Vegan Creme Brûlée

A traditional French dessert gone vegan, this vegan Creme Brûlée is made with a rich and creamy cashew base and baked with a hard sugar shell for a dessert everyone will love.

Prep Time
20 mins
Resting Time
3 hrs
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Vegan Creme Brûlée
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 342 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
  1. Drain and rinse cashews and place in a food processor or high-powered blender. Add water and and puree until completely smooth, scraping the sides as needed. Set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan stir together almond milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, chickpea flour, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla beans with it’s pulp. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a low boil. At this point the milk mixture will start to become thick. Continue stirring, scraping the sides of the pot, allowing milk to boil for two minutes. This ensures that the cornstarch and chickpea flour are cooked. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

  3. Place four ramekins or custard cups onto a sheet tray over a flat surface and set aside. 

  4. Once mixture has cooled slightly, remove vanilla beans and set aside. Add the thick milk mixture to the pureed cashews in the food processor. Blend until completely smooth. Pour evenly into ramekins. Cover with tin foil and refrigerate until chilled all the way through, at least 3 hours. At this point they could also remain in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

  5. Just before serving, add about 1/2 tbsp of sugar on top of each custard. Spread evenly a thin layer on top by rotating the custard dish in a circular motion. Tap off any excess sugar. Using a torch, melt the sugar so that it begins to bubble and turn golden.
Recipe Notes

Once the top is torched, you’ll want to eat within an hour. Do not place back in the refrigerator as it will melt the burnt top.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Creme Brûlée
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.