Dairy-Free Indulgences: Vanilla Almond Pots De Creme

I hope everyone had a memorable Christmas, full of healthy goodies and good times with the family! Who else did not feel miserable and overly full after yesterday’s feast? With nourishing food, it’s so much easier to feel satisfied with proper portions!

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Here’s an easy, delicious tweak to my Pots De Creme recipe for all you dairy-free folks. It’s just as creamy as the chocolate version, but it is less heavy and a bit sweeter. Using erythritol as the sweetener causes a nice crust to be formed on top of the chilled custard, reminiscent of creme bruelee! As for flavor, the almond extract is really good in this, so don’t skip it! The original recipe calls for vanilla beans, so use those if you like. One of these days I’ll get around to ordering some bean pods off of ebay. Using the scrapings of the pod would add pretty dark flecks!

Make this impressive dessert for a New Year’s gathering with a few good friends. No one will have any idea that these are low carb, sugar-free, gluten-free treats as they’re cleaning out the ramekin with a spoon. Or hog it all for yourself and have a blissful six pots-de-creme-filled days. They look like so much more work than they are, no?

Vanilla Almond Pots De Creme (Dairy-Free)
Adapted from a recipe at GourmetSleuth

Makes 6 servings

2 cups full fat coconut milk
6 egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 cup erythritol
1/8 teaspoon good-tasting pure stevia extract
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil or nonhydrogenated shortening (may or may not be necessary)
1/16-1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Measure out two cups of coconut milk from the can. If you don’t have enough milk, drop in chunks of coconut oil (or pour in liquid oil) until you have two cups of coconut milk/oil. I had to do this because the can didn’t contain the full two cups of coconut milk.

Heat 1 3/4 cup of coconut milk (or coconut milk/oil mixture) over medium low heat. Whisk egg yolks for a minute or two until they are a bit thick. Whisk in sugar, salt, and the reserved 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Stream hot coconut milk into egg yolk mixture very slowly, whisking the whole time. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Strain the mixture into a measuring cup if desired (I didn’t do this). Place six pots de creme cups in a large deep pan. Divide mixture amongst the cups. Pour enough warm water in pan to come up the sides of the cups half way. Cover the pan with foil (I didn’t do this, either). Bake for 45-55 minutes (mine took 50), or until still jiggly in the center but set around the edges. Lay a paper towel over the tops of the serving cups and chill for 2-4 hours until serving. Store individual servings wrapped in a paper towel and plastic wrap.

~3.5g net carbs per serving

7 Comments on Dairy-Free Indulgences: Vanilla Almond Pots De Creme

  1. fit lil fiddle
    December 27, 2008 at 12:01 am (14 years ago)

    That soundfs delicious! All I had too see was coconut milk in the recipe to know I have to make it. Yum!!!

  2. Suze
    December 27, 2008 at 12:16 am (14 years ago)

    er…egg yolks?? How many?

  3. Lauren
    December 27, 2008 at 1:17 am (14 years ago)

    fit lil fiddle – Enjoy!

    Suze – Fixed! Thank you. 🙂

  4. Kimberly
    December 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm (14 years ago)

    Just wanted to let you know I made your red velvet cake for Christmas. YUMMY!! Mine wasn’t quiet as moist as your picture looked, but still really good:)Others in my family ate some and liked it as well. Thanks!

  5. chumpman
    December 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm (14 years ago)

    i am so tempted by the Vanilla Almond Pots De Creme. looks super yummy! great post and recipe!

  6. Lauren
    December 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm (14 years ago)

    Kim – Glad you enjoyed the cake! Hmm, as for moisture, I live in a very humid climate which may have something to do with it. You might try adding another 1/4 cup of yogurt if you decide to make it again. Thanks for sharing your experience with it!

    Chumpman – Thank you! Hope you like it. 🙂

  7. Anonymous
    February 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm (12 years ago)

    I am going to make this today and enjoy tonight!