Easy Healthy Pumpkin Custard - low carb, keto, dairy-free, AIP

This healthy and delicious keto pumpkin custard recipe is like a crustless pumpkin pie, but so much easier! This sugar-free pumpkin pie custard is so simple to make, you can enjoy it any day, but it's fancy enough for special occasions.

Three glasses of pumpkin custard

Pumpkin Pie Flavor Anytime

Pumpkin pie is an all time fave in our house. In fact, my sons pretty much feel that as long as I make our favorite vegan pumpkin pie, they don't care if we have anything else for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Make that FOUR pumpkin pies. At least.

Yes, I really do that.

My family will eat it and well, why clean up more than once?

Bulk baking is totally a thing in my home.

So if you love pumpkin as much as I do, and you especially LOVE pumpkin pie, then here's the answer. You can have pumpkin pie flavor ANYTIME with this super simple recipe.

Anyhow, years ago, I saw this recipe for pumpkin custard and was thrilled that it meets our family’s special diet needs.

It's dairy and egg-free so our son with those life-threatening food allergies could have it. Plus it’s gluten-free (we’ve all been off gluten for awhile now).

I just knew I needed to make it. So I did. And made it better, if I may say so, by mixing up the spices and with and way fewer carbs.

In fact, the family loved this Paleo Pumpkin Custard so much that I made 4 batches and watched in completely disappear in 2 days.

It seriously tastes like a pumpkin pie and won't mess up your low-carb diet.

This custard is perfect for my pumpkin-loving family--and for yours, regardless of your special diet. And even if you aren't on one, you're sure to love it!

Paleo Pumpkin Custard - healthy, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, AIP, low-carb & THM:S

Ingredients

Here's what you will need to make this delish and healthy custard.

Pumpkin - the backbone of this recipe and loaded with lots of essential vitamins and minerals.

Gelatin - this creates that custard texture for your pumpkin. If you're vegan, agar agar will work well too.

Coconut Milk - responsible for adding the dairy-free creaminess to this pumpkin custard. I recommend full-fat for the best texture.

Stevia - this and any additional sweeteners give this custard it’s sweet flavor without unnecessary calories.

Salt - balances out the sweetness and brings out the flavor of the custard.

Vanilla - enhances the flavor of the custard

Pumpkin Pie Spice - adds the perfect pie seasoning

Special Diet Substitutions

Recipe Notes

Is Plastic Wrap on Top Needed for this Custard?

Sometimes when making custard, it's recommended to chill the custard with plastic wrap on top in order to prevent "custard skin".

I didn’t bother with this since I kind of like the “custard skin”, and I don’t like plastic wrap :). It's completely up to you if you wish to use it, of course.

Dishes to Use

I'm partial to the super cute jars pictured in this post, but you could also of course use traditional ramekins.

Time-Saving Tip 

The smaller dish you use, the faster your custard will firm up. So if your kiddos (or you) are hankering for a treat asap, then use very small ramekins, like these :).

Tiny food is fun food!

Coconut Milk 

You can also use any other dairy-free milk (like my Easiest Almond Milk) or regular milk. Coconut and cashew milk will give the creamiest results.

Gelatin

For gelatin, I like Great Lakes, Vital Proteins, or Perfect Supplements. (get 10% off at Perfect Supplements with code WNM.)

Toppings

Pumpkin custard tastes fabulous on its own but tastes extra special with dairy-free ice cream, or this dairy-free whipped cream substitute on top. Crushed up Pumpkin Snickerdoodles or Pumpkin Cookies would be fantastic too.

Sweetener 

When using alternative sweeteners, using more than one can help with the final flavor. We love Lakanto. (Get 20% off Lakanto with code wholenewmom.)

Erythritol can work also but you will need about 30% more. Xylitol is also great but adds some carbs.

Stevia 

Pure Stevia Extract is very sweet. In fact it’s up to 300 times as sweet as sugar, so be very careful when measuring it. This post talks about how to use stevia

You can also read about stevia safety in case you’re concerned about that. If using another sweetener, substitute about 4 tablespoons for every 1/16 teaspoon of stevia.

Storing

This custard should keep in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.

Healthy Pumpkin Custard - paleo, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, AIP, low-carb & THM:S

More Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

If you love pumpkin (like we do!), then be sure to check out these other healthy pumpkin recipes:

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice - great for all your pumpkin recipes

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer - a dairy-free version that's healthier and tastes better than store-bought.

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes - a collection of delicious pumpkin recipes that you can feel good about eating anytime!

Pumpkin Chia Pudding - a paleo, vegan, and low-carb pumpkin version of chia pudding.

