Today, we’re going to be answering the question: is sweetened condensed milk gluten-free? And taking a look at gluten-free recipes. But first, let’s take a look at what condensed milk is. And then, we can determine its gluten-free status.
What Is Sweetened Condensed Milk?
You’ll likely already know what this milk is! But if you’re unfamiliar, this type of milk is simply milk in which sugar is an additive. It works as a preservative, and of course, makes it even sweeter! It’s great for sweet treats such as cheesecakes and millionaire’s shortbread. It also works well in cakes, milkshakes, and even cocktails. It’s super creamy, super sweet – and utterly delicious!
Ingredients in Condensed Milk
The only ingredients that you’ll usually find in this variety of milk are whole milk and sugar.
Is Condensed Milk Gluten-Free?
As you can probably tell from the ingredients, condensed milk does not contain any gluten ingredients. And according to The Gluten Free Bar, all of the varieties (at the time of this article) are gluten-free and safe for gluten-free consumption.
However, it’s always best to check the ingredients labels of any product, as ingredients are subject to change at any given time.
Is Evaporated Milk Gluten-Free?
Evaporated milk is similar to that condensed. However, there is no added sugar in evaporated milk. The good news is that I was unable to find any that were not gluten-free! So at the time of writing this article, all options are gluten-free. However, be sure to check labels and be extra vigilant when consuming any products.
Is Carnation Sweetened Condensed Milk Gluten-Free?
Carnation is a brand of milk products that you’ll likely know if you enjoy home baking or cooking. According to their website, their milk is gluten-free and does not contain any gluten ingredients. It’s all-natural and only has two ingredients: whole milk and sugar.
You can find out more about the Carnation milk range here.
It’s important to note that even their Vegan Condensed Milk alternative is gluten-free. Although oat flour is an ingredient, they source gluten-free oat flour. It also carries a “gluten-free” claim. This means that the product must go through testing and meet guidelines set by the FDA to confirm its gluten-free status.
Gluten-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
As mentioned, I was unable to find any brands that contained any gluten ingredients. If you’re more comfortable opting for a product with gluten-free claims, Carnation may be the best choice for you. However, all are considered gluten-free and safe when following a gluten-free lifestyle.
Brands such as Thai Kitchen also carry a gluten-free label on their milk and are a well-known gluten-free brand. Some people feel happier buying food and drink products that carry this label.
There are many sweet treats you can make using condensed milk, but I thought I’d share with you my two favorites today.
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Gluten-Free Lemon Brownies
The first are these gluten-free lemonies from My Gluten-Free Kitchen! What more could you ask for than a mixture of lemon and brownies? Utterly delicious! This is definitely the most time-consuming of the two recipes today, but in my opinion – definitely worth it!
The ingredients you’ll need for the recipe are the following:
- Gluten-Free Flour Blend
- Xanthan Gum
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Lemon Juice
- Lemon Zest
- Powdered Sugar
While that may seem like a lot of ingredients, I’m sure most of them you’ll already have in your pantry or fridge. It takes just 20 minutes to prep, 25 minutes to cook, and then a few hours once the glaze has gone over the top. They are the perfect sweet treat, without being terribly unhealthy too!
Easy Coconut Macaroons
If you’re looking for something super quick and super easy – then look no further. This is definitely the recipe for you. Macaroons are often naturally gluten-free, so are very easy to make at home. These Gluten-Free Easy Coconut Macaroons recipe from Mom Foodie are simply incredible – and you only need three ingredients. Plus, they’ll be ready in just 15 minutes!
The ingredients you’ll need are:
- 3 1/2 cups of shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup condensed milk
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
Once you’ve got your ingredients, the recipe couldn’t be easier! All you need to do is:
- Preheat oven to 325F and line a muffin tin with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, mix the coconut and the milk until mixed well.
- Once mixed, use a spoon to put some of the mixtures into the lined muffin tin holes. The mixture should be compact by this point and should not be falling apart.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. They should start to look slightly brown.
- Once cooled, melt the chocolate and drizzle over the top.
- Leave to harden, and they’re ready to serve!
It really is that easy to make these delicious treats. The best part is that they come highly recommended in the gluten-free community too. Do you have any recipes for sweet treats that you want to share? If so, please feel free to share in the comments below. I love reading through new recipes!
I hope this article has helped to answer the question: is sweetened condensed milk gluten-free? And helped you to become more familiar with just some of the amazing gluten-free goodies you can make with it. The good news for us is that it’s super easy to find gluten-free milk – and even vegan GF alternatives too, meaning it’s suitable for a range of dietary lifestyles.
Are there any milk brands that you think are worthy of a mention? Or are you going to try one of our recipes? If so, I would love to hear how they turn out – so let me know below. Sharing is caring!
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