Keto Coconut Cheese Flan garnished with coconut and served on a white platter
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Keto Coconut Cheese Flan 🍮

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This Keto Coconut Cheese Flan is a taste of Cuba! This Flan de Coco y Queso is sugar-free, low carb, easy to make and looks mighty impressive! It’s beautiful made in a bundt pan for a crowd and perfect in ramekins for individual servings.

Keto Coconut Cheese Flan garnished with coconut and served on a white platter
Keto Coconut Cheese Flan ready for a party

THE INSPIRATION

Versailles, the classic Cuban restaurant in Little Havana, Miami with their amazing selection of flan, is the inspiration for this recipe. I am luckily to have visited and enjoyed meals several times with family – you MUST visit if you are in Miami! During our last visit we couldn’t decide between the different flan options so we ordered them all! Traditional flan, coconut flan and queso flan, each more delicious than the last. No one could choose a favorite and next time we’re back, we’ll likely order then all again!

This Keto Coconut Cheese Flan 🍮 recipe is an imaginary love child of the different flans at Versailles. It has the light texture of the traditional flan, the sweetness and flavor of the coconut flan, and a tangy note and creaminess from the cheese flan.

KEY INGREDIENTS

Allulose

This amazing sweetener performs so much like sugar, it allows the caramelization necessary for our Keto Coconut Cheese Flan. This magic ingredient gives our flan a rich caramel layer and beautiful sweet caramel sauce just the way sugar would traditionally. I think I’m drooling…

Check out more keto recipes with allulose.

Cream Cheese

This is the queso in our Keto Coconut CHEESE Flan. When I first ordered the cheese flan from Versailles I thought for sure we were getting some crazy savory flan – I was so pleasantly surprised to learn that the queso in it was cream cheese! The flan at Versaille amazing cheesecake like texture! The addition in our recipe adds some richness and body to the flan.

Coconut Milk 🥥

I use light coconut milk to create the custard for this Keto Coconut Cheese Flan. It lends incredible flavor and when paired with the cream cheese it has an unbeatable texture!

TECHNIQUE

Flan is a custard, and our Keto Coconut Cheese Flan gets its nice texture by cooking in a hot water bath! Sadly, this doesn’t work for humans and I’m primary evidence. For custards, the hot water allows the mix to cook evenly and not result in cracks and bubbles. Traditionally, one would place foil topped ramekins into a cake pan and pour in boiling water before placing into the oven. I use a cheater method and put water and cake pan into the oven as it preheats and then carefully place the custard into the water. Either way you’re dealing with hot water so please be careful!

EQUIPMENT

  • Nonstick pan
  • Bundt pan
  • Cake pan (for water bath)
  • FOIL

TROUBLESHOOTING

This recipe is surprisingly simple to make but when you’re in the kitchen, anything can happen!

What if I don’t have a bundt pan for my flan?

No problem! This recipe is great in a pie pan or in single serve ramekins.

What if the caramel topping for my flan doesn’t brown?

Give it a little more time and turn up the heat a pinch.

What if the caramel topping for my flan turns completely solid while I’m cooking it?

Turn the heat way down and add 1-2 tablespoons of water to rehydrate it. As long as it’s not burnt, it should be find.

What if the caramel topping for my flan gets very dark?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Sorry but if it seems burnt it will just ruin the custard. It’s much easier to start over and make another batch. Practice makes perfect!

SERVING

How should I serve the Keto Coconut Cheese Flan?

  • Serve after some amazing Cuban food – how about with Vaca Frita?
  • Coconut is great with Hawaiian food, serve after Kalua Pig
  • Would be nice as a part of a tea or brunch buffet
  • This is easy, an impressive to take to a get together

What should I drink with Keto Coconut Cheese Flan?

Cafe Cubano of Cafecito- some wonderful Cuban coffee! Or coffee about any which way would be perfect with this caramel custard!

STORING

Keep any leftover Keto Coconut Cheese Flan in the fridge and plan to eat in 2-3 days.

