This Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk which is made with only a handful of ingredients and requires only 15 minutes of time, is so rich and creamy! Perfect for all your sugar-free and low-carb desserts, making homemade keto sweetened condensed milk is so easy, you will be making it anytime you have some leftover heavy cream.
Easy Keto Condensed Milk
I am SO EXCITED to share this post with you! By making my homemade sweetened condensed milk using an Instant Pot, it took half the time as making it on the stovetop and turned out just as delicious, if not better!
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk is a delicious, and super easy, sugar-free made from scratch version store-bought sweetened condensed milk that you can use in any keto coffee, baking dessert, and many more sugar-free recipes! This homemade sweetened condensed milk is a recipe that I am sure you will love as much as I do.
Why use an Instant Pot for making Sweetened Condensed Milk?
The simple answer is because it takes half the time! I am not kidding. Instead of taking 30 minutes to make homemade sweetened condensed milk, using the instant pot insert, it only took me 15 minutes!
That's right...15 minutes and only simple 4 ingredients, this keto sweetened condensed milk is just that easy!
I think the consistent temperature and large surface area of the base of the instant pot allow for the water from the heavy cream to evaporate at a higher rate and therefore take less time.
So no...we are actually NOT going to seal and pressurize the instant pot. We are simply using the pot of the Instant pot, to make this homemade sweetened condensed milk.
What makes this Instant Pot Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk so amazing?
- from start to finish, it only takes about 15 minutes - Most sweetened condensed recipes require between 30-35 minutes
- It is sugar-free which means that you can finally enjoy all your old sweetened condensed recipes even if you are on a low carb and keto diet.
- It requires only basic 4 ingredients
- It is a great way to use up any leftover heavy cream
- Any leftovers (although I doubt there will be any!) can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Difference between Sweetened Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk?
Although both names sound similar, there is a big difference between sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Although both products are made by reducing the amount of water in cream, the major difference comes from the amount of sugar added to the final product. Sweetened Condensed Milk has sugar added whereas Evaporated Milk does not.
Can I make this Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk Dairy-Free?
Absolutely! Simply use a can of full-fat coconut milk and follow the directions that are listed in this recipe.
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Ingredients
This homemade version is made with just four ingredients that you most likely already have on hand.
Cream – This recipe calls for heavy whipping cream. You can use dairy or dairy-free milk options based on your personal preferences but I have not tried this recipe with milk substitutes (except for canned coconut milk). Whipping cream can also be used instead of heavy whipping cream. According to the labelling standards of the Food and Drug Administration, heavy cream is a cream with no less than 36% milkfat. It may also be called heavy whipping cream. In contrast, whipping cream has a slightly lower milk fat content, 30–36% and may also be called light whipping cream.
Sweetener – You can use any sugar substitute in this recipe. However, you should think about how you intend on using the homemade sweetened condensed milk before deciding on the type of sweetener. IF you plan on using in desserts that will need to be frozen or refrigerated, I suggest allulose or any other sweetener that will not crystallize when it cools. However, if the homemade sweetened condensed milk is going to be used in baked goods or any keto dessert that is served at room temperature, you can use any type of sweetener, such as Lakanto which is erythritol-based.
Butter – I use salted butter when I make this recipe but you can use whichever butter you prefer or have on hand. It adds a silkiness and so much richness to the recipe and enhances it in my personal opinion. If you prefer not to use it, you can omit it from the recipe.
Vanilla extract – the vanilla extract adds so much depth to the condensed milk.
Sweetened Condensed Milk using an Instant Pot
I actually don't own an instant pot but rather have a Ninja Foodi All-In-One. I am pretty sure that you can use any type of electric, wide base cooker for this recipe as long as you have the "saute" function.
I used my 6.5 qt Ninja Foodi. If your pot is smaller, than the homemade sweetened condensed milk may take an additional 5 minutes to make. If you are making your sweetened condensed milk using an instant pot that is larger, you may want to double the ingredients.
Regardless of size, just make sure that you have enough heavy cream to FULLY cover the bottom of the pot by at least ¼ inch. Otherwise, you risk the chance of burning the heavy cream.
How do you make Sugar-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk using an Instant Pot
Making Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk in an Instant Pot is the same as on a stovetop with just a few changes!
Step 1 - Place the removable pot into your pressure cooker or all-in-one. Add the heavy cream to the pot and turn the pressure cooker to "Saute - Hi"
Step 2 - Bring the heavy cream to a simmer and drop the temperature to "Med-Hi". Stir the mixture frequently and do not allow it to come to a full boil. IF you let the heavy cream boil consistently, you may end up with a keto caramel sauce instead of keto sweetened condensed milk! You may even need to drop the temperature to medium depending on your instant pot.
