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Dairy Free Custard

By January 14, 2012February 19th, 2022Baby and Kids, Dairy Free, Desserts, Egg Free, Vegetarian


Testimony of the Day

“Hi Maria, I have read ALL the diet books, I’ve done LOTS of different diets, LOTS. I understood each diet’s CONCEPTS, but never understood the science UNTIL I met Maria Emmerich! I was eating arugula, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, Ezekial bread, nuts and seeds and on and on, you name it, if we were suppose to eat it, I ate it, including grass fed grass finished beef and I still couldn’t keep the weight off! I could lose weight but I have never been able to maintain it. AND, I would never lose everything I needed to loose.

Now I understand some of the science thanks to Maria, and what IS affecting my chemistry, and I will continue to be a STUDENT with her daily BLOG’S etc.! Before I had a consultation and worked with Maria for 6 weeks, I had been introduced to Maria’s BLOG by an acquaintance almost a year prior. I read, read, read her BLOGS etc. and also bought ALL of her books except the children’s one at that time. That was a year ago. I started to incorporate her recommendations in to my life, food wise, and even some of the supplements she recommends, and I actually still wasn’t loosing. I mentioned this to the acquaintance who introduced me to Maria’s BLOG and she theorized that maybe there is something, supplement wise, that Maria could zero in on that would help me loose and maintain, or that maybe I am still doing something wrong, meaning eating something wrong.

WELL, after working with Maria for 6 weeks I think she has zero’d in on the culprit, dairy!!!! Also, I was, occasionally, eating the Trader Joe’s sprouted grain bread, so between that and the occasional dairy, we are on to something VERY important for me. I am only getting detailed and personal to help you understand that Maria KNOWS HER STUFF! Maria is exactly what I have been looking for, someone who could/would/and did tailor her services to ME, and for ME! Getting back to ALL the books I have read and diets I have done, I have never read one or talked to anyone who can and does explain the science like Maria does, plus I understand it at the same time!!

I am just mad that I didn’t hear about Maria sooner because it could have saved me a lot of money and time AND wear and tear on my body!!! Do what she says as she knows what she is talking about!!! I am just at the early/beginning stage of my journey with Maria, I am running up and down the stairs in my home where before I had to hold on because of the pain, my CRAVINGS are GONE but the fact that I can have something sweet and delicious, “healthified”, while losing weight is a Godsend to me!! The best part is that I don’t even crave anything anymore!! I AM A STUDENT FOR LIFE and will also try to be a TEACHER of Maria’s way and live by example to all my precious children and grandchildren!!! Thank you Maria for ALL that you do and DID for me!! Mary Ellen

To get started like Mary did, click HERE.




Have you ever used PediaSure or Pedialyte to help with baby’s health or dehydration? Pediasure’s second ingredients is sugar, then GMO corn, soy oil, soy protein…this is NOT a healthy product.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Soy Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Soy Protein Isolate, Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Phosphate, Salt (Sodium Chloride), Cellulose Gum, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Monoglycerides, C. Cohnii Oil, m-Inositol, Potassium Hydroxide, Carrageenan, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Sodium Molybdate, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3. Contains milk and soy ingredients.

Babies suffering from diarrhea can benefit extremely by adding in coconut and coconut water; as this fluid can help calm their digestive tract, prevent dehydration and malnutrition.

Coconut oil most resembles a woman’s breastmilk! Coconut provides B vitamins, protein, zinc, phosphorus and iron. It is also high in lauric acid, which also happens to be the main fatty acid found in breast milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

Coconut oil helps cure jaundice. The first solid food eaten by a Thai baby is three spoonfuls of the custard-like flesh of young coconut fed to the baby by a Buddhist priest.

How Coconut Oil Helps Babies:

1. Immune system does not fully develop until 6 months old, only protection against everyday viruses comes by consuming lauric acid.

2. Helps ease an array of stomach and digestive tract problems that often plague infants. This is because the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil combat many of the bacteria, fungi and parasites that often contribute to infant indigestion.

3. Helps improve the body’s ability to absorb other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

4. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for all skin types, including very dry skin and highly sensitive skin, such as that of a newborn infant. This is because it closely resembles human plasma; therefore it helps with Cradle Cap as the antimicrobial properties of this oil are highly effective at soothing this skin inflammation.

