My mom makes the best flan in the world. Seriously. I remember my aunts would ask her for the recipe but my mom does not use recipes. I don’t think we even had measuring cups when I was a kid. I lie, there was one pyrex measuring cup, 1. Flan has always been a staple at family gatherings. There was usually a tres leches cake, jello and flan. If you ever went to a Mexican party you know exactly what I’m talking about. Eventually we realized that a traditionally made flan is quite unhealthy, delicious but unhealthy, way too much sugar. I love flan but have issue with dairy and sugar. Dairy makes me breakout like a teenager and we don’t eat regular sugar anymore, we don’t even have it in the house. With that in mind I created my real food dairy free pumpkin flan! It’s sweetened with honey and I use coconut products instead of dairy and pumpkin because tis’ the season! I have also included an option for the glaze if you want to use it. I think the recipe is delicious as is, without the glaze, but to some, it isn’t flan unless there is a glaze. I would be comfortable feeding this to my kid (once she turns 1 – the honey thing) and that says a lot.
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Real Food Dairy Free Pumpkin Flan
- 1 can on pumpkin puree (I like this one)
- 1/3 cup of raw honey (I like this one)
- 1 box (8.5 oz, 1-ish cups) of coconut milk (I like this one)
- 1/3 cup of coconut cream (I like this one)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (I like this one)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (I like this one)
- 5 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon real salt (I like this one)
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, use a immersion blender (like this one) to blend well or you can use a blender too. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pass the mix into a glass baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Let it cool then refrigerate. Enjoy!
1/2 cup of coconut sugar and two tablespoons of water. Place them in a small pan and use low heat. You need to mix continuously so the mix doesn’t stick. The sugar will begin to melt, when the sugar is completely dissolved you can pass it on to the baking dish you will be using. It will harden but that’s ok because you will be pouring the pumpkin mix on top.