This Keto Sugar-Free Flan is dairy free, low carb and gluten free! Just 8 ingredients needed to make this fancy looking, tasty, perfect keto dessert for your keto diet! Just 3 net carbs per serving!
Is Regular Flan Keto Friendly?
My father comes from Sicily and his mother, my Nonna, made flan very often growing up. Of course it was loaded with regular sugar, so definitely high in carbs, not keto friendly and will surely spike blood sugar.
But making it a keto low carb flan was a fairly easy task using low carb sweetener! This recipe got a thumbs up from my dad and he didn't even realize it was made with coconut!
This is a popular dessert with Italians, Spaniards, and Mexicans. A Mexican flan is really just a simple custard mixture with a caramel sauce, basically caramelized sugar, that oozes over the top of the flan when turned upside down onto a plate. Typically it's made with dairy, but in this case today it's made with coconut milk for a creamy texture and only a slight hint of coconut.
Does the thought of making a flan sound just too tedious of a task or too fancy or just too much work for you? It's not at all difficult when you have a fantastic fool proof recipe!
Take the worry out of the equation of whether the flan will come out looking beautiful or not because this recipe will make that happen effortlessly.
Is Creme Caramel the same thing as Flan?
Yes, creme caramel or caramel cream and flan are basically the same thing. Creme caramel and flan are actually French names, but in Spanish speaking countries and America, it is known as flan.
Is Creme Brûlée the same thing as flan?
No creme brûlée is not the same as flan. Creme brûlée has a hardened caramel topping while flan has a soft caramel topping.
Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce
The caramel sauce uses a brown sugar erythritol blend from the brand Swerve and butter, but to keep it dairy free just replace the butter with coconut oil instead.
My kids and hubby absolutely loved this dessert! My youngest actually even hates coconut, but the hint of coconut is very little, he even asked for a second piece!
How to Make Sugar-Free Flan
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Coconut liquid stevia or vanilla stevia
Swerve Brown substitute or another brown sugar free sweetener of choice
Butter or use ghee or vegan butter for dairy free
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a stand mixer, mix the eggs, yolks, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and stevia until well combined. Set aside.
In a small saucepan add the Caramel sauce ingredients and stir until combined over medium low heat, until bubbles form around the edges.
Simmer one minute, then pour into a 10 inch pie dish, cake pan or 10 individual ramekins. Swirl around to cover bottom of dish. Let sauce cool just 1-2 minutes before pouring the custard mixture over the caramel sauce.
Place the pie dish into a larger roasting pan and place in the oven. Pour 2 cups of hot water on the bottom of the larger roasting pan so the hot water comes 1-2 inches up the sides of the pie dish.
Bake 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool to room temperature then refrigerate for two hours or overnight. When ready to serve, loosen edges with a knife and invert onto a large plate.
Sometimes erythritol can develop crystallization in the refrigerator. If that happens after you invert the flan onto a plate, simply remove can crystallized pieces from the caramel sauce. Enjoy or keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Tools to Make Keto Coconut Flan
10 inch Pie Dish- Any smaller pie dish and you'll be overflowing with this flan recipe. Stick with a 10 inch and you'll be all set!
Small Sauce Pan- Use as a double boiling pan or just to make simple sauces like the topping for this flan recipe.
Roasting Pan- A large turkey roasting pan is needed to bake any kind of cheesecakes or in this recipe, flan, to evenly cook in a water bath.
How to Swap Sugar Substitutes
There are many keto sweeteners on the market today but I try to use all natural sweetener in my recipes. Besides Swerve, Monk Fruit Sweetener is a great option as well as Allulose.
Using erythritol and allulose produce a less sweet flavor than using stevia or monk fruit. Just be aware you may need more of those sweeteners or combine two sweeteners to get this keto creme caramel as sweet as you prefer.
Please use my Sweetener Guide & Conversion chart to help you determine how much to use when swapping the sweetener in my original recipe.
Keto Dairy Free Coconut Flan
Although this isn't a typical weeknight kind of dessert it is a wonderful indulgence once in awhile for wow-ing non low carb guests at a party!
How to Store Low-Carb Flan
You can store leftover flan covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can I make this with whole milk instead of coconut cream?