Step 3 - Continue to allow the cream to simmer for an additional 10 or until it the keto sweetened condensed milk just begins to thicken
Step 4 - Remove the inner pot from the pressure cooker and set it on a cutting board (be careful as it will be VERY hot!). Stir in the butter, sweetener and vanilla. The keto sweetened condensed milk will continue to thicken as it cools.
Can I Use this Sugar-Free Recipe in Place of Store-Bought?
Absolutely! I’ve tested this homemade recipe time and again to make sure that it yields just the right amount to use for recipes that call for a can of store-bought.
That way, it removes any guesswork from using this homemade recipe in place of the standard can from the grocery store. This homemade sweetened condensed milk recipe makes about 2 cups.
Storing Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk
To store the keto condensed milk, I suggest pouring it in a glass container until it cools. Once it cools, seal the jar with an airtight lid. You can store the keto condensed milk in the fridge for up to 5 days.
I suggest using a glass container as the condensed milk will be very hot initially and it is unwise to add hot liquid to a plastic container. If you have to use a plastic container, make sure that you pour the homemade sweetened condensed milk first into a glass bowl to cool completely before adding it to a plastic container for storage.
Can you freeze the sweetened condensed milk
I am constantly making this easy keto condensed milk since I oftentimes end up with unused heavy cream that has to be used up. If I am not going to use it right away, I simply store it in the freezer for future use.
When you are ready to use it, simply place it in the fridge to thaw overnight or place it at room temperature until it thaws.
Tips for making Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Make sure that you stay close to the instant pot or pressure cooker as the heavy cream can quickly go from a simmer to a boil and boil over.
- Since all pressure cookers vary in size, add enough heavy cream to completely cover the bottom of the pot. I used 2 cups and it was perfect.
- Whisk or stir the heavy cream frequently as it is simmering to make sure that it does not burn
- If you like your condensed milk sweeter, feel free to add more sweetener.
- Do not try to cut this recipe in half. You need to use at least 2 cups of heavy cream otherwise you will not have enough liquid to cover the bottom of the pressure cooker bowl.
- If for some reason (and this has never happened to me yet!), your keto sweetened condensed milk does not solidify enough, simply take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and heat it in the microwave for about 15 seconds or until it is very hot but NOT boiling. Whisk in about ⅛ teaspoon of xanthan gum into the hot mixture and when no clumps remaining, whisk the small mixture back into the large mixture. You can repeat this process until the desired consistency is reached.
Easy Sweetened Condensed Milk Flavours
- Brown Sugar Substitute - You can replace the sweetener with brown sugar substitute for a more caramel flavour. My favourite brand is Lakanto Golden but since it is erythritol-based, it will crystallize if it is refrigerated. (Check out my Guide to Keto Sweeteners to learn more)
- Maple Syrup - I have use Lakanto Maple Syrup with great success. You can add just a little or a lot but make sure that you reduce the amount of sweetener or the end product may be too sweet for your liking. Also, adding keto maple syrup will make the sweetened condensed milk a little less solid but as long as you do not add more than ¼ cup of sugar-free maple syrup, you should be fine.
- Extract - You can flavour the keto condensed milk by adding just a couple of drops of any flavour extract. Just remember that extracts are VERY powerful so a little goes a long way!
Homemade Sugar-free Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipes
More Keto Instant Pot Recipes
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- Sugar-Free Instant Pot Southern Relish - Chow-Chow
- Air Fryer or Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
- Easy Pressure Cooker Garlic Roast Beef
- 2 cups (473 ml or 1 pint) heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup allulose (or confectioner/powdered sugar)
- 2 tbsp butter, salted (if using unsalted, add a pinch of salt)
- 1-3 teaspoon vanilla (depending on preference)
- Place the heavy cream in the Instant pot. Set the instant pot to "Saute - "hi" and bring the cream to a simmer. Once the mixture begins to simmer, drop the temperature to "med" and stir it constantly. You want the mixture to have tiny little bubbles but NOT boil. If the mixture boils, you will end up more with a caramel-type sauce. You want the mixture to simmer and not boil so adjust the temperature accordingly.
- Once the mixture begins to thicken, (about 10-15 minutes), turn the instant pot "off" and whisk in butter and sweetener.
- Stir in vanilla and any flavouring, if using.
- Allow mixture to cool and store in an airtight glass container for up to 5 days.
- See post for tips and the products I used
- add a pinch of salt if using unsalted butter
- Sweetened Condensed Milk will continue to thicken as it cools.
- If keto sweetened condensed milk does not thicken to your liking, see "Tips" on how to thicken it using xanthan gum.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size: 2 tbsp
- Calories: 51
- Sugar: 0.4
- Fat: 5.4
- Carbohydrates: 0.4
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0.4
Keywords: instant pot, sugar-free, keto, 15 minutes, easy recipe, condensed milk