clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Chocolate Custard Featured Image

Chocolate Custard Recipe

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


This easy paleo Chocolate Custard recipe is silky smooth with deep, rich chocolate flavor and takes just 15 minutes to whip up!


  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 13.5 ounce can unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (natural not Dutch-processed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Lightly beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl; while beating, gradually whisk in the maple syrup until incorporated. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the coconut milk, cocoa powder, salt, and espresso powder together in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until it’s steaming, but not yet bubbling, about 2 minutes.
  3. Very slowly (starting with just a couple drops at first) add 1 cup of the coconut milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture while whisking continuously (this will temper the egg yolks and help prevent them from curdling).
  4. Add the tempered egg yolk mixture into the pot with the rest of the coconut milk mixture. Heat over medium-low heat until it comes to a very gentle simmer while whisking continuously, about 5 minutes. (At this point, it should be thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.)
  5. Turn off the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
  6. Strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve and pour into individual serving dishes.
  7. Cool to room temperature, and then chill for 2 hours before serving (the custard will thicken more as it cools). To prevent a “skin” from forming on the top, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of each custard.
  8. Serve chilled. If desired, right before serving top each with a dollop of whipped cream or coconut “whipped cream” and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.


  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 20
  • Sodium: 78
  • Fat: 20
  • Saturated Fat: 16
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 5
  • Cholesterol: 117

Keywords: Chocolate Custard, Chocolate Custard Recipe