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Your Healthy Valentine: Coconut Milk Flan

Your Healthy Valentine: Coconut Milk Flan

Indulgences do not have to be unhealthy to be delectable. If you’re looking for an easy, body-friendly (free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar) dessert for your holiday celebrations, look no further. This coconut milk flan is sure to titillate your taste buds. More of a cross between a creme caramel custard and a flan, a luscious pool of maple syrup oozing over the firm, eggy custard lends this dessert an air of divine decadence without the inflammatory baggage that comes with gluten and dairy. Serve this to your special someone and show them you really care.

Celebrating yourself this year? Even better. You’re not going to want to share this flan with anyone. Treat yo’ self !

Coconut Milk Maple Flan | adapted from Local Forage

gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free | yields 4 small ramekins

-4 large eggs (preferably local, pastured, organic)

-3 Tablespoons high quality maple syrup (this one is delicious and highly recommended)

-1 cup full-fat organic, BPA-free coconut milk

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-1/4 tsp salt

-extra maple syrup for drizzling

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a whisk, beat together eggs, syrup, coconut milk, vanilla, and salt. Pour into 4 ramekins. Create a hot water bath (fill a rectangular baking dish halfway with hot water) and place ramekins inside. Bake 30-45 minutes, depending on the firmness you prefer. Custard is done when the outer edges are firm, but the middle is still slightly jiggly. Take ramekins out of hot water bath and let cool at room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours for best results. Drizzle a pool of maple syrup over the top before serving.

Note: The key to this recipe is in the quality of the ingredients. If you use cheap eggs, coconut milk, imitation vanilla, and low-quality maple syrup, you might be better off not making this dessert at all. The flavors and textures of the flan are all affected by the quality of the ingredients, so try for the best you can get your hands on. Plus, higher quality ingredients are better for the local economy, the environment, and your health! Enjoy!

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at


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12:37AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

I like a good flan

2:46AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Thank you

12:00AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Thank you.

4:06PM PST on Mar 2, 2014


3:33PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

It certainly looks delectable and probably tastes as good.

5:41AM PST on Feb 24, 2014

sounds good

2:01AM PST on Feb 24, 2014


11:55AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

OMG, this sounds SO delicious! Thanks for sharing.

8:04AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Thank you.

8:14PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

sounds delicious and no dairy!!

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