Healthy Crème Brûlée

Two years ago, around the time when I first started this blog, I remember being so excited to get into the kitchen and bake (pretty much the same feeling I get today, but still).  I loved the whole food-blogging process:  baking, photographing, writing, posting.  I loved stealing my sister’s fancy camera to snap some photos, and I remember smiling as I wrote the post.  I remember how shocked I was when I realized that people had actually found my blog, and were reading it, surprisingly enough.

Two years ago, just like today, I had a gazillion bookmarks to scroll through on “baking day” to find the perfect recipe to bake.  I remember never being able to choose and having to ask everybody else what they wanted — chocolate cake, krispy treats, or cupcakes?  What what what??

Healthy Crème Brûlée

People would be like, “Oooo can you make [an extraordinarily difficult dessert to healthify here]?!?!?!”

And my smile would go away.  Hello people, I’m a total baking newbie, do you seriously think I can pull that off?  Especially when it took me seven trials to get my first recipe ever to taste good?

Healthy Crème Brûlée

All of that flashes back to me when I see, smell and taste this amazing Creme Brulee…  this secretly healthy Creme Brulee.  I remember everyone begging me to make it and me sadly declining out of fear that I wouldn’t be able to make it.

Creme Brulee is a classic unhealthy dessert — with the heavy cream, insane amount of egg yolks, pile of sugar, etc.  But I did it!  It might not be vegan, and it might not be cholesterol-free, but in my eyes and the eyes of everybody who tried it, this Creme Brulee is the BEST it can get.

Healthy Crème Brûlée

This Creme Brulee is mouth watering, creamy, sweet, rich and oh so sinful tasting.  But it’s sinless.  It’s impossible to feel guilty with this on your plate, especially when it’s placed side-by-side with a typical Creme Brulee.  Just look at the ingredient list (and nutrition label below!) — no heavy cream, no refined sugar, and organic eggs.

Oh, and it’s so easy a caveman I could do it.  So you can too!

Healthy Homemade Creme Brûlée [low fat]

Yield: 10 shallow (2.5oz) ramekins [seen in photographs] OR 5 - 6oz ramekins

Calories per serving: 80 (vs. 430 in original recipe)

Fat per serving: 4g (vs. 35g in original recipe)

Healthy Homemade Creme Brûlée [low fat]

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place 10 shallow ramekins or 5 deep ramekins in a deep pan (I put 4 shallow ramekins and 3 deep ramekins in a 9x13x2 pan)
  2. In a stand mixer with whisk attachment, add the egg yolks, vanilla paste and stevia.
  3. Add the yogurt and almond milk and mix on medium speed for ~5-8 minutes, or until pale yellow and bubbly.
  4. Pour the mixture into the ramekins. Pour warm water into the pan between the ramekins to make a water bath for the ramekins (water should reach a little over half the height of the ramekins)
  5. CAREFULLY place the pan in the oven (it helps to have another person open the oven door for you, when I tried doing this by myself I got water in a few of the ramekins -_-) and bake for ~20-23 minutes for the shallow ramekins, and bake for ~35-38 minutes for the deep ramekins. Bake until edges are set and centers are just slightly jiggly.
  6. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and let the ramekins cool untouched for 30 minutes in the pan in the water bath.
  7. Remove the ramekins from the pan and let cool completely.
  8. Sprinkle the surface of the creme brûlée with erythritol and use a blowtorch to melt the sugar and form a crispy surface. Serve immediately with fresh strawberries or your fruit of choice!

Notes

*Other healthy granulated sweeteners may work, but DO NOT use coconut sugar as it does not crystallize. I tried it, it just turns into a syrup.

Recipe adapted from: Alton Brown

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/creme-brulee/

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Rub your eyes, pinch yourself, give yourself a slap in the face, whatever it takes to make you realize that you’re not dreaming!  You can have creme brulee for 80 calories, 4g of fat and 7g of protein, saving yourself 350 calories, 31g of fat (and holy crap 22.5g of saturated fat), and 17g of sugar.

Healthy Crème Brûlée

Indulge…  sinlessly.

Labels: Eggs, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Nutrition-Label, Pies-Mousses-Tarts-and-Cheesecakes, Sugar-Free, Yogurt

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Comments (23)

  1. abi: June 1, 2013

    I’ve just spent ages trying to find healthy recipes to use up a load of egg yolks i’ve got in. I was thinking of making a creme brulee, but all the recipes I found were too unhealthy or had ingredients I didn’t have! You have made my day. I think i’m going to make it for breakfast tomorrow. Yum!

  2. Diane: June 2, 2013

    OMG, I can not wait to try this!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. Marian: June 2, 2013

    This sounds and looks delicious! I will try it! Thank you!!!

  4. Ben: June 2, 2013

    Are you going to associate every single desert with guilt? Maybe try changing your taste spotting/food gawker description and you won’t seem like you fear food.

