How to Make Vegan Crème Brûlée Dairy Free and Coconut Free

This Vegan Crème Brûlée is one of my all time favourite desserts! The vegan crème brûlée recipe with just 6 ingredients and contains no dairy or eggs. The hands on time is minimal, and you can easily prepare this crunchy creamy dessert in advance. I’ll be including a method to prepare with a torch, and an alternative oven method as well.

Vegan Creme Brulee

  1. Add all of your crème ingredients into a food processor or blender. We’ll be using silken tofu, plant milk, cashew butter, vanilla, cornstarch or agar agar and sugar! Blend until completely smooth.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a saucepan over low heat, whisking constantly. Cook for a few minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken slightly and the cornstarch or agar are activated.
  3. Pour your mixture into ramekins or heat safe dishes then let chill in the fridge until set.
  4. When ready to serve, sprinkle the top of your ramekins or dishes with granulated sugar, then use a torch to caramelize the sugar. Alternatively, you can pop the ramekins or dishes into the oven and broil until the sugar starts to brown.

Vegan Creme Brulee

What is Crème Brûlée?

Crème brûlée is a dessert comprised of a creamy, custardy base with a layer of crunchy, caramelized sugar on top. The name translates to “burnt cream” and it’s a beautiful combination of texture and flavour. It’s traditionally made with a vanilla cream or custard, but you can also flavour the cream with chocolate, fruit and more. When enjoyed, you can crack the crunchy surface with a spoon and enjoy it like a candy topping.

A conventional crème brûlée recipe involves sugar, cream and egg yolks but you can also make a non dairy crème brûlée quite easily! Many vegan versions rely on coconut as a substitute, but this vegan crème brûlée is dairy free and coconut free. To substitute, we will be using silken tofu, cashew butter for creaminess and a source of healthy fats, plant milk to blend, vanilla extract and cornstarch or agar agar to thicken into a pudding consistency. To sweeten and to torch, we’ll use organic cane sugar.

How to Make Vegan Crème Brûlée Without a Torch

The most common way to prepare crème brûlée is with a butane torch. It’s the best and most accurate way to caramelize the sugar and create the crunchy topping. Usually, the crème is prepared in advance and set in ramekins until ready to serve and the burning of the sugar happens just before serving.

You can make this vegan crème brûlée by using an oven instead, and broiling the top, however I find this method to be much less accurate and with varied results. Using an oven method, your vegan crème brûlée will be more prone to browning and uneven caramelization. So in summary, I highly recommend investing in a butane torch–they are easy to work with and you can find them at quite affordable prices at culinary/kitchen stores and online.

Vegan Creme Brulee

What Kind of Sugar to Make Crème Brûlée With

For best results, granulated cane sugar is always the best to use. While you can experiment with coconut sugar or a refined sugar free alternative, I would personally recommend against it. Coconut sugar, for example, tends to be prone to more burning and due to its darker colour, it’s more difficult to determine when it is burning vs. caramelizing. If you must, I would recommend using a refined sugar free alternative in the crème base, but I strongly advise not to substitute the sugar you’re using to brûlée.

Vegan Creme Brulee

A quick note on granulated cane sugar–to ensure it is vegan, you can use an organic cane sugar. I really like the Wholesome Sweet brand which is also certified vegan.

More Vegan Crème Brûlée Flavours

Experiment by incorporating different flavours into your crème base like chocolate, coffee, matcha, Thai tea or fruit like berries. I created this Bubble Tea Crème Brûlée by steeping the plant milk with loose leaf hojicha (you could also use black tea or red tea) and topping it off with tapioca pearls. I highly encourage you to get creative once you nail the original recipe to level up your dairy free dessert!

Vegan Creme Brulee

Vegan Creme Brulee

More Delicious Dairy Free Desserts

If you try this recipe out, tag me on Instagram @veggiekins so I can see your delicious re-creations and feature them! As always, I love when you share your reviews in the comments below, and if you make any fun substitutions, let me know how it worked out below too.

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Vegan Creme Brulee

Vegan Crème Brûlée


  • Author: Remy

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This vegan crème brûlée recipe is easy to make, dairy free and coconut free. Enjoy this creamy and caramel-y dessert in just minutes!


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Instructions

  1. Add all of your crème ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend or process until completely smooth.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a saucepan over low heat, whisking constantly. Cook for a few minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken slightly and the cornstarch or agar are activated.
  3. Next, pour the mixture into ramekins or heat safe dishes and let chill in the fridge until set or ready to serve.
  4. When ready to serve, sprinkle the top of your ramekins or dishes with additional granulated sugar (roughly 1 tsp, more as needed) then use a butane torch to caramelize the sugar. Alternatively, you can pop the ramekins or dishes into the oven and broil until the sugar starts to brown.

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BY Remy • February 13, 2021

Vegan Crème Brûlée

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  1. Mimi says:
    Hey, how many does scale 1 serve?

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