Clean Eating Condensed Milk Recipe

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Looking for a condensed milk that isn’t full of garbage? Try this clean eating condensed milk recipe!

One of the toughest conversions for me, aside from recipes that are heavily reliant on butter, are those recipes that call for condensed milk. After reading the ingredients on a condensed milk can, I just knew I’d never be able to convert anything that would even come close. But life has a funny way of proving me wrong on a fairly consistent basis. In this case, I didn’t mind one bit.

With the last round of the No Sugar Challenge, Gale Compton over at Fit Fabulous Forever came up with an incredible alternative. It’s truly clean, and works amazingly well!

She made hers with regular milk. But since I can no longer have dairy, I tried this with both almond milk and soy milk. It worked equally well with both, with just a few minor differences.

Clean Eating Condensed Milk in a white pitcher, ready to be used for any recipe calling for condensed milk.

Here’s what Gale had to say about making this with regular milk:

Although I haven’t tried it with whole milk, I read when using whole milk and raisins, it thickens up into an almost yogurt like consistency. With low-fat, it gets only slightly thicker.

It’s very important to know that after 24 hours the milk should be discarded if not used. I tried it a few more times as an experiment, left it in the fridge for 48 hours and it turned into this nasty looking, smelly liquid. The time needs to be fairly precise.


If you prefer to make a non-dairy version, here’s how:

Soy milk will pretty much maintain its thickness, no matter how long you soak it for. I left the raisins in for about 36 hours and while it didn’t really thicken, it was amazingly sweet.

For almond milk, the milk will thicken nicely, pretty much to the consistency of soy milk, maybe just a slight bit thicker.

Note: With non-dairy versions, you can reuse your raisins for a second batch. Just be aware that the milk will not thicken at all with recycled raisins. Also, you don’t need to worry about spoilage after a certain amount of time, though with almond milk, there will be a small amount of separation as you can see in the photo above.

Also note: For extra sweetness, blend in the raisins using a blender or hand blender. You won’t believe just how sweet it can get!

Other uses for this are:
  • Smoothies
  • Ice cream
  • Coffee creamer (just add vanilla or another extract for flavoring)

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Clean Eating Condensed Milk

Clean Eating Condensed Milk

Have a recipe that calls for condensed milk? Make it yourself for a much healthier approach.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 servings (1 tbsp. each)
Calories: 22kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • In a storage container, combine both ingredients and set in the fridge for 24 hours.
  • Strain off the milk from the raisins and use the way you would use regular condensed milk!


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 57mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. I have the same feeling! I always thought that evaporated milk was the same as condensed milk, just unsweetened, but the texture is completely different. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – Hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  2. I wonder if it will carmelize like condensed milk does in baking????

    I have made it once already and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindy – I’m not sure, but it’s worth a shot!

  3. Melissa Miller says:

    OMG no way its that easy!!! NICE thanks so much πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melissa – It is!! You’ll see!

  4. trude wofford says:

    I have to try this! I have a few recipes to clean up that call for it! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – You’re welcome!

  5. Dawn Holmgren says:

    My kids are going to be so excited! With out blender we bought it has so many yummy recipes for “ice cream”…..yeah right! It calls for using coffee creamer and both powdered/condensed milk. Now we can make them! I had to read your ingredients over a few times before I would believe my eyes of only TWO INGREDIENTS!! LOL
    Thanks for the tip!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dawn – I know, right?! I love that it’s only 2 ingredients!

  6. I made Gale’s Raisin Biscuits a few weeks ago and they were delicious! I wouldn’t have ever thought to use the “raisin milk” as condensed milk. That’s a wonderful idea. You two are great and really are lifesavers for my clean eating lifestyle.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katrina – Thanks!! I still have to make those biscuits, but I’m sure they’re great!

  7. So do you strain out the raisins for the milk or blend them? I am excited about this recipe. There have been many recipes I couldn’t (wouldn’t) make because of the sweetened cond. milk. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lori – Depends on your end goal. Try the milk by itself and see if you like the sweetness. If you do, strain them out. If you want it sweeter, blend them in. Blending them would be a great way to sweeten something naturally. But be warned, it’s VERY sweet!

  8. Tiffany – I made the raisen milk with almond milk and really liked the taste. Was wondering if you had any idea about the sugar content. I am trying very hard to keep my sugar grams to about 15 per day. If I don’t eat the raisens, wonder what the milk would be in terms of sugar? Oh well…. I also can’t bear to throw the fruit away, put into the freezer to make those raisen bisquits later! Thanks so much, just found your site and really appreciate what you offer us.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Arlene – I wish I had an answer for you. You are not the first to ask. I will have to see if I can figure something out. Wish I could be more help!

  9. Ok i am a little confused up in Gales instructions “It’s very important to know that after 24 hours the milk should be discarded if not used. I tried it a few more times as an experiment, left it in the fridge for 48 hours and it turned into this nasty looking, smelly liquid. The time needs to be fairly precise.”
    then your instructions are, “In a storage container, combine both ingredients and set in the fridge for 24 hours.”
    Would you please clarify? Is it because she used milk and you used almond or soy milk. I am sorry to bother. Sometimes i do not get how to think outside the box lol:)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – No worries! I think what you are referring to is the difference between the milks. After the raisins have been soaking for 24 hours, with regular milk, you then have 24 hours after that to use it up. With other milks such as almond or soy, you have longer.

