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3 vegan creme brulees in red heart shaped ramekins on white marble table surrounded with crumpled red cloth and gold spoons
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Vegan Crème Brulee

This smooth and velvety Vegan Crème Brulee is so simple, quick and easy to make, you'll be surprised you didn't make it before! Gluten-free, no refined sugar and a perfectly crisp burnt sugar top.
Prep Time10 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chilled dessert, dairy-free, easy, eggless, plant-based, quick, simple, vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Reena Sharma


  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 500 ml plant milk
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp brown sugar


  • Make a paste with the cornstarch and a little milk in a saucepan.
  • Add in the remaining milk, vanilla extract and sugar and place on a medium heat.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes until thick and creamy and mixture coats back of the wooden spoon.
  • Pour into ramekins and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Remove from fridge and add 1 tsp brown sugar to the surface of each, spreading gently with the back of the spoon to coat the surface.
  • Carefully, using a blow torch, heat the sugar, moving the torch around in small circular motions, so that it becomes a golden liquid. It will solidify within seconds once the heat source is removed. Please see notes for burning sugar without a blowtorch.


  • Soya milk can be replaced with any other plant milk. If you prefer an extra thick and creamy texture, you can use full-fat coconut milk in the custard recipe, but use 1 less tablespoon of cornstarch
  • Sugar can be used instead of maple syrup
  • For mixing up the flavours a little, replace the vanilla extract with almond extract, or add a little cocoa powder and some orange or mint extract to go down the chocolate path
  • The burnt sugar topping can be omitted and this dessert can be enjoyed as a crème caramel or panacotta style pudding – still absolutely delicious


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 491IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 1mg