Low Carb Chocolate Custard

This is low carb but not keto because I used table sugar in the recipe. While I’ve used some of the natural and artificial sugar substitutes I’ve always found them lacking. I thought allulose powder was the closest in taste and texture to real sugar but it is expensive and still not thoroughly studied to know if it is something we should be eating. It’s highly processed and therefore something to be wary about until more is known. That’s not to say you can’t substitute your favorite sweetener for the sugar in this recipe. Each one is a little different so you will have to judge for yourself the quantity necessary.

I think if you’re trying to stay low carb you can still use this recipe because I only used 2 tablespoons of sugar. I found it was enough sweetness to make the custard perfect for someone like me who doesn’t have a sweet tooth. Each tablespoon of sugar has about 12 grams of carbs. But, it’s rich enough where you don’t need much to satisfy your sugar craving. The single serving in the picture above is about 4 oz. or 86 grams and it has a total of 5 grams of carbs. In this recipe you’ll get about 5 servings.

Give it a try! I’m sure you’ll be please at how little sugar you actually need to satisfy your cravings.


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt


Combine heavy cream, salt, vanilla, & sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 30 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks until pale in color. Whisk in 1/2 cup of warm cream mixture. Whisk in cocoa making sure to remove any lumps.

Whisk the yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture. Cook over medium/low heat until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the mixture into a bowl set over ice using a fine mesh sieve.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.


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