Sugar Free Vanilla Custard Recipe

This easy Vanilla Custard recipe is so simple to make. No wonder custard has become an international classic, being used in an endless variety of delicious creations. This is the well known British creamy custard to pour on cakes, crumble or fruit desserts. Usually made with custard powder, this sugar free version with all natural ingredients uses fresh egg yolks, cream and a little honey

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It's worth using fresh vanilla pods if you can get hold of them for this custard recipe, or replace it with a teaspoon of sugar free vanilla essence.

Scrape out the insides of the vanilla pod with a knife, then add all the pulp and the pod to the milk and cream in the pan.

Sugar Free Custard Recipe

Bring the custard base to almost a boil, you don't want it to actually boil but you'll see the milk start to show tiny bubbles at the edges. Remove from the heat.

Sugar Free Custard Recipe

This custard recipe uses fresh egg yolks. Separate your eggs, keeping the egg whites for another recipe.

You can add them to your homemade mayonnaise recipe.

Sugar Free Custard Recipe

Put the egg yolks in a bowl with the honey. Honey is actually sweeter than sugar, so you only really need to use one tablespoon to make it plenty sweet enough!

Sugar Free Custard Recipe - diabetic custard recipes

Whisk the custard with a hand whisk or electric mixer until the eggs turn lighter and bubbly.

Sugar Free Custard Recipe

Pour in the milk and cream, whisk together, then return the custard to the pan and keep whisking and heating very gently, for up to 8 or 9 minutes, until it thickens enough to use.

This custard will be a pale yellow colour as it has no artificial colouring like commercial custard mixes, the only colour is from the eggs yolks. If you'd like a brighter yellow, you can add another yolk.

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Pour the custard generously over cakes or fruit for a traditional easy dessert. Try it with our sugar free coconut cake recipe or sugar free brownies recipe!

Sugar Free Custard Recipe

Many diabetics can safely eat honey in moderation so diabetic custard recipes can contain honey or other natural unrefined sugars.

I hope you enjoy this delicious custard recipe!

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Easy Sugar Free Vanilla Custard Recipe

Recipe Category: Dessert

Recipe Cuisine: British

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Servings: 5

Calories: 271

Rating: 4.6 from 10 votes


  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • 300ml Double Cream
  • 100ml Milk
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Cornflour


  • Heat the cream, milk and scraped vanilla pod in a saucepan until it just comes to almost boiling
  • Whisk egg yolks, cornflour and honey in a bowl until fully combined and pale
  • Pour the warm cream mixture into the bowl and whisk together, then return the custard to the pan and keep whisking over a low heat for around 8 minutes until it thickens, don't allow it to boil
  • Serve poured over one of our sugar free cakes

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