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How to make healthy vanilla custard!

  1. The Dutch are huge lovers of desserts, and custard is one of the products from which we get rid of liters and liters on average every year. Very logical, because such a cup of vanilla custard after dinner is of course delicious to wash down the meal.

  1. The downside? The stuff is very sweet and therefore packed with sugar! Even most recipes for making your own vanilla custard are still relatively unhealthy. Simply because they are very strongly sweetened. Fortunately, things can also be better, as we'll show you in today's blog!

Why not 'regular' custard?

  1. That vanilla custard from the supermarket is not a very good part of a responsible diet, will probably be clear to everyone. It contains practically no actually healthy ingredients.

  1. Milk, maybe, but even that not everyone can handle that well - and unceremoniously bumps all possible health benefits into the ground with enormous amounts of sugar and artificial colors and flavors that you cannot get anywhere. other recipes for homemade vanilla custard often yield little improvement, they often still contain a lot of sugar.

Healthy vanilla custard

  1. The good news is that those ingredients can indeed be replaced by healthier alternatives. Sugar remains a tricky case: although other sweeteners, such as honey, do contain more healthy substances, they still remain sugars. They are fine as a treat every now and then, but it is better not to eat this custard every day!

  1. In this recipe we use arrowroot as a binder. This is a natural binder that is not only gluten-free and easy to digest, but also has a number of other benefits. For example, you can freeze it well, and it can also be used in acidic foods. A must for every pantry!

Vanilla powder

  1. A final ingredient that is of great importance for this healthier vanilla custard is natural vanilla powder. It is important to note that this is not the same as vanilla sugar, vanilla extract or all those other vanilla products that recipes often use to create a mild vanilla flavor.

  1. We are simply talking about the powder that you scrape from the pith of a vanilla pod, which is dark in color and has a sweet, pure taste.

  1. Vanilla not only ensures that you need less sugar, it also adds extra vitamins and minerals to your custard. So always use pure powder instead of extracts!

Make your own custard!

  1. So how do we make that custard without refined sugar? Bring 250 ml of almond milk and 150 ml of coconut milk to the boil, along with 1 tsp vanilla powder and a pinch of sea salt. Reduce the heat, add 3 tbsp honey, 2 egg yolks and 35 g arrowroot and mix until smooth.

  1. Keep stirring with a whisk for a few minutes while simmering, then remove from heat and let cool. If there are still a lot of blobs in it, you can run it through the blender for a while. Then put it in the fridge for an hour.

  1. It is wise to cover the surface with cling film; this way you prevent a skin from ending up on your custard. Optionally, you can whip up the vanilla custard once it has cooled down. Delicious with fresh strawberries!

  1. Not such a fan of vanilla custard? Then you can of course also choose to make a variant with chocolate; cocoa powder is certainly not unhealthy, and you can add that to your heart's content.

  1. You can omit vanilla powder, but because of the sweet taste many people like to use it in addition to the cocoa. Of course you can also vary as much as you want, for example with fruits or homemade muesli in the chocolate custard. Enjoy your meal!



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