Keto Coconut Cheese Flan

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Keto Coconut Cheese Flan garnished with coconut and served on a white platter

Keto Coconut Cheese Flan

Lindsay
Easy to make Keto Coconut Cheese Flan with a caramel top and coconut garnish. Low carb, keto and sugar-free. Perfect make ahead crowd pleaser!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
chilling 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 4
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients
  

Caramel Layer

  • 2 tablespoons allulose
  • 1/4 cup water

Custard

  • 3/4 cup lite coconut milk I used the Sprouts brand when making
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz cream cheese full fat
  • 4 tablespoons allulose
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut unsweetened (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coconut caramel sauce (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons allulose
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut unsweetened

Instructions
 

Caramel Layer

  • Add allulose and water to a nonstick pan.
  • Bring to a boil and cook until the mix turns a light brown color. Watch carefully, it can burn very quickly!
  • Carefully pour the caramel top into your pan.

Custard

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Add custard ingredients to blender and mix thoroughly. You can add shredded coconut, if you're using it, before or after blending depending on how much texture you'd like in the flan.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into your ramekins or bundt pan over the caramel layer.
  • Cover with foil and place custard into cake pan with boiling water (see note on technique above).
  • Cook for 25 minutes and then check for doneness. The custard should be a big jiggly. If its wet and sloshy, give it a few more minutes.
  • When done, remove from water bath and remove foil. Allow to cool on the counter, then place in the fridge for four hours.
  • Before serving, run a knife around the edge and careful invert on a plate. You'll be rewarded with a gorgeous caramel layer and golden sauce! Enjoy!

Coconut Caramel Sauce (optional)

  • Combine allulose and water and bring to a boil.
  • Once lightly browned add in shredded coconut. Continue cooking and stirring until caramelized and combined.
  • Allow to cool and top flan before serving.

Notes

Nutrition: per serving, based on four servings
Calories 130, Protein 4.2 g, Net Carbs 1.6 g, Fat 11.6 g
Information from Cronometer provided for reference, please calculate using your ingredients
Keyword party

26 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow, I love how creative this recipe is! I’m pretty much a fan of any recipe with coconut milk in it, so I’m sure this will be great! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Thank you, Alyssa! I love that this one looks kind of fancy but is actually really easy to make! The coconut gives it great flavor! Thanks again for sharing your feedback!

  2. 5 stars
    As a vegetarian it can be hard to find great keto recipes, but this is one of those gems I need to bookmark right now! Will try this out ASAP for sure, thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    interesting flan recipe very different from a flan recipe I know and this looks really good. Glad you shared a little history about this recipe. I think everything with coconut milk is really good.

  4. Never tried any keto recipe, but I love flans and this one is so mouthwatering. Love the inspiration story behind it too, makes me wanna visit Versailles lol!

    • Thanks so much, Christine, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! Yes, definitely visit Versailles if you’re ever in the area – it is ridiculously good (and affordable)!

  5. I’m excited to try this recipe. I dint see the instructions for the caramel layer though.

  6. I’ve only ever had traditional flan before but now I am intrigued knowing there are other versions! This one sounds really good! I’ll have to try it out, as flan is one of my husband’s favorite dishes.

  7. 5 stars
    Oh, my world! Caramel sauce not optional at all for me!! Now I’m annoyed that I missed this place while in Miami! I will have to make your flan. I guess I’ll have a very tough February

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve never had flan before, but this looks so creamy and delicious. I love that you used coconut milk, as it’s one of my favorite ingredients.

  9. 5 stars
    Loved the recipe using coconut milk. I always have coconut milk in my pantry and I am going to try this one soon.

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve been doing keto for a while so I REALLY appreciate these amazing dessert recipes! YUM!

  11. This looks so delicious, I’m going to make it as a special treat tonight! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. 5 stars
    Wow! I’ve never seen anything like this before but it looks incredible! Definitely inspired to give this a try. 🙂

  13. Looks good! Was wondering what other brands of coconut milk can I use for Keto? The sprout brand is sold out.

    • Hi, Danielle, thanks for checking out the recipe! Any coconut milk brand should work, just make sure there isn’t added sugar (there usually isn’t). It will change the macros a bit but any version should work fine. Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!

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