Vegan Pot de Crème!  No-bake chocolate custard

Vegan Pot de Crème!

Chocolate pot de crème was one of my favorite desserts to order at restaurants before I went dairy free. Today I’m sharing a vegan Pot de Crème recipe.

It had never occurred to me that I could make this dessert at home with the ingredients of my choice until a few months ago when a friend mentioned how easy it is to make. It just seemed like something only a chef could make.

Of course, I immediately started looking for a plant-based recipe.

What is Pot de Crème?

If you don’t know what Pot de Crème is, I didn’t either until I saw it on a restaurant menu and decided to try it. It reminds me of a fancier version of the boxed chocolate mousse my mom made for us as kids, but with a more intense chocolate flavor and richer texture.

They’re typically served in small dishes, hence the name pot de creme, which translates to "pot of cream." It's pronounced "poe deh krehm," in French.

I came across a few good recipes in my search, and ended up with my own version that’s not only plant based but nut, soy, and oil free with reduced refined sugar.

This plant based chocolate pot de crème has become a family favorite and my six year old loves helping to make it. My friend was right – it really is surprisingly easy to make.

Unlike traditional pot de creme which is cooked on the stovetop then baked in a water bath (adding almost an hour to the process), this version is made in a blender and sets in the refrigerator like a mousse.

Date Sugar and Maple Syrup Benefits

I’ve recently started testing date sugar more often in my recipes in order to reduce refined sugar. It’s a minimally processed sweetener that’s made by taking dried dates and grinding them into a powder.

I often use maple syrup as well, which is the sap of maple trees, minimally processed to produce the consistency it’s known for.

Both maple syrup and date sugar contain essential minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.They’re lower on the glycemic index than refined white sugar, which means they don’t cause as much of a blood sugar spike. They also contain prebiotic fiber which is beneficial for your gut microbiome.

In comparison, conventional white sugar is extracted from sugar cane or beets. It’s highly processed and stripped of the micronutrients and fiber from the original plants.

This recipe has it all - it’s delicious, quick, easy, and nutritious! It’s the perfect recipe for a special dinner or date night at home.

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Pot de Crème au Chocolat was one of my favorite desserts to order at restaurants, and now I love making this dairy free version
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Vegan Pot de Crème au Chocolat

This no-bake vegan Pot de Crème gets it’s dense and creamy texture from setting in the fridge for a few hours. In addition to being dairy and egg free, it’s also nut free, soy free, and oil free.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time10 mins
Chill4 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 194
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup sunflower seeds soaked in water for at least 2 hours and drained
  • ½ cup oat milk (Oatly) (choose the low fat version if you need oil free)
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp date sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until combined and creamy. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Pour into six small dishes, and allow to set in the fridge for at least four hours.
  • Serve cold.

Notes

If you don’t have oat milk, you can use water without any problem.
I used a NutriBullet to blend the ingredients, but any high speed blender should work. I haven’t tested it with a regular blender or food processor – let me know if you try it!
The original recipe called for six tablespoons of maple syrup. I substituted three tablespoons of maple syrup and three tablespoons of date sugar, but all maple syrup would work fine if you don’t have date sugar on hand.
Serving suggestions (not included in nutritional label)
Serve plain or topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon, berries, coconut, chopped nuts – whatever you like.

Hand Size Portions

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Pot de Crème au Chocolat
Amount per Serving
Calories
194
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
76
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
250
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
12
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
69
mg
7
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hand Portions

When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.

Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.

Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.

Kaya Casper works with women over 30 who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes in their family history.

If you’re done with quick fix diets and ready to make a healthy lifestyle change that lasts, find other articles and recipes by Kaya on her coach profile. Her approach to healthy, home cooked meals will help you gain more energy, confidence, and make food choices you feel good about.

  • MICHELLE says:

    This looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try it. I have had tahini sitting in my fridge for a while. Perfect timing.