      1. How long is the almond milk good for?

  10. I love the idea of a clean, condensed milk! Please keep us posted if you try it in any ice cream or baking recipes πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cara – I will! πŸ™‚

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  12. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun says:

    That’s awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll use the almond milk version for sure πŸ™‚

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jen – You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy it!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Jackie – I’m not sure. I would try it with 1 date in 1/2 cup of milk and see what you end up with. If nothing else, you’ll have milk and a date for your breakfast oats!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Cdyer – LOL!! No, I think Gale read about it somewhere and just started experimenting. And since I can’t have dairy, I experimented with a non-dairy version.

  15. Anonymous says:

    JDP – I will say yes, but know that I have not tried it. I do have a pumpkin pie recipe here however that does not require condensed milk at all.

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Aepick – I would check it after a full week, though you will get some separation after the first day or two.

  17. MFasnacht says:

    I am so excited to try this! I’ve been hanging on to my fat free half and half for my morning coffee because I couldn’t find a replacement that worked for me. But I’m going to “brew” this tonight and see how it goes!

    As a side note, kudos to you for doing this site, really! I know how time-consuming sharing this information and responding to everyone can be. And that you provide it for free just to share with others while taking your journey is very very cool. We appreciate it!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      MF – Thank you! I really appreciate your support and kind words. Let me know how you like the condensed milk!

  18. Cupycake786 says:

    Does anyone know what the sugar and carb amounts would be if using almond milk? My mom is watching both but would love to try this for her…she loves condensed milk in her coffee!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Cupycake – Go to the store and see what the carton says on the back. Every brand will be different.

  19. graciouspantry says:

    I just keep them whole.

  20. graciouspantry says:

    It has to sit in the fridge overnight to sweeten and thicken. So yes, you’d have to make a batch ahead of time.

  21. graciouspantry says:

    To the best of my knowledge, so long as there is no added sugar, they are clean.

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  23. graciouspantry says:

    To the best of knowledge, they are all clean. But the only way to be sure is to read the ingredient list. You should only see raisins listed.

  24. Hi there! Just wondering if anyone has tried using coconut milk for this recipe? Does it thicken well?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I haven’t, but I’m sure it would work fine.

  25. Hi this is awesome! Do you know whether it’d work in jelly slice?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Aliki – I’m sorry, I don’t know what jelly slice is…

  26. Ja Ignacio says:

    Hello! This is a very neat idea since my mom LOVES to use condensed milk as much as how people go crazy over peanut butter. Not a fan of both, sad to say. But anyway, I’d like to ask if it’s possible to use something else rather than raisins? Because raisins are very high in sodium and our family is slowly cutting on the sodium intake (since our livers and kidneys are very sensitive, leading us to easy cancer… a family thing on a negative side). I’ve seen other people make their own condensed milk but so far, yours has the least ingredients and very easy to make! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ja – Sorry, no. The only other recipes I know of contain tons of refined sugar.

  27. Hello! I was wondering, if I made this condensed milk and used it to make the clean eating coffee creamer, does this mean that the coffee creamer itself is only good for 24 hours? Based on the comment above that exceeding 24hrs the milk becomes rather nasty. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nancy – Sadly, ya. I don’t recommend doing that. I would either use just the condensed milk as a creamy, or make one of my other creamer recipes with those ingredients.

  28. Josephine says:

    This is super amazing. Thanks for sharing this. I think I may try this with my coffee. I’ve been using almond milk that’s been slightly sweetened but I can try this and see what happens. Sounds super yummy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Josephine – It’s good in coffee! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  29. In case anyone was wondering, it doesn’t really work with coconut milk. πŸ˜› Canned lite coconut milk was the only milk in the house, so I gave it a shot. Steeping the raisins for 24 hours didn’t seem to do much, so I left them in for another 24. At that point, the milk got nice and thick and creamy, and it did get sweet… but it had a weird sharp aftertaste, too. I tried it in Earl Grey and Irish Breakfast tea, and my husband tried it in coffee. None of them were undrinkable, but we weren’t impressed. Blending the rasins in might work better, I’m not sure. On the plus side, coconut-soaked raisins are delicious, and they make a great addition to Irish soda bread!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fal – Haha! Thanks for the input! I’m happy you at least enjoyed the raisins!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Evelyn – I’m sorry, I don’t know what that is. But feel free to post the ingredient list here and I can tell you.

  30. trying this tonight! FYI most Fat free milk or 1/2 and 1/2 has loads of sugar or the other bad stuff. I like that it is a natural alternative as we can hardly ever find organic condensed milk anyway. thank you

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sara – My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it!

  31. Daniele Robbers says:

    So.I am a bit.confused after soaking do you strain the raisins or do you leave them in? I am so co.fused and can I use golden rasins?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Daniele – The raisins are only for thickening and sweetening. Unless you want to blend them in for a super sweet milk, you would remove the raisins from the milk by straining. I haven’t tried golden raisins, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Maybe try a very small sample batch before diving in to be sure.

  32. 5 stars
    Hi! Thanks for the recipe.

    Question about calorie calculation: how many calories do you calculate are added to the milk by virtue of the raisins soaking (and adding sweetness to it)?

    I know you provided estimated calories for your recipe, but I’m wondering how I would adjust the calculations for regular coconut milk? How many additional calories beyond the coconut milk itself do you think the final drink might have?


    1. Susan – I’m not sure, to be honest. I would think it’s pretty minimal, but I have no way to knowing for sure without sending the milk off to a lab for nutrition data. All my data is a ballpark figure. None of it is exact. I’m sorry, I wish I could be more help.

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