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Low-Carb Crème Anglaise

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Okay. I’m not going to lie; I love custard. I mean, I really love custard. But when you have to wait for it to set? Nope.

May I introduce you to keto Crème Anglaise? This sauce is basically a pourable vanilla custard. (No, that doesn’t mean that you can drink it from the jug) It’s perfect over fresh berries or as a side sauce. It's like creamy vanilla fat bomb in liquid form - almost zero-carb and high in healthy fats!

When I was researching the traditional recipes for Crème Anglaise, I calculated the sugar to sweetener ratio and the average came out at 6 Tablespoons. I found this waaaay too sweet, but my tastebuds have changed a lot over the years and I have gone as low as 1 Tablespoon of sweetener in this sauce. You may want to use any low-carb sweetener to taste.

If you can't eat dairy, full-fat coconut milk is a great alternative to cream. Enjoy!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1/3 cup/ 80 ml

Allergy information for Low-Carb Crème Anglaise

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free


  • Recipe can be made dairy-free or coconut-free.

Nutritional values (per serving, 1/3 cup/ 80 ml)

Net carbs2.7 grams
Protein3.2 grams
Fat29.3 grams
Calories294 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 4%, fat 92%
Total carbs2.7 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars2.4 gramsSaturated fat17.8 gramsSodium32 mg(1% RDA)Magnesium5 mg(1% RDA)Potassium66 mg(3% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 2 1/3 cups)


  1. Place cream and vanilla in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until barely simmering.
    Low-Carb Crème Anglaise
  2. While cream heats, place egg yolks and sweetener in a bowl and whisk well until creamy and combined.
    Low-Carb Crème Anglaise
  3. Slowly add hot milk a little at a time, whisking continuously. Once combined, return to saucepan and heat until thickened.
    Low-Carb Crème Anglaise
  4. You can strain the custard before serving to remove any lumps and vanilla seeds. The custard can be served warm or cold. Low-Carb Crème Anglaise
  5. Store in the refrigerator, covered for up to five days. Make sure that cling wrap covers surface of sauce.
    Low-Carb Crème Anglaise

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1/3 cup/ 80 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
1.8 g1.3 g26.1 g251 kcal
Vanilla extract, powder (vanilla bean)
0.1 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Egg yolk, fresh
0.4 g1.9 g3.2 g39 kcal
Swerve, natural sweetener (Erythritol and chicory inulin based)
0.4 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Total per serving, 1/3 cup/ 80 ml
2.7 g3.2 g29.3 g294 kcal

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Naomi is the force behind Naomi Sherman, Food Creative. She is passionate about recipe development, food photography and styling.

An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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Comments (4)

How much milk we must use?
Thank you

Hi Mimi, it's either cream or coconut milk (same amount, 2 cups).

Hi Naomi,
Would I be correct in thinking that this could be frozen in portions in a similar way to *real* ice-cream (not the version with many additives of course).
Thanks for the great work, the recipe is fantastic 😊

Hi Sen, you could definitely freeze this and make a frozen dessert out of it. I'd go with popsicles but you could even use an ice cream maker.