The fat in breast milk is filled with lauric acid and capric acid, IF the mother is eating a proper diet. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that lactating mothers who eat coconut oil and other coconut products, have significantly increased levels of lauric acid and capric acid in their breast milk; therefore, the milk supply has increased amounts of the protective antimicrobials, which will give even greater protection to the nursing infant.

The next best food is organic egg yolks, rich in choline, cholesterol and other brain-nourishing substances, can be added to your baby’s diet as early as four months, as long as baby takes it easily. (If baby reacts poorly to egg yolk at that age, discontinue and try again one month later.) Cholesterol is vital for the insulation of the nerves in the brain and the entire central nervous system. It helps with fat digestion by increasing the formation of bile acids and is necessary for the production of many hormones. Since the brain is so dependent on cholesterol, it is especially vital during this time when brain growth is in hyper-speed. Choline is another critical nutrient for brain development. The traditional practice of feeding egg yolks early is confirmed by current research. A study published in the June 2002 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared the nutritional effects of feeding weaning infants 6-12 months of age regular egg yolks, enriched egg yolks, and an otherwise normal diet. The researchers found that both breastfed and formula-fed infants who consumed the egg yolks had improved iron levels when compared with the infants who did not. In addition, those infants who got the egg yolks enriched with extra fatty acids had 30 percent to 40 percent greater DHA levels than those fed regular egg yolks. No significant effect on blood cholesterol levels was seen.

If you need more help on how to properly feed you baby or to help with a constipated baby, click HERE for the healthy baby package.



5 egg yolks
1/4 cup Swerve or other approved sweetener
3 cups whole coconut milk
OPTIONAL: 3 TBS coconut flour (makes it less liquid so babies can pick up chunks)

1 TBS vanilla extract (or other extract…Kai LOVES banana and strawberry) Click HERE to find organic extracts.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Heat the coconut milk in a small saucepan until simmers. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sweetener, coconut flour and vanilla extract. Slowly add the coconut milk, whisking constantly.

Pour the custard into 6 ramekins. Place ramekins in a deep baking pan and pour enough boiling water in the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the custard sets. Do not over bake; it should be a little soft in the center. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to firm up. Makes 6 servings.

Traditional Custard = 360 calories, 32g fat, 5g protein, 16 carbs, 2.6g fiber
“Healthified” Custard = 327 calories, 32g fat, 5g protein, 7.4 carbs, 3.6g fiber

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Tracy says:

    If I have a 4yo who is allergic to eggs, would this recipe be safe for her? Do eggs separate well enough that the whites don’t get in?

  • Anonymous says:

    I have been using coconut oil for some time now…but shelling out lots of money for unrefined organic coconut oil. I see here that you are showing refined organic coconut oil? Would love to save money, is the refined as healthy as the unrefined??

  • Naomi says:

    Hey! Wonderful recipe. I live in Australia and don’t have access to Just Like Sugar, is truvia or erythrol/stevia glycerate a possible alternative for this recipe? And I own all your books…but with your delightful newest one, many of the recipes have Just Like Sugar…so am I able to substitute something for all of them? it’s just near impossible to get JLS here in Oz unless paying huge shipping costs from USA. Thank you!

  • Pinky Higgs says:

    I’m an Aussie too just like Naomi and would love to know an Australian Just Like Sugar substitute. I currently use crystallized erythrol and stevia drops.

    I love this article too, thanks so much Maria. I am finding all your posts on baby health extremely helpful!

    – Pinky

  • In any recipe you can use ZSweet, Truvia, Organic Zero, Xylitol or Just Like Sugar. In order to use
    a different product, use the same amount of sweetener for the amount of erythritol in the recipe
    and omit the stevia (except for Organic Zero, that is only erythritol and you will still need stevia
    for sweetness).

    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup ZSweet
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Truvia
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Xylitol
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Just Like Sugar
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Organic Zero and 1 tsp stevia

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Maria!
    This sounds good, but I’m not sure as to which coconut milk I should use. Are you referring to the milk found in cans or paper cartons? Could you point me in the correct direction via your Amazon Store?
    Thank you!

  • Thank you for your interest!

    I like this coconut milk: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B001HTJ2BQ

    The stuff in the can:)

  • Anonymous says:

    This tasted great, but mine was pretty runny. I baked it for 30 mins. Just wondering if you have any ideas to get it a little thicker. I want my toddler to eat it with a spoon with out it getting all over. (She will not let me feed her anymore).

