Creme caramel is a famous French dessert that consists of a vanilla custard with a texture similar to flan, and a delicious caramel on top.
It usually contains eggs to firm up the creme, but here we are going with a combination of coconut milk and agar to get a rich and creamy consistency with a firm texture.
And to take this crème caramel to the next level, I included a crunchy salted coconut topping! SO GOOD!
We start by preparing the caramel. To keep it refined-sugar free, I went with a combination of maple syrup and coconut sugar. You combine them in a small saucepan and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar and let it caramelize a bit.
I’m also sharing another way to make a more traditional caramel in the recipe notes if you don’t want to use maple syrup and coconut sugar.
Next, divide the caramel into 4 small ramequins and let it harden at room temperature.
In the meantime, you prepare the creme. Almond milk is combined with coconut milk for richness, maple syrup for a delicate sweetness, and vanilla for flavor. Then we have cornstarch and agar that will make the creme firm up once cooled.
Here is a quick tip if you want your creme caramel to look good: let the vanilla creme cool down a bit before pouring into the ramequins. I found out that if you pour it while still hot, the creme tends to separate a bit on top.
Finally, refrigerate for at least 8 hours before flipping over a plate. The caramel will “melt” over the creme caramel!
If you want to make these cremes caramel fancier, I highly recommend making the salted coconut topping! It consists of shredded coconut and coconut flakes combined with maple syrup and salt that are toasted until golden brown and crunchy.
I hope you will all love these cremes caramel! They are full of vanilla flavor, rich, and melt in your mouth! The caramel on top goes perfectly with the coconutty creme.
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
- 2 tbsp (30ml) maple syrup
- 2 tbsp (22g) coconut sugar
- 1/4 tsp white vinegar (or lemon juice)
- 1 and 1/2 cup (354ml) almond milk
- 3/4 cup (177ml) full-fat coconut milk
- 3 tbsp (45ml) maple syrup
- 2 tbsp (16g) cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp agar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Salted Coconut Crumble (optional)
- 2 tbsp (10g) shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp (10g) large coconut flakes
- 1 tsp (5ml) maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Start by preparing the caramel. Add the maple syrup, coconut sugar, and white vinegar to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring regularly until it starts to boil. Once boiling, let it boil for about 30 seconds, keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.
- Immediately remove from heat and divide the caramel into 4 small ramequins. Tilt each ramequin to spread the caramel in the bottom. Set aside and let it cool for at least 20 minutes.
- In a medium-size saucepan, combine the almond milk, coconut milk, and maple syrup. Add the cornstarch and agar and whisk to dissolve.
- Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until it thickens (usually just before boiling). Once it has thickened, remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, and whisk again.
- Cover the saucepan with a lid and let it cool about 15 minutes before pouring into the ramequins over the caramel. I recommend letting it cool a bit because if you pour it immediately over the caramel it will make it melt and it won’t result in good looking cremes caramel.
- Let the creme caramel cool a bit at room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, the creme caramel will thicken and slightly harden.
- To serve, run a knife along the edges of each ramequin, cover with a plate and flip it. The caramel will be on top and cover the creme. Serve fresh, topped with the salted coconut crumble!
Salted Coconut Crumble (optional)
- Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix the shredded coconut, coconut flakes, maple syrup, and salt.
- Spread the coconut on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Let it cool completely before using.
For a more traditional caramel: place 1/4 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. Add 1 tbsp of water. Heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved and starts boiling. After another 1-2 minutes, it get nice golden brown color. At this point, remove from heat immediately as you don’t want the caramel to burn, and divide into the ramequins.
- Serving Size: 1 Creme Caramel (without topping)
- Calories: 158
- Sugar: 19.3g
- Fat: 5.9g
- Carbohydrates: 26g
- Fiber: 0.4g
- Protein: 0.9g