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5 MINUTE HOMEMADE DAIRY-FREE CUSTARD – VANILLA & CHOCOLATE

This recipe for homemade dairy-free custard is another weekly staple in our house. I swear I could almost make this with my eyes closed. It’s so easy and it comes together in 5 minutes, making it a quick and nutritious option for a snack. 

The thing about this dairy-free custard is that I’ve discovered how to make it so that it tastes so similar to traditional custard that no-one can tell the difference. Everyone that tries this custard has no idea that it’s actually dairy free. The secret to this delicious custard is that you’ve got to make it on oat milk. It creates a silky smooth and creamy custard and it doesn’t create any additional flavour like I’ve found that other dairy-free milks can.

SO HOW DOES THIS CUSTARD COMPARE TO THE PRE-MADE ONES FROM THE SUPERMARKET? 

First up let’s take a look at the ingredients from a popular brand of kid’s squeezy pouch custard in the chiller section of the supermarket.

Ingredients: Milk, sugar, milk solids, thickener (1442)(from tapioca), stabilisers (452, 407, 415), flavour, colour (160a)
This particular brand also contains 3.5g protein per 100g, 12.8g sugar per 100g,  and 124mg calcium per 100g.

For comparison this particular recipe contains the following.

Ingredients: calcium-fortified oat milk, egg yolk, raw sugar, cornflour, vanilla.
This dairy free custard contains 2.2g protein per 100g, 6.6g sugar per 100g, and 120mg calcium per 100g. Because the custard is also made with egg yolk it provides a source of vitamin A, Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 and essential fatty acids. 

Whilst there is slightly less protein in the homemade custard it does have half the sugar found in the commercial brand and a comparable amount of calcium. The addition of the egg yolks boosts the nutrition further and also adds in extra fatty acids which can provide an extra satiety effect alongside the protein to help keep tummies full. 
When buying your ingredients remember to use a calcium-fortified oat milk so that it’s still a sufficient source of calcium for your family. Personally, I use the Vitasoy brand of oat milk.
You’ll find two recipes below, one for the vanilla custard and another for the chocolate.

I hope your family enjoys this simple custard as much as we do.


5 Minute Homemade Custard – Vanilla

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 4 free range egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (if using vanilla paste reduce sugar to 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornflour (or arrowroot powder)
  • 2 cups calcium-fortified oat milk (I use Vitasoy brand)

Instructions

  • In a glass microwave-proof bowl add the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and cornflour. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add in the oat milk, a cup at a time and whisk until combined.
  • Place bowl into microwave for 1 minute. Remove and whisk. Microwave again for 1 minute. Remove and whisk. Repeat again for 1 minute. Remove and whisk until smooth.
  • Repeat again for 30 seconds. Remove and whisk until smooth. At this point it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and you can let it cool. If it hasn't thickened you can place it in the microwave again for another 30 seconds and then whisk it until it's smooth.
  • Once it has thickened, set aside and allow to cool. If you don't want a skin to form on the top you can place a piece of cling wrap on the surface while it cools or do what I do and keep whisking it at 1-2 minute intervals while it cools to prevent the skin forming.

5 Minute Homemade Custard – Chocolate

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 free range egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa or cacao
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornflour (or arrowroot powder)
  • 2 cups calcium fortified oat milk (I use Vitasoy brand)

Instructions

  • In a glass microwave-proof bowl add the egg yolks, sugar, cocoa and cornflour. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add in the oat milk, a cup at a time and whisk until combined.
  • Place bowl into microwave for 1 minute. Remove and whisk. Microwave again for 1 minute. Remove and whisk. Repeat again for 1 minute. Remove and whisk until smooth.
  • Repeat again for 30 seconds. Remove and whisk until smooth. At this point it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and you can let it cool. If it hasn't thickened you can place it in the microwave again for another 30 seconds and then whisk it until it's smooth.
  • Once it has thickened, set aside and allow to cool. If you don't want a skin to form on the top you can place a piece of cling wrap on the surface while it cools or do what I do and keep whisking it at 1-2 minute intervals while it cools to prevent the skin forming.
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