Greek Yogurt Creme Brulee – Low Carb and Gluten-Free


Greek Yogurt Creme Brulee RecipMy kids think I am famous and this gives me no end of amusement.  They think this because I had the opportunity to film a few clips of Get the Skinny with Molly Kimball for a local ABC affiliate in New Orleans.  What they fail to realize is that these clips haven’t even aired yet, and you can’t exactly be famous if nobody has seen them.  And when they do air, they will only be seen by the good people of New Orleans who happen to be up at 6:45am, watching Molly’s show.  I am fairly certain that’s a pretty small percentage of the American population.  But my kids don’t care.  All they care is that Mummy is on TV somewhere, being watched by somebody.  Hey, if Justin Bieber got famous via YouTube, maybe their mother can be famous via WGNO!

But even if it fails to make me a household name, it was such a fun opportunity and I think Molly has a great segment on nutrition and making over traditionally bad-for-you fare.  She and the Swerve crew contacted me recently about a few recipes they wanted to overhaul and wondered if I would be up for the challenge.  One was creme brulee, and she wanted it to be made with Greek yogurt.  Now, you know I don’t shy away from heavy cream and other full-fat delights, but I do realize that much of the population is still on the low-fat craze.  So I could appreciate her idea of making a rich, creamy dessert like creme brulee, with a protein-rich replacement like low fat Greek yogurt.  As long as it doesn’t contain sugar, I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction!

Greek Yogurt Creme Brulee Recipe

I was a little stumped on how to swap in the yogurt for the cream.  I’ve made my fair share of brulee before, with cream and milk, and it’s a rather arduous process, slowly bringing the cream up to temperature and whisking in the egg yolks without cooking them.  And then finally putting the custards in a hot water bath in a low temp oven.  My biggest worry was that heating the yogurt would make it separate out and curdle…not exactly the texture brulee should have.  So I decided to do a little Google research, and lo and behold, there was a great recipe for Greek Yogurt Creme Brulee from a dear blogger friend, Brian of A Thought For Food.  He really did the heavy lifting for me here, I have to confess.  Turns out that since Greek yogurt is already quite thick, it doesn’t need to be cooked into a custard first, so that saved a huge amount of time.  I had to make sure that the whole recipe would work with Swerve, but I was pretty certain it would (and it did).  I lightened up a bit on the vanilla, because I like the tanginess of yogurt and I wanted that to come through.  And brulee-ing the Swerve on top does take a little more time and a little higher heat intensity.  It doesn’t caramlize quite as quickly as sugar, so if you want that brown, crispy top, you need to get in there with that kitchen torch and let her rip!

Greek Yogurt Creme Brulee Recipe

For your enjoyment, here is a clip of Molly’s segment that includes the Creme Brulee, as well as a healthified sugar-free apple crisp (not low carb, but it can be made gluten-free).  I am not physically in this one, but you do hear them talk about me and All Day I Dream About Food.   Does that make me famous?

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Greek Yogurt Creme Brulee

Mildly adapted from A Thought for Food



  1. Preheat oven to 325F and place 4 ramekins in a large baking dish.
  2. For the custard, place yogurt, Swerve, egg yolks, vanilla and cinnamon in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
  3. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins in baking dish. Fill baking dish with hot water to within 1-inch of top of ramekins.
  4. Bake 25 minutes. Custards should still be quite jiggly, and not at all puffed up. Remove and let cool in pan, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Just prior to serving, sprinkle 1 tbsp Swerve over each custard. Use a kitchen torch to melt and caramelize Swerve.
  6. Serve immediately.


Serves 4. Each serving has 6.5 g of carbs.


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  1. Katharine says

    That looks so good!!!! Why did I give away that little blow torch we received as a wedding gift 10 years ago??

  2. says

    Well, you’re famous at my house! Am going to use full fat Fage, and give this a try today. Was wondering if I could torch erythritol. Glad you did it first, as I was expecting some sort of kitchen disaster I could blog about, lol.

    • Carolyn says

      LOL, the first time I tried to caramelize erythritol, I was worried I would blow up my house. It does smoke more than sugar, and it needs more heat, but it gets there!

  3. says

    You are so going to be famous! Shows are talking about you, and you get to be on one – it is just cool! Congrats!
    This creme brulee sounds wonderful. It is my husbands favorite dessert, but he never wants it because of all the calories and fat. I will have to try this version to see what he thinks!

  4. martyn says

    This is an interesting and an attractive idea. Because creme burlee is normall made with half and half or whipping cream (or even manufacturer’s cream, why did you use 2% instead of 4% or full-fat yoghurt? Would it not be more unctious with full-fat yoghurt? Also I think it would be cheaper and work just as well, were you to drain regular full-fat plain yoghurt to thicken it, eh? Of course the yoghurt in any case should be a pure milk product (cow, goat, or sheep) and free of any additives or thickeners or both, yes?

  5. says

    I saw a recipe using Greek yogurt in Creme Brulee, but it puzzled me as it used unsweetened yogurt with no sweetener added, just the sweet topping. This rendition sounds fantastic – I think it definitely helps to have some sweetener in the base.


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