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Dairy Free Versions of Evaporated and Condensed Milk

Walking through the grocery store is painful for me this time of year.  All of those holiday baking magazines seem to call my name as I walk past them in the check-out line.  My husband seems to glare at me as I buy yet one more baking magazine where we can’t actually eat anything in the pretty pictures.

I explain that I am on a mission to recreate those lovely sweets in gluten and dairy free versions.  He doesn’t seem to care…
That was until the other night when I successfully made the most beautiful Chocolate Mint Shortbread Pinwheel Cookies.  They were gluten and dairy free and just heaven.  I will be posting the recipe shortly.

One of the big issues that seems to come up every year for me is how to replace the evaporated and condensed milk in all of the holiday recipes.  I asked around and have learned that evaporated milk is really just what is sounds like evaporated milk!  It is milk with at least 60% of the liquid removed.  First I tried to reduce some milk substitutes.  After simmering and simmering I realized that this was not worth the effort.  Then I realized that plenty of folks make their milk from powdered milk substitutes.  I purchased Vance’s Darifree Original Powder Gluten Free Beverage.  Instead of following the recipe, I mixed only 1/2 cup of the milk powder with 1 cup of water.  And voila!  Gluten and Dairy Free Evaporated milk.

Converting the evaporated to condensed milk is very easy.

Take one cup of evaporated dairy-free milk and heat it over medium heat.  Add 3/4 cups of agave or 1 1/2 cups sugar.  Heat and stir until dissolved .

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6 Responses to “Dairy Free Versions of Evaporated and Condensed Milk”

  1. Laura says:

    I agree…this is a great sub – however, my daughter can’t do potatoes or potato starch, any other ideas that do not include corn or potatoes?

  2. Megan says:

    I make cookies every year for Christmas gifts and was upset that this year there would be no cookies for me, as I have been recently told I need to stay away from gluten, casein and soy. Is this evaporated milk soy free too?

    • jkcafferty says:

      Hi Megan,

      I’m not sure if the Vance’s Darifree is totally soy free. I don’t see any soy ingredients but I can’t find anything on their website that states that the product is soy free. You might want to call them. This is the ingredients in the Darifree Original.

      Maltodextrin (from potatoes), Natural Flavors (no MSG), Crystalline Fructose, Calcium Carbonate, colored with Titanium Dioxide (an inert mineral), Carrageenan, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), dl Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitamin A Palmitate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin K1, Thiamin mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Biotin.

    • jkcafferty says:

      Please check out the posts at for the 12 Days of Christmas cookies. Most are gluten, dairy and soy free. You can use the Earth Balance soy free butter replacement or palm shortening for many of the recipes as a replacement.

  3. Amy says:

    I’ve used full fat canned coconut milk as a sub. for evaporated milk in several things and it’s worked well. maybe not as sweet at the recipe would be with the milk but definitely sweet enough!

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