Paleo Creme Brulee

Almost as long as I’ve been married, crème brulée has been a Christmas tradition. As fancy as it looks, it’s actually surprisingly easy to make, though it’s the wait time that’s the killer, especially for someone as impatient as me.

This year, crème brulée made with dairy and sugar simply wasn’t an option, but coconut milk and honey was the perfect replacement. I was able to convert my old favorite recipe 1:1 and it still came out perfect. And in place of the turbinado sugar for the topping, I used maple sugar instead, which I might even like better! Maple sugar is just maple syrup that has been dried and granulated. And it tastes like maple syrup!

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee | Our Paleo Life

Although the custard-y deliciousness inside the ramekin is amazing, I think my favorite part about a crème brulée is using my spoon to crack through the carmelized topping and crunching down on that crunchy/creamy combination. So much perfection.

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee | Our Paleo Life

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13 Comments on “Paleo Creme Brulee

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  2. John Lewis

    So I tried this tonight for the sake of my temporarily dairy-free friends, and it turned out edible but definitely not on par with the version I have typically made with cream. I think using just yolks is key for this paleo edition, because the coconut milk doesn’t have the fat (and perhaps protein) content of cream. I used some egg white along with the yolk which is usually fine, but I’ll have to try again with yolks only.

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    1. Kendra

      I have only made it with a vanilla bean, so I can’t say for sure how much extract to use, although I think about 1-2 tsp would be good. Please let me know how it turns out if you try it.

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  8. Jo

    I stumbled upon this while in Pinterest and I never have left a comment until now. You just became my hero. I just started a modified, aka limited Paleo diet per my Chiropracter/Nutritionist. I grew up in Wisconsin and dairy is prized in my family, from cheese, butter, milk, buttermilk, cream, I love it all. My number one dessert is crème brulee. In fact when my sister’s and I went to Vegas we raided the buffet of an embarrassing amount of crème brulee and unashamedly took extra to save for breakfast! You just gave me the greatest gift ever, knowing that my number one dessert will in fact not be forever off my list of foods I can eat. And the maple sugar as the topping, mind blown! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can heal my body, have my ‘cake’ and eat it too!

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    1. Kendra Benson

      Yes, that would work just great. I found the Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream after I created this recipe, but have made it with it and it works great.

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