Dairy-Free Coconut Crème Caramel
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This dairy-free creme caramel couldn't be easier. The trickiest part is getting the caramel topping just right, but the rich and jiggle-y filling is as simple as mix, pour, and bake!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4 servings
Caramel Topping
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
Coconut Crème Filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup original or vanilla coconut milk beverage (see note below)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract (can sub rum extract or orange extract)
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut or desiccated coconut (optional)
Caramel Topping
  1. Place the sugar in a small saucepan and drizzle the water over it. Swirl the pan to help the sugar dissolve.
  2. Place the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Do not stir! Watch carefully. Cook on high for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sugar mixture becomes dark golden brown or amber color. Do not let it burn or smoke. Occasionally swirl the pan to distribute the syrup as one side may burn because of the balance of the burner or stove.
  3. Immediately pour the syrup into the bottom of a 4-to 6-cup casserole dish or into 4 (6-ounce) ramekins. Swirl it around gently to cover the bottom and just a little up the sides. Allow the caramel to cool - it will harden. This will be the decoration for the top.
Coconut Crème Filling
  1. Preheat your oven to 325ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the milk beverage, sugar, extract, and salt, and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the coconut, if using.
  3. Gently pour the mixture over the hardened caramel syrup in your casserole dish or ramekins.
  4. Bake the crème caramel for 20 to 25 minutes. The center will jiggle. Allow to cool at room temperature.
  5. Once cool, refrigerate the dairy-free coconut crème caramel for 5 hours or overnight. It can be made 2 to 3 days in advance.
  6. To serve, gently run a knife around the edge(s) to loosen, and quickly invert the dessert onto a serving plate(s). Allow any liquid caramel to drizzle over the top(s).
Coconut Milk Note & Options: Using milk beverage makes this a lighter flan. For a slightly richer finish, you can use lite canned coconut milk. For a more decadent dessert with more coconut depth in the flavor, use regular canned coconut milk. Just shake the can, and then measure out the amount you need.

Refined Sugar-Free Options: You can use coconut sugar in place of the white sugar. It is slightly less sweet, but also caramelizes nicely.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 flan or ¼ flan Calories: 131 Fat: 4.2g Saturated fat: 2.4g Carbohydrates: 21.2g Sugar: 20.5g Sodium: 74mg Fiber: .5g Protein: 2.9g
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-coconut-creme-caramel