Crème Brûlée is a very popular French dessert, enjoyed across the whole world. It contains creamy set custard cream and burnt sugar on top.
It’s often served with a cookie on the side or other sweet crunchy biscuit for additional crunch and texture.
The good news is, there is a way to make vegan Crème Brûlée. In fact, it tastes just as good, if not better. You see, Crème Brûlée is all about the base, which is basically custard.
Making it vegan isn’t that difficult, all you need to eliminate is the eggs and dairy.
What Is Vegan Crème Brûlée Made Of?
Plant-based alternatives are typically used to replace dairy, these include:
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Cream
- Vegan Cream Alternatives
- Dairy-Free Milk
- Nuts Such As Cashews
For the replacement of the eggs, which typically help the custard to thicken, are replaced by agar-agar and other vegan-friendly thickeners such as cornstarch.
Is There Gelatin In Crème Brûlée?
Traditionally crème brûlée isn’t made using gelatin, the thickness is achieved by using egg yolks, that is then cooked down.
Some recipes include cornstarch, but it isn’t needed traditionally.
Vegan crème brûlées often include gelatin and cornstarch, since they cannot make the recipe with eggs.
Is Crème Brûlée a Junk Food?
Crème brûlée is a dessert. Desserts are enjoyed occasionally, just like junk food. So one should treat junk food and desserts the same.
However, what is the point of life, if we cannot enjoy some desserts and a bit of junk food here and there? Eat the crème brûlée, but just make sure you make it a treat!
The Best Vegan Crème Brûlée Recipes
Now, let’s get to the recipes. I have a great selection of recipes for you, most of them use different methods and ingredients. Some have coconut, others don’t, some are made with tofu, and so much more!
So, here they are:
One of the ways to make vegan Vegan Crème Brûlée is by using coconut milk/cream. it’s the perfect substitute for dairy.
This recipe uses coconut milk to achieve that perfect creamy texture we want in a Crème Brûlée.
Sometimes I don’t feel like spending hours cooking, and I like to keep things simple, by using a minimal amount of ingredients.
The good thing is, that this Crème Brûlée only asks for 5 ingredients!
Now, this is an amazing twist to the classic Crème Brûlée! Imagine tucking into this delicious tart, that not only provides creaminess but texture too, that just beautifully compliments the smooth custard.
This is a crème brûlée made with tofu. Tofu adds all the creaminess the crème brûlée needs and more. You see, tofu is high in protein and nutrients, making this dessert slightly healthier.
This recipe is made simply using only 8 ingredients!
Making a crème brûlée, especially making it vegan has many different methods. Some people use thickening agents, while others don’t.
This recipe uses the classical vegan gelatin – agar-agar.
Cashews are known to create incredible creaminess, and that is exactly what we want from a crème brûlée.
Using cashews to achieve that creaminess is an excellent idea unless, of course, you are allergic to nuts!
Traditionally, Crème Brûlée is baked. But, this recipe is very creative. It requires no baking at all!
If you are someone who hasn’t got the time to bake a Crème Brûlée, this recipe is totally for you.
Vegan Crème Brûlée Doughnuts – how good does that sound? Who doesn’t like a good doughnut, if you like Crème Brûlée and doughnuts, then isn’t this just perfect?
It’s a super comforting dessert, so make sure you make a big batch!
Okay, so there are some people out there that just really, really don’t like the taste of coconut, and that’s totally fine.
A lot of vegan Creme Brûlées are made using coconut milk, however, you are in luck, because this recipe doesn’t need coconut at all!
This vegan Creme Brûlée has got a very interesting twist added to it. It’s particularly suitable for festive periods like Christmas.
However, if you like the gingerbread taste, you can make it any time of the year really!
How To Make Vegan Creme Brûlée
- 1 Kitchen Torch A kitchen torch is essential when it comes to making a Creme Brûlée
- 1 ½ cups/375ml unsweetened dairy free milk
- ½ cup/200ml of full-fat coconut milk from a can
- ¼ cup/50g sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon agar agar powder I used this one
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp vegan-friendly butter
- 4 tbsp of extra sugar for the topping
- To a meduim sized deep pan, add the almond milk, coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch, agar agar, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the ingredients are fully combined with the milk and there are no lumps of anything.
- Add the vegan butter and heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until it comes to a simmer and starts to thicken, For about 3-4 minutes.
- Once the milk has thickened, immediately divide it between four 4-oz porcelain ramekins and let it cool at room temperature. After that, refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4-6 hours.
- For the topping: sprinkle about one tablespoon of sugar on top of each ramekin. Use your finger to spread it into an even layer.
- Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar: hold the torch 2-3-inch away from the ramekins and use a circular motion to caramelize the sugar evenly.
- Let the caramel harden for a few minutes and then serve!