This no bake keto custard recipe has the same great flavor and silky smooth texture as traditional custard but is less work to make! Make it yourself with just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time.
Low Carb Egg Custard
Custard is an egg-based dessert, typically made with eggs, milk, sugar, and sometimes cornstarch. It’s usually baked in individual custard cups (ramekins) in a water bath in the oven. The consistency is thicker than pudding, very creamy and smooth. (1, 2, 3)
It is still creamy and smooth but doesn’t contain any sugar, cornstarch, or flour.
Plus, it’s a no bake custard which is perfect for quick (lazy) meal prep!
This will be your favorite no bake dessert, particurally when it’s too hot to turn the oven on.
Sugar Free Custard Recipe
You don’t need any sugar or sweetener in this recipe!
The final custard has a subtle sweetness from the vanilla extract. Serving it cold, brings out the flavors of the cream and egg.
Since we’re used to the fatty, savory flavors of meat (that’s usually hot), the change to a cold carnivore-friendly dessert is dramatically different from our day to day meals.
If you live on easy keto recipes you might not be as sensitive to sweet flavors. In this case, feel free to add in a tablespoon or two of sweetener.
The erythritol and monk fruit sweetener blend from LAKANTO is a great fit and will sweeten the recipe without added any sugar, carbs, or extra calories. They specialize in zero-carb, zero-calories keto friendly sugar replacements.
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How to Make No Bake Custard
How are we going to set this custard without baking?
I’ll tell you. Grass-fed beef gelatin is the secret ingredient!
Thanks to gelatin, this low-carb custard thickens while it chills in the fridge, so we don’t have to monitor the oven or generate any heat in our kitchen.
- Hydrated skin
- Healthy intestines
- Lower blood sugar
- Stronger joints and bones
Gelatin is flavorless and colorless but has an amazing jelly-like texture.
Ingredients for a Keto Carnivore Custard
Half and half
How to Make No Bake Custard
Begin by activating the gelatin. Sprinkle it over the water in a wide, shallow dish. The more surface area to cover, the better, so pick a wide container rather than a narrow one. I use a measuring cup.
Set mixture aside to thicken.
If sweetening, warm the half and half over low heat in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Add the sweetener and stir until it dissolves. The sweetener only takes a minute or two to dissolve fully. Then stir in vanilla.
If not sweetening, add vanilla to half and half in a bowl without heating.
Whisk in the egg yolks.
Mix the gelatin into the creamy egg yolks. You can gently warm the liquid until gelatin dissolves if needed.
Divide into individual ramekins or use one single serving dish. Chill in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours until set. Serve cold.
More No Bake & Keto Carnivore Desserts
Check out these other keto carnivore diet dessert recipes for more delicious animal-based ideas!
Carnivore Custard – A more traditional version, this no carb dessert combines 3 ingredients baked in the oven.
Carnivore Cheesecake for One – Another no bake carnivore-friendly recipe, this cheesecake is a single serving and ready in 2 steps!
No Bake Cheesecake Pudding – Smooth and creamy, plus only calls for 3 main ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time.
Carnivore Egg Pudding – Made with soft boiled eggs blended into pudding without any cooking!
Peppermint Custard – Creamy sweet with a mint touch, this is a delightful carnivore keto dessert any time of the year!
No Bake Custard (Keto & Carnivore-Friendly)
- Sprinkle the gelatin over 2 tablespoons of water in a wide, shallow dish. The more surface area to cover, the better. Set aside to thicken.
- If sweetening: Warm the cream over low heat in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Add the sweetener and stir until it dissolves. Then stir in vanilla.If not sweetening: Add vanilla to half and half in a bowl without heating.
- Whisk egg yolks into the half and half.
- Mix in the gelatin. Gently warm liquid over low heat until gelatin dissolves if needed.
- Divide into individual ramekins or use one single serving dish. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour until set. Serve cold.
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Meet Jessica Haggard
Jessica Haggard is the creator of Primal Edge Health, where she shares simple, nourishing low-carb, keto and carnivore diet recipes.