When I think of custard I think cream, oddles of added sugar and unless it’s some gourmet brand additives and preservatives. Well this one isn’t! In fact this delicious chocolate coconut custard is a dessert full of nourishing ingredients without heaps of saturated fat and added sugar.
The recipe is very simple to follow and I can guarantee your children and the adults in the house will love it. I made it for Freddie and Lottie a couple of nights ago when they both seemed to have an insatiable appetite. Having promised to make them custard using my old trusty recipe sugar free custard I discovered we were out of eggs so decided to experiment and what a delicious experiment!
If you’re kids aren’t fruit lovers this would be a sneaky way to get them to eat a bit more – a pot of custard and some cut up fruit on the side to dip their fruit in – surely a winner!
Chocolate Coconut Custard
Suitable from 12 months (I didn’t give my children chocolate before their 1st birthday party!)
gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, egg free
Makes: 2 children and 2 adult portions
Preparation & Cooking Time: 10 minutes
160ml coconut milk
160ml whole milk (to keep the recipe dairy free replace with coconut milk)
3 tbsp cornflour
1 egg yolk (or an extra tsp cornflour)
2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla paste
2 tsp maple syrup (optional but takes the bitterness away from the cocoa powder)
Place the cornflour and cocoa in a small saucepan.
Slowly whisk in the coconut milk and milk to combine without the cornflour going lumpy.
Add the remaining ingredients.
Over a medium heat cook until the custard thickens stirring all the time. You don’t want to boil it or the egg might curdle. Having said that by using the cornflour you should be pretty safe. For those of you with a thermomix this recipe would be perfect for it!
To serve you can chop fruit into the custard (banana or ripe pear taste delicious) or have fruit on the side to ‘dip’ into the custard. It can be eaten both warm or cold and will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.
I hope your children enjoy it as much as my two do, I’d love to know how it goes down! It’s such a treat to have a chocolate dessert in our house as they usually just have fruit and yoghurt! What are your favourite healthy desserts to give your kids?