  5. dessertswithbenefits: June 2, 2013

    I definitely do not associate every dessert with guilt, but a dessert such as creme brûlée is definitely one of those guilty desserts… In my eyes at least, you may think otherwise which is totally fine :)
    And I do not fear food and I hope nobody ever does fear it. I love food and I am here to share my love of it but in a healthy way. Unhealthy food (particularly sugar and desserts) causes health problems on a daily basis and that is why unhealthy creme brûlée IS a guilty dessert.

  6. The Vegan Cookie Fairy: June 2, 2013

    Wow. Pretty insane, the difference between the original recipe and this one. I was hoping when I saw this on my Blogger dash that it would be vegan, but sadly it’s not. (BTW, do I remember incorrectly, or were you vegan when your blog was still Chokolawtay?) Is there anything you might suggest to substitute for the egg yolks?

  7. Amy: June 2, 2013

    Good for you to tackle something so difficult!! It looks like you were 100% successful. :) Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  8. I’ll have to try this when I’m done with final exams haha. Looks incredible!

  9. Irina @ wandercrush: June 8, 2013

    I remember discovering your blog when you’d posted your VERY first post! You were so thorough and informative and didn’t seem like a beginner at all. I remember thinking that it was only a matter of time until you became famous in the food blogger world, particularly the healthy desserts niche ;)
    Anyway, I must admit that I’m skeptical about how decadent this creme brûlée could taste, but of course that’s only because it looks too good to be true. I’ll have to give it a go and see for myself, I suppose!

  10. dessertswithbenefits: June 10, 2013

    Awww thanks so much Irina! I can’t believe you read my first post over two years ago, you are definitely a special reader :) I remember rereading my first post about 74x to make sure it was ABSOLUTELY perfect… I want to get back to that, but I feel like long posts would annoy some people lol.
    As for the creme brulee, it’s pretty delicious and decadent. My mother and sister absolutely loved it and they have had PLENTY of creme brulee tasting experience ;)

  11. Amy: August 17, 2013

    I’ve gotta tell ya, this was not good. It was very bitter and the stevia left that artificial sweetener taste, maybe I did something wrong, I don’t know. I think some desserts are meant to eat the in the full fat and calorie version.

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  16. nicole: December 16, 2013

    Can this be done dairy free? Is the yogurt essential??

  17. dessertswithbenefits: December 17, 2013

    Nicole-
    I added yogurt to the creme brulee to add a creamy texture and a similar color to what heavy cream would add. I think this can be made dairy free if you use dairy free “yogurt.” I have seen vegan Greek yogurts before, I think they are made with either soy or coconut. Hope this helps!
    -Jess

  18. Nicole: March 1, 2014

    This did not turn out at all. The only sub I made was coconut milk from the carton instead of almond milk–I had already begun the recipe before I realizing I was out. I baked for 35 minutes and let cool for 30, but when I went to put the topping on I realized there was liquid in the bottom of each ramekin; the mixture had separated into what looked like a grainy mush and whey or water.

  19. dessertswithbenefits: March 2, 2014

    Nicole-
    Oh no! I’m so sorry you had trouble with the recipe. Subbing for coconut milk shouldn’t have affected the end result too much, so I’m not exactly sure what went wrong. There are quite a few things that can result in a failed creme brûlée (I think I’ve done all of them) but here are the two that sound like what could have happened here:
    1) Make sure to use an oven thermometer to ensure that the oven is at the correct temperature (I found out my oven sometimes says it’s at a certain temperature when it’s not yet). A too low temperature will not cook the mixture properly, and a too high temperature will curdle the eggs, resulting in a grainy appearance.
    2) Did any of the water from the water bath accidentally spill into the ramekins? This happened to me and one of my shallow dished ramekins, and the result was exactly as you described — watery and grainy looking. I know it’s hard to move a heavy baking tray full of water :/
    I hope this helps! Sorry again :(
    -Jess

  20. Nicole: March 2, 2014

    Thanks for the reply with the tips! I did not check the temperature but I do have an oven thermometer so I will check. I may have splashed a bit of water into one of the ramekins when I was topping off the water, but I was pretty sure the others didn’t get any water in them.
    Could my water have been too hot and curdled the eggs? It wasn’t boiling, but it was very hot water from my electric kettle.

  21. dessertswithbenefits: March 2, 2014

    Nicole-
    It’s possible that the water was too hot. I know that my electric kettle boils the crap out of my water and would definitely cook my eggs, but every machine is different. I’ll edit the instructions to say “warm water” instead of “hot water.” Sorry for making confusing instructions *smacks self in head*

  22. Emily: April 25, 2014

    Hi! This looks so wonderful :) I have been itching to make creme brûlée ever since i was gifted ramekins and a cooking torch for Christmas (my family gets me). Naturally I’ve been toasting bread and melting more cheese than I care to admit but I’ve been yearning for a healthy creme brûlée like this. I’m wondering if there’s a way to make this lemon or orange scented? Would you recommend adding citrus zest or juice at any particular step? The acid in the juice might be an issue but I’d love any advice to give them a little kick of citrus! Thanks!

  23. lennon: June 13, 2014

    Would it be okay if I subbed Stevia extract for the Erythritol? Your recipes are great and I’m doing this one for my dad on father’s day, and I want it to be good. Please reply! Thanks

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