Can I substitute condensed milk for regular milk?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can I substitute condensed milk for regular milk?”, and what are the other substitutes for regular milk?

Can I substitute condensed milk for regular milk?

No, condensed milk cannot be substituted for regular milk. It is because regular milk and condensed milk differ a lot in terms of taste, flavor, and consistency. 100 grams of condensed milk contains over 50g of sugar and has a cooked or caramelized taste to it. However, there are plenty of other options available if you run out of fresh milk.

What is condensed milk?

Condensed milk is a milk product that is prepared by removing about 60% of the water from dairy milk. For this, milk is heated at about 85-90°C temperature. Sucrose is added to milk till approximately half the ratio of sugar to milk is achieved. Sucrose acts as a preservative by increasing the osmotic pressure of the fluid, thus, preventing microbial growth.

Uses of condensed milk

Condensed milk is a staple ingredient of some desserts, some of which are described below.

Coconut Flan

Condensed milk is used along with coconut milk to make coconut flan. With a hint of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg, this dessert is an absolute delight.

Key lime pie

This pie has a crunchy graham cracker base and is topped with condensed milk flavored with lemon or lime zest, juice, and fused with egg yolks. Play around with the crust and do not hesitate to experiment with a cookie dough base.

Coffee ice pops

The popsicle is made of a rich amalgam of cream and condensed milk and is drenched in coffee to give a caffeine boost.

Tres leches cake

A plain vanilla sponge is poked with a small skewer to make holes and a mixture of condensed milk and regular or coconut milk is poured onto the cake. When the milk is absorbed fully, it is topped off with caramel or whipped cream.


These are small orbs of condensed milk that are coated with unsweetened cocoa powder and rolled onto desiccated coconut or chocolate or colorful sprinkles.


Chocolate chips with 70% cocoa combined with marshmallows and peanut butter for a salty hint make for a perfect treat for fudge lovers.

Banoffee pie

Banoffee pie is made with caramelized condensed milk which is poured onto a buttery graham cracker base and is topped off with bananas and whipped cream.

Dairy substitutes for regular milk

Evaporated milk

Evaporated milk is made by dehydrating fresh milk. Add water to evaporated milk to reconstitute fresh milk according to your recipe.


Cream is a high-calorie dairy-based substitute for fresh milk. It has a high-fat content and a thick consistency. Add water to adjust the fluidity according to your recipe.

Part this Part that

If you do have milk but not enough of it, then try mixing it with cream until you achieve the desired consistency. 

Milk powder

Milk powder is made by dehydrating fresh milk to a water level of 5%. Add water to it to reach the desired consistency to reconstitute fresh milk.

Other FAQs about Milk which you may be interested in.

Can evaporated milk be substituted for condensed milk?

Non-dairy substitutes for regular milk

Soya milk

Soy milk is a good non-dairy alternative for evaporated milk. Soya milk has a similar composition and appearance to regular dairy milk. Use soya milk by evaporating some of the water.

Avoid using if you have a soy allergy or refrain from using products made from genetically engineered crops.

Rice milk

Rice milk has a pleasant sweet taste and is made by filtering the leftover water from grinding soaked rice. This low fat and low protein alternative can be heated to the desired consistency or add cornflour or cornstarch to it. People with diabetes should go for this option because of its high GI(Glycemic Index) value.

Nut milk

Nut milk extracted from nuts like almonds, cashews, and hazelnut is very popular. Nut milk has lesser calories and low protein content, therefore, good for people who are watching out for weight gain. Avoid using if you have a nut allergy.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is an excellent non-dairy alternative. This high calorie and high protein milk made by grinding coconut fruit and is a rich source of minerals and lauric acid.

Oat milk

Oat milk is made by grinding oats with water. This alternative is packed with fiber and beta-glucans which promote digestive health and fight bad cholesterol.

Flax milk

Flax milk is made by mixing flaxseed oil with water or grinding flaxseeds with water and filtering the residue. This low-calorie substitute is rich in omega 3 fatty acid.


In this article, we answered the question “Can I substitute condensed milk for regular milk?”, and what are the other substitutes for regular milk.


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.