  • Crissy says:

    I just made this (for myself)instead of going for ice cream and it’s awesome, I’m definitely making more tomorrow for the kids, thanks so much!

  • Tom says:

    Thanks for sharing information….Thanks

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  • Anonymous says:

    Ok, my little boy has been drinking Pediasure and I am desperately trying to find an alternative. He has cystic fibrosis and needs to calories to maintain his weight. I really want a more natural, less gmo/high fructose option. He however is addicted to the stuff so it will have to be very similar in taste. Any suggestions? Would like to be dairy free.

  • Thanks Anonymous!

    He might like this recipe better:
    Chocolate Mousse

    1 can coconut milk
    1/4 cup plus 1 T cocoa powder
    1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    … sweetener to taste (stevia, truvia, but any dry sweetener will do.)

    Open the coconut milk, and leave the can (or transfer to a bowl) in the fridge overnight. (Don’t shake the can before opening.) It should get very, very thick. (If it doesn’t, you’ve gotten a bad can that won’t work for the recipe. Once thick, transfer to a bowl (you can opt to leave out the watery bit at the bottom of the can, if you want it even thicker) and whip in your cocoa, vanilla, and sweetener with a fork, or even beaters if you want to be fancy.You can pipe the mousse out using an icing tip. Stored uncovered in the fridge, the mixture gets even thicker.

    • Angie says:

      I wish I knew about the coconut milk when I was breastfeeding. I’m learning so much from your blog. I did the Chocolate Mousse and my 11 month old baby loved it. I also have a 5 year old that drinks pediasure and as soon as I read this portion of your blog, I discontinued it and told my husband no more pediasure. Is the custard good for my 5 year old too? She hardly wants to eat and loved McDonalds, which I’m also discontinuing immediately, I just need my husband to get on board with me. Thanks

    • Yes,it would be great for him too. 🙂

    • Janet t says:

      could I serve this as a mousse for guests? by just pouring it into bowls??? my husband would love this…

  • I totally agree with you that if the mother eats coconut product more, she easily get enhanced levels of lauric acid and capric acid in their breast milk. It’s fantastically looking one of great experienced source for me. I am totally surprised to see this one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Instead of cow’s milk when a baby turns 1 do you suggest coconut milk in the can or the coconut milk beverage by So Delicious or the Almond Breeze unsweetended?

  • I’m in the Phililppines where I can buy coconut [sap] sugar for far cheaper…. measurement suggestions?

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi, I love your way of eating and want to get pregnant in the near future. I want my pregnancy and future baby to have the most healthful benefits as well. I wasn’t aware of the coconut milk or almond milk being beneficial and am wondering what other things are also beneficial that we aren’t aware of for eating during pregnancy and what to give our babies. Do you have any books on this or are there any books you recommend for learning about this? I definitely will be giving my child the coconut milk and almond milk since I just learned from you that it is highly beneficial. Thanks!

  • Johnb189 says:

    There is clearly a bundle to realize about this. I suppose you made some good points in features also. ecebeacedkfk

  • Kati says:

    I wonder if you could run this through your ice cream maker with spectacular results ?

  • Clare Giammusso says:

    Maria do you have an opinion on a product named XyloSweet. I buy it in a local health food market and I really like it alot

  • Amber says:

    My baby is about to be 6 months on Monday and is breastfed. Looking at your kids book and on here I am confused. Should the custard be her 1st food? You wrote that egg yolks should be but are they cooked somehow or raw?

    • cemmerich says:

      I would always cook them. You can make something like this or just hard boil eggs and remove the yolks. 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    HI Maria my son is 2 mos. old, I’m having trouble with my milk production and I don’t wanna switch to formula. Do you have any suggestions on what formula I can use or make?

  • Melissa says:

    What do you think would happen if I made this recipe but used the technique from your tiramisu biscotti with custard? Meaning, cook it on the stovetop instead of in the oven? Is there too much coconut milk for it to set up that way?? Thanks!
    Also, I live in Canada and have a difficult time finding decent priced coconut milk. I love Native Forest, but it’s nearly $4 a can here. I found some on a paleo website that has coconut extract as the main ingredient. Is that real coconut milk? http://www.eatsavage.ca/index.php?id_product=82&controller=product

  • Melissa says:

    The other thing I am concerned about is this other brand (Choysco) does not say ‘BPA free’. Have you ever heard of this brand before? Thanks so much for your time! 🙂

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