This 6-minute vegan custard recipe is so easy to make, deliciously creamy and a healthier alternative to traditional versions. It’s smooth, light and so crowd-pleasing!
If you love creamy and healthy desserts, this citrusy vegan custard infused with coconut milk and vanilla is right up your alley!
Better than any traditional pudding, it’s a decadent, glamorous addition to any treat that will surely satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.
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This vegan almond milk custard is our favorite healthier dessert, right on par with this quick date caramel.
It’s a low-sugar recipe that can be enjoyed hot or cold by the spoonful!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Slightly sweet & heavenly creamy
- Undetectably vegan & healthy
- Ready in about 5 minutes
- Perfect vanilla and lemon balance
- Versatile & customizable vegan dessert
- Meal prep-friendly
Our vegan custard requires only 5-6 ingredients to make, each of them carefully chosen to create the perfect result! Let’s take a look.
- Coconut milk — we used the low-fat variety because it’s creamy enough for us, but that’s up to you!
- Almond milk — pairs wonderfully with coconut milk but can be replaced with cashew or soy milk.
- Lemon juice & zest — these offer some freshness and balance out the sweet vanilla flavor.
- Rice syrup — this light sweetener makes for a lovely color & taste!
- Vanilla extract — for the traditional vanilla custard flavor.
- Arrowroot powder — that’s our thickener for this recipe!
In terms of kitchen equipment, you need a medium-sized saucepan, whisk and measuring equipment to make this custard.
How to make vegan custard
- Mix the arrowroot powder with cold almond milk. This step is essential to avoid lumps!
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil, stirring continuously, then turn down the heat.
- Stir until the mixture thickens and turns into custard.
After a few minutes, you’ll be left with heavenly creamy vegan custard which you can use right away!
Storage & serving suggestions
This vegan vanilla custard is perfect for any tart, cake or pie! It can also be enjoyed on its own as a pudding or topped with fruit.
Use it to make eclairs, custard cream cake or fill doughnuts with it — the sky’s the limit.
Once cooked, this vegan custard needs to be chilled if you want to store it in the fridge. Transfer it into a lidded container and keep it for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator for later use.
Tips & FAQs
Temperature & stirring
The arrowroot powder needs to be stirred into cold plant-based milk and whisked well to ensure there are no lumps.
It also requires constant stirring and some patience until it becomes nice and thick — don’t set the heat above medium while cooking your custard.
If you do end up with some lumps, simply pour the sauce through a sieve before chilling or serving.
You can make your vegan custard as saucy or thick and pudding-like as you want by simply adjusting the amount of arrowroot powder in this recipe.
If you cannot find this powdered thickener at your local store, you can swap it for some cornstarch, potato starch, agar powder or tapioca, but all of these will result in slightly different consistencies.
Depending on your personal preference, using one over the other makes a lot of sense — just start with the thickener you have on hand and go from there.
For a really thick and creamy vegan custard, use high-fat coconut milk or our homemade almond creamer!
Almond milk or coconut milk?
These two vegan milk alternatives are our favorite choices when it comes to making this recipe.
However, you can pretty much use any other type, such as soy, cashew or oat, when following this recipe.
Full-fat coconut milk can make for a richer vegan custard pudding, and using vegan milk alternatives that have added sugar naturally results in sweeter custard.
Feel free to omit or reduce the lemon zest and juice to make your custard sweeter. You can also add more rice syrup or swap it for white sugar!
If you mix the arrowroot powder with cocoa powder and milk before heating your custard, you can create an easy and delicious velvety chocolate custard or pudding! Be sure to add more sweetener to balance out the cocoa.
Can vegans eat custard?
Vegan can’t eat traditional custard because it’s made with cow’s milk, cream and eggs.
However, it’s really easy to make vegan custard by using a few food swaps: almond milk instead of cow’s milk and arrowroot powder instead of eggs!
Follow our delicious recipe and never look back.
More vegan desserts
We have more tasty, easy and healthy vegan dessert recipes on our blog that you need to try next.
- Raw Caramel Slice
- Fudgy Blackout Brownies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cinnamon Nut Rolls
- Chocolate Mousse Cake
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- ¼ cup low-fat coconut milk (60 ml)
- 1 cup almond milk (240 ml)
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons rice syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- Add the arrowroot powder into a medium-sized saucepan and mix it with the almond milk.
- Add the coconut milk, vanilla extract, syrup, lemon juice and lemon zest to the saucepan, whisk to combine and place over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil, stirring continuously, then turn to low heat and continue to stir until the mixture thickens and turns into a cream.
- Serve warm or place in a food container in the refrigerator to chill. It can be kept in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
- You can replace the rice syrup with any other sweetener of choice, but keep in mind that dark ones like maple syrup will change the color of the custard filling.
- Instead of almond and low-fat coconut milk, you can use other plant-based milk alternatives to suit your needs.
- For a more yellow vegan custard, add a pinch of turmeric powder.
- Make sure to mix the arrowroot powder with cold plant-based milk and don’t put the head above medium — avoid boiling at this stage!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!