I gotta say, this Healthy Pumpkin Custard Recipe is for sure one of my favorites from this entire list for taste and ease.

pumpkin custard in glass cups with text overlay
Three glasses of pumpkin custard

Easy Pumpkin Custard - paleo, low carb, vegan option

This Easy Pumpkin Custard tasted like pumpkin pie and it's healthy enough to eat all year round. Great as a dessert, snack, or even breakfast!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, THM:S, Vegan
Keyword: pumpkin custard
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 144.4kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Sprinkle the gelatin over water and stir thoroughly to avoid clumping. Let it sit until it gels up.
  • While it's gelling, combine pumpkin, coconut milk, spices, and sweeteners in a pot until quite warm but not simmering.
  • Remove pan from heat.
  • Once the gelatin is somewhat solidified, whisk it throughly into the heated pumpkin mixture.
  • Pour the blended pumpkin mixture into desired serving dish.
  • If you would prefer to avoid "custard skin" on the top of your custard, put plastic wrap on top so that it directly touches the custard.
  • Refrigerate until firm and enjoy.

Notes

Milk Choice: We typically use my Homemade Coconut Milk for this and all of our recipes. Please note that any dairy-free or other milk will work, but the end result will vary.  Rice milk isn't as creamy and neither is almond milk.
Some coconut milk has a very strong flavor so make sure you like the one you use before using it in your dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 144.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.1g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 11.8g | Saturated Fat: 10.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.52g | Sodium: 100.9mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 4.8g | Vitamin A: 10300IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.4mg | Net Carbs: 6g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

The above nutrition facts are estimates only. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer here.

Enjoy the easy pumpkin pie goodness anytime! Would love to hear what you think about it!

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  1. 5 stars
    Can you make this with sugar instead of stevia? And how much sugar would you use per recipe? I have a family member with allergies and this would work great for Thanksgiving.

    1. Hi there! I just updated the post for you - that should help! Let me know if you have any other questions and hope you like this! I have a great allergy free pie coming - what are the allergies?

      1. 5 stars
        I haven't made this yet, but it sounds delicious and easy to make. I live alone, so I'm cooking for one. How long will these last in the refrigerator? Thanks ?

        1. Hi there - sorry for the delay. I think about 3-4 days in the fridge. Let's plan on 3. I'll update the post - hope you like it!

  2. Although I have tried and tried to like stevia, I just CAN'T!. I have been type 2 diabetic for about 7 years, now, and although stevia is the one replacement they all say is best, I just can't. I have tried erythritol; (sugar alcohols just aren't good for you); swerve [The main ingredient used in Swerve utilizes glucose from Non-GMO corn for the fermentation process that ultimately yields erythritol. The oligosaccharides in Swerve are sourced from starchy root vegetables.] also not great, monkfruit (just the same as stevia IMHO)

    But I recently found Bocha Sweet. YAY! Bakes, cooks and tastes just like sugar. It is kabocha extract, low heat temperature extraction. Use 1:1 ratio to sugar.
    It has no insulin reactions, meaning it can be taken by T2 diabetics.
    Also, won't cause tooth decay!
    I'm SOOOOOO Glad I found this. I don't mind going without sugar, and actually have learned to cook without it in most recipes, but sometimes I have a recipe I'd like to try that requires sugar.
    If you can't do sugar, or are T2D, you might want to look into this.
    PS:, yes, I've TRIED so many versions of stevia, The pure herb, ground up, and have lots of the flavored/unflavored drops from different brands; powders, etc. I even made my own extract, thinking THAT would work....but no. Still very bitter. Even just a few tiny particles left on my fingers is too much.

  3. 5 stars
    Very yummy! Doesn’t take a lot time. It’s nice to have my pumpkin without all the things I shouldn’t have. I used Vital Proteins for my thickener and it worked fine. So glad I found this recipe. Thank you Adrienne for all your recipes! You are such a wonderful resource for eating healthy and for different health issues.

    1. Awww thank you, Amber! I'm sooo glad it worked out for you. Your kind words mean SOOO much to me. You literally made my day. What a joy. It means more than you know. Working on more recipes right now--hope to have more good ones for you soon!

  4. Just a 4 but only because I think I misread. I tried making the pumpkin custard. Unfortunately I added the water to the pumpkin mixture because i read about pumpkin first. Also I only had low fat coconut milk. I’m thinking that caused it to taste watery. I’ll try again. I highlighted about the collagen. I think i was too tired. Thanks

  5. I must have a different set of taste buds than everyone else. I felt the coconut flavor overpowered the pumpkin - almost neutralizing it. My husband agreed. Also, it was not sweet enough.

