add honey
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes (whisking periodically) until liquid is reduced to half. You should have about 1 cup.



  1. I’m new to all the coconut substitutes. What brand(s) are best? I tried buying one of those cartons of coconut milk and its the first time my 4-year has refused anything and told me it was bad for him! He eats literally everything and begs me to buy him extra veggies!

  2. Hi,
    Could you use a reduced fat coconut milk?


    • Ashleigh, I’m not sure if reduced fat would work very well for the final consistency. We’re a big fan of full fat coconut milk here!

    • Reduced fat coconut milk is just full fat coconut milk with water added. 🙂 I don’t know how that would change the final consistency but you can save money by buying full fat and adding water. 🙂

      • Actually some brands may add guar gum for their “reduced fat” version to make it look like the full-fat.

        I have never used reduced fat so I don’t know how it would turn out but it might be a bit watery or you may need to reduce it more and get a lower yield.

  3. How long does the condensed milk keep for?

  4. Could I use coconut nectar or coconut sugar instead of honey?
    Honey is high fructose and doesn’t go too well when it’s heated.

    • Hi Danielle – Yes you can make this with coconut nectar. I don’t know if the coconut sugar will dissolve very well but it will definitely work with nectar.

  5. I really considered going Paleo, especially since my sister and cousin swear by it, but my food budget is $75 dollars a week. So far, every recipe I’ve seen calls for nut flours (which run at least $8 / pound), coconut milk (which is around $7 bucks a pint, on sale) and coconut oil ($12 for a 12 oz jar.) I cannot live on coconut, and my family would annihilate me if I spent half the weekly food budget on these ingredients ALONE. Apparently, Paleo is for people who earn at least 50 grand a year.

    I don’t.

    • Hi Katherine.

      I totally hear you on the cost thing.

      There are ways that lots of families try to save on this lifestyle. I personally don’t use a lot of flour in my cooking. With most stir fries, flour is limited to a tablespoon or two for thickening. My $7 20 oz bag of Red Mills Tapioca flour lasts me for a month. A lot of people are big on making baked Paleo food. Not only is it cost-prohibitive like you mentioned, it should also be just a once-in-a-while treat.

      For coconut milk, we buy this from amazon and it works out to be about $3 a pint.

      We also buy our meat and produce from local coops too!

    • Google this “paleo on a budget”. My initial investment was quite a bit, but some of those things I bought lasted for months!

  6. Is there a substitute for evaporated milk on the paleo diet? Do you have a recipe to make it?