Keto and dairy-free vanilla custard

Just like grandma used to make... only better! We took the cream out of the creamy custard, but it is still... wait for it... creamy. Wait 'til you taste it!
Just like grandma used to make... only better! We took the cream out of the creamy custard, but it is still... wait for it... creamy. Wait 'til you taste it!


4 servingservings
  • 6 6 egg yolkegg yolks
  • ½ cup 125 ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons 60 ml melted coconut oil or unsalted butter


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Whisk together egg yolks, almond milk, vanilla and optional sweetener in medium metal bowl.
  2. Slowly mix in the melted coconut oil or butter. Be sure the oil isn't too hot, or the eggs may cook unevenly.
  3. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk the mixture constantly and vigorously until thickened. Your instant-read thermometer should register 140°F for 3 full minutes. Usually, this means about 5 minutes of total cooking time. (When ready, it should coat the back of a spoon.)
  4. Remove the custard from the water bath. Serve either warm or chilled. (If serving chilled, it can be prepared 1-3 days ahead and refrigerated. Re-whisk before serving.)


Check out Maria’s recipe for Biscuits and Gravy if you’re wondering what to do with the left-over egg whites!

This recipe is part of a collaboration with Maria Emmerich, a best-selling American cookbook author. Check out her website for more keto inspiration and recipes.

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  1. Luka Lavrin
    Could you make this recipe with coconut milk instead of almond milk?
  2. Maryrose
    I have used both in cooking low carb dishes, and also coconut cream is fab, and non dairy !
  3. Bana
    Honey is not keto apporved, it will spike your bloodsugar.
  4. Liz
    Bana, it is 1/4 t per serving giving 1.5g carbs, and also optional.
  5. Jennifer
    Please don't list a recipe as "keto" if you're listing obviously non-keto items in the recipe (honey). This confuses people who are just starting keto and still learning.
  6. Rachel
    Jennifer, the amount of honey is not a lot in carbs and optional means you don't have to include it.
  7. mary
    so when i made this recipe. it was really frothy but never really thickened after about six mintues it all seperated like it curdled. What did i do wrong?
  8. LHK
    If you don’t have an issue with dairy it probably would be better, and more “keto”, if you used cream instead of almond milk.
  9. Emilia
    Mine also curdled. Not sure where I went wrong because I followed the recipe exactly.
  10. Allison
    If it curdles in the pot immediately transfer to a blender. Instant fix!
  11. Sandra
    This is the third Maria Emmerich recipe I've used and they've all be a disaster. I followed instructions to the letter and this custard burned half-way through the baking process. I skimmed off the burnt top and what was left had a horrible, grainy texture. No more Emmerich recipes for me. I don't think they're well tested.
  12. Sibz
    Had a very bland taste to the point I had to add more vanilla and Syrup after cooking. Very light and not the nicest . Sorry

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