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!