    The recipe is very easy to make, so I may give it another try. I will definitely add more sweetener and increase the pumpkin pie spice.

    Do you think I can substitute almond milk for the coconut milk?

    1. Hi Jane, so sorry you had that experience. I did just add some notes to the recipe about other options and yes you can do that. Almond milk isn't as creamy but you might prefer it. Also, what coconut mlk did you use? I have been testing out various coconut milks for this coconut whipped cream, and the end result is so different depending on the brand. There was one that I really didn't even want to eat since it was so coconutty! Hope that helps--did you happen to try it again? Sorry for the delay in responding.

  6. Can I use Stevita drops? How much do you think? Also what about doing a little palm sugar with stevia? Does that lower acridity? Or pointless?

    1. I think you'd want 1 7/8 tsp. Using liquid stevia conversion charts can be tough so not sure! Yes, you could do that w/ the palm. What are you concerned about exactly? Acridity? Thanks and sorry for the delay!

      1. Hi - w Stevita and cutting it with palm or v coconut sugar I was worried about the bitterness and something I read about : I think called caloric disregulation.

        1. Actually blending sweeteners is a great thing to do with low carb sweeteners. Really depends on the dish and the sweeteners. I talk about it in this post and in this one.

          Regarding caloric disregulation, that is a good thing to wonder about. I have seen varying thoughts on it -- this article talks about the mixed thoughts / results of studies. Of course with a dish, there are calories, and note that the article talks mainly about sugar-free sodas, which have no other nutrition in them at all. Perhaps that's they key. As long as some calories are going in, it's not a problem.

          Getting a good stevia is key. I'm trying some more out right now. One that I do like is Omica - you can get 10% off using code wholenewmom.

          Hope that helps!

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe. It was good, and I love that it set up perfectly. Easy to make. Personally, I would add more sweetener because I just like things sweeter, maybe 3 tablespoons of golden Lakanto instead of 2 to start. Otherwise, it was good!

    1. So glad you liked it! That's a funny comment for me to get b/c typically I hear that I like things too sweet--I'll take it! 🙂

  8. I probably overlooked it. but in the "Recipe Notes" I have searched to see how much of the agar powder to use in place of the 1 Tbsp of Gelatin (which I don't digest); is it also 1 Tbsp.?
    I LOVE Pumpkin and am looking forward to trying this recipe!
    Thanks!

  9. Perfect dessert for me. No dairy. No sugar. Great flavour! And quick to whip up. I add a bit more of the pumpkin spice. Thank you for the recipe. It is my go to for dessert. I sometimes will have one for breakfast ?

    1. So glad to hear it!! We agree! I have a Vegan Pumpkin Pie coming soon so stay tuned....also another Pumpkin Cookie recipe ;).

  10. 5 stars
    You have a link above for the stevia scoops. I actually have these measuring spoons. Which one is 1/32? Thanks, and I can't wait to try this recipe!!

      1. Adrienne, they are labeled smidgen, dash, tad and pinch, and I only have 4 instead of the 5 shown on the Amazon link.

          1. I marked with a black marker the 1/32 on mine because they are not marked in a usable way. On the pumpkin custard, my printed copy said 1/38 but I just used the 1/32.

            I love finding great recipes on your web site. Thanks.

            1. Hi there! Can you please tell me what you mean about 1/38? I'm trying to see what you are referring to. Thanks for the kind words! If you ever find a recipe that you love, and are so inclined, coming back to leave a 5 star review helps both other readers to find a winner, but also it helps my site. Thanks much!

  11. This looks delicious and I am planning on making this for Thanksgiving. BUT I am not familiar with 3/8 tsp or 1-/38 tsp. HELP?!?

    1. Hi there. So sorry I missed responding to this. I hope I'm not too late! 3/8 tsp is just 1/8 done 3 times. And 1 3/8 is 1 tsp and 3/8. Does that help?

  12. I’m sorry if I missed it but I didn’t see any notes on alternative sweetners. I’m trying to make it AIP friendly.

    1. Hi there. There are 2 sets of recipes notes above the recipe. Check there and let me know if you think I should highlight that better in some other way. Hope you like it!

    1. Thank you! Yes, sweet potato is a lot sweeter than pumpkin! Have you made it w/o sweetener for the pumpkin as well?

  13. I always crave just a little sweet in the morning, but don't like to have sugar. I know this is probably meant for dessert, but it looks like the perfect breakfast to me! Maybe top it with a little homemade granola ... mmm.