Yes you can with the same amount as I used.
Can I use heavy cream instead of coconut milk?
Yes you can use the same amount of heavy cream as I used coconut milk.
Can I swap the coconut milk with unsweetened almond milk?
No I would not swap almond milk because it does not contain enough fat as coconut milk or whole milk and will not produce the right texture for this creamy dessert.
Can I swap the sugar-free sweetener with blackstrap molasses or maple syrup?
You can use any sweetener you like but if you are trying to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet and/ or eat low carb or keto, then both molasses and maple syrup will cause a spike in your blood sugar and cause cravings.
Can I make this creamy keto flan recipe in ramekins instead of a large baking dish?
Sure! If you would like to make this elegant dessert in individual servings instead you can use ten- 8 ounce ramekins. Follow the instructions for making the custard and sweet caramel syrup but add that to greased, prepared ramekins.
I would also recommend placing all the ramekins into a large baking pan and hot water so they will bake slowly and evenly in a hot water bath for best results.
More Low-Carb Dessert Recipes
Slow Cooker Keto Maple Custard
Sugar Free Keto Coconut Flan (Dairy Free, Low Carb)
Sugar Free Keto Coconut Flan
- 6 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 27 ounces canned coconut milk or 2 (13.5 ounce each) cans
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon coconut liquid stevia or vanilla stevia
- ½ cup Swerve Brown substitute or another brown sugar free sweetener of choice
- 2 tablespoon butter or use ghee or vegan butter for dairy free
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a stand mixer, mix the eggs, yolks, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and stevia until well combined. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan add the Caramel sauce ingredients and stir until combined over medium low heat, until bubbles form around the edges. Simmer one minute, then pour into a 10 inch pie dish, cake pan or 10 individual ramekins. Swirl around to cover bottom of dish. Let sauce cool just 1-2 minutes before pouring the custard mixture over the caramel sauce.
- Place the pie dish into a larger roasting pan and place in the oven. Pour 2 cups of hot water on the bottom of the larger roasting pan so the hot water comes 1-2 inches up the sides of the pie dish.
- Bake 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature then refrigerate for two hours or overnight. When ready to serve, loosen edges with a knife and invert onto a large plate. Sometimes erythritol can develop crystallization in the refrigerator. If that happens after you invert the flan onto a plate, simply remove can crystallized pieces from the caramel sauce. Enjoy or keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Can this be frozen?
Can i use creamcheese to make it a little thicker and how much?
You could certianly try that though I have not tested it out.
Hello, can coconut palm sugar be used instead of swerve? Thanks!
This is also a very common dessert in some South American countries so we were super excited when we found your recipe but we didn't expect to be anything close to ones we tried before. Well, let me tell you how pleasantly surprised we were! We could not believe how similar and how unbelievable good this is. The look and the texture are exactly the same. The taste of course it's not as sweet, which is perfect! I did add some confectioners erythritol and it did not affect the taste or texture but maybe it was because I've only added a very very small amount - maybe 1 tbsp. I've also added an extra egg because I thought the ones I had were really small and it turned out great. It was the perfect dessert for father's day lunch and my brother in law - who is not on keto like us - almost ate the entire thing. Even my 13 mo daughter love it! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I'll for sure make it again and again!
Thank you so much for the great review!
Could this be made with heavy whipping cream instead of coconut milk?
I can't say for sure how the texture would be without testing that out myself, sorry.
I don't use stevia. If I substitute with erythritol, how much should I use? And granular or powdered? Thank you 🙂
You definitely don't want to use anything granular which will be gritty in this type of recipe. Confectioners Swerve would work but I'm taking a guess here as I've not tested it and you may like a lot more sweetness in your desserts than I do. I'd say 1 cup but again erythritol is only 70% sweet as sugar so even that amount may not be to your liking. Unfortunately using more of that could cause a cooling effect you may not like.
Can you use monk fruit sweetener instead of stevia
Looks amazing. Where is the recipe?
You’ll find this delicious recipe over on the Sweetleaf website for my Coconut Flan!!
Great recipe, but how many ounces are in a can of coconut milk? I make my own. 😀
13.5 ounces in each can