No-Bake Vegan Candied Apple Flan
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Note that the prep time doesn't include cooling and chilling time. This is a great make ahead recipe!
Serves: 4 servings
Candy Coating:
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons beet juice (for color) or water
  • 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
Apple Custard:
  • ½ cup plain dairy-free milk alternative
  • 2 medium green apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tablespoons non-GMO cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon dairy-free buttery spread or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. For the candy coating, place the sugar, beet juice or water, and agave in a medium sauce pan over low heat. Stir just until the sugar dissolves, and then keep that spatula far away from this mixture to prevent crystallization.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the syrup turns a deep golden brown. Quickly remove from the heat and divide the hot caramel equally among 4 lightly greased ramekins. It won't look like very much, but just be sure to tilt each ramekin around so that the caramel completely covers the bottom. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  3. For the apple custard, place the milk alternative, diced apples, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook the apples until fork tender.
  4. Transfer the apple mixture into your blender. Thoroughly puree until completely smooth, and add in the cornstarch. Blend once more to fully incorporate the starch, scraping down the sides of the canister if needed.
  5. Return the liquid to the stove and whisk continuously, cooking for an additional 5 - 10 minutes, until the mixture has slightly thickened and small bubbles have begun to break on the surface. Whisk in the buttery spread or oil and vanilla.
  6. Equally divide the mixture between four 3-ounce ramekins, and tap them gently on the counter to smooth out the top. Let the custard cool to room temperature before moving the ramekins in to your refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours.
  7. To serve, place a plate on top of one ramekin and quickly flip both over together. Remove the ramekin and unveil you candied apple creation!
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at