sugar free keto chocolate orange baked custard


Sugar Free Keto Chocolate Orange Baked Custard: utterly indulgent and just 1.6g CARBS.sugar free keto chocolate orange baked custard

Take an old fashioned recipe. Give it the full ketofication treatment. Add a little imagination. And you have a perfectly low carb – high fat version that is just as sweet, just as creamy, just as delightful as the one grandma used to make – if not more.

But that’s not all. For I’ve gone an extra step and created a killer chocolate orange version. The idea came recently whilst in a ridiculously hot and humid Venice. In need of something chocolate-y to curb my sweet tooth, I went to reach for a keto almond chocolate in the fridge. But the heat literally made it drip through my fingers!  Clearly time to make something easy, refreshing and sweet – I thought. And because I love spoon desserts, but I occasionally fancy a change from the usual vanilla flavour I am obsessed with, I decided to go for something a little different.

I didn’t expect it to turn out this good.sugar free keto chocolate orange baked custard

My chilled, Sugar Free Keto Chocolate Orange Baked Custard was just perfect. So how did I make it?


Traditional baked custard is made in a bain-marie – aka water bath. The idea behind this baking technique is to prevent the eggs from cooking too quickly and ‘scrambling’.

Trouble is, most people tremble at the thought of bain-marie. Me included. I get filled with dread at the thought of handling a piping hot tray filled with wobbling hot water that could easily drown my masterpiece. Or worse, give me third degree burns. Especially in this horrendous estival heat.

So fear not, dear keto friends, as my Sugar Free Keto Chocolate Orange Baked Custard doesn’t require ANY faffing with boiling water. Making this recipe easy, quick AND faff-proof.sugar free keto chocolate orange baked custard

A few ingredients, 5 minutes prepping and Bob’s your uncle!

Eggs, cream, cocoa, an orange and some sweetener. Really! That’s it! The unsweetened whipped cream is optional.

sugar free keto chocolate orange baked custard

The moulds you use don’t matter, as long as you fill 4, otherwise the macros I calculated will not apply. For a more scenographic effect, use silicone moulds: it will be easier to pop the custards out onto serving plates. You can use ramekins if that’s how you want to serve them.sugar free keto chocolate orange baked custard

It will take 20 minutes baking time. And then there’s waiting time for the custards to cool down. If you make them the night before as I have been doing (can’t bake before 10pm in this heat!), you’ll have an amazing dessert waiting for you the following day.

One of my testers has commented  that the flavour of this custard is like Terry’s Chocolate Orange. If you were a fan of Terry’s Chocolate Orange in your pre-keto life, I dedicate my Sugar Free Keto Chocolate Orange Baked Custard to you! And yes, of course you can have one for breakfast!



Nutrition Information
  • Yield: 4
  • Serving: 1
  • Calories: 345
  • Fat: 35g
  • Net Carbs: 1.6g
  • Protein: 4.7g
Recipe type: Desserts
Cuisine: Ketogenic. Sugar Free. LCHF. Low Carb. Grain Free. Gluten Free.
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Like Terry's Chocolate Orange. But healthy, delicious and guilt-free! Serve very chilled for maximum pleasure!
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml double (heavy) cream
  • 2 tbsp erythritol (for U.S. option, click HERE)
  • 2 tbsp dark unsweetened cocoa (I use Perugina or S. Martino as they contain only 8.7g carbs per 100g!)
  • ¾ tsppure stevia (for U.S. option, click HERE)
  • zest of 1 unwaxed and organic orange
  1. (optional step) to make the decoration, cut out a few strands from the orange zest and set them aside, then, while the custards are baking, sprinkle them with erythritol and grill them for 2 minutes. Once cooled the strands will harden and you'll be able to insert them as shown in the photos.
  2. pre-heat oven to 160C static.
  3. bring cream and grated orange zest to just below boiling point (when tiny little bubbles start forming where the liquid touches the pan), then turn heat off and set aside.
  4. whisk eggs and sweeteners vigorously until light and fluffy, then add cocoa and whisk again until nicely incorporated and smooth.
  5. slowly pour hot cream onto chocolate egg mix, whisking steadily and continuously.
  6. transfer to 4 shallow silicone moulds or ramekins and bake for 20 mins.
  7. let them cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving on their own or with a squirt of sugar free whipped cream, adding orange strands as decoration (optional).
Serve very chilled.
To remove the baked custards from their moulds, slide a wet knife all the way around the edges, turn upside down and squeeze gently until they pop out.
Keep refrigerated and consume within 4 days.
Macros do not include whipped cream.

Metric kitchen scales are an inexpensive yet invaluable gadget to enable accurate measurement of ingredients. Store them upright in a cupboard or over your worktop and they'll only take up a tiny bit of space. Click HERE for the ones I use (UK Link). For U.S. option click HERE.


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  1. Marion Robinson

    I’ve finally got around to adding a footnote to my previous post, about this delightful dessert. It’s everything you would expect from a queenKETO recipe.
    Tasty, simple to make, & not too many ingredients. My sister, who doesn’t usually eat fruit, woolfed this down…which brings me to an important point, DON’T make this when you have visitors, or you’ll be obliged to share it. Yes, I realise it says serves 4..but for my Hubby & me, that means have 2 each !
    I bought the organic oranges in Waitrose ( in Glasgow ) though Sainsbury’s sell them as well.I have 2 oranges left over, & when the visitors are gone tomorrow,I shall be making these again. In fact, I think they will become a firm favourite in my home. Isn’t it great eating Keto, as you can have all the fabulous tasty food,lose weight, & never feel deprived.. You don’t have to go without anything, Antya, is always posting yummy dishes for which I thank her very much…

  2. Marion Robinson

    It’s very cruel to read a recipe like this, when you are away from home, & especially, away from your own Kitchen. However, I shall be making this on Wednesday, & will post a comment on it then. It does sound delicious, so I’m sure
    we’ll all enjoy it. I do understand the problems with the heat, as we have been at ” Goodwood festival of speed,” all weekend, & had to keep our picnic cool, as we didn’t want to eat the usual suspects, of burgers, burgers, or burgers…so we took Smoked salmon. avocado, & hard boiled eggs..Would have been lovely to finish it with this recipe for pudding ! Roll on Wednesday !

  3. Sorry, not really a comment, just wondering at what temperature to bake this custard.

    • Hi Marie, thank you so much for pointing out my silly omission. That’s what you get for not paying proper attention when you copy and paste between editors. The recipe has now been updated.


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