Low-fat custard recipe

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This low-fat custard is the perfect alternative to the high calorie stuff out of packets. Drizzle it over crumbles, pies and warm winter puds to your heart's content.

Low-fat custard
  • Low-fat
  • healthy
Total Time10 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories122 Kcal6%
Sugar4.6 g5%
Fat3.1 g4%
Saturated Fat0.9 g5%
Salt0.1 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein4.1 g8%
Carbohydrates19.4 g7%
Salt0.1 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Drizzle this creamy, low-fat custard over your favourite desserts for a guilt-free treat. 

The calories in puddings can really add up if you dowse your bowl in thick, warm custard, but at the same time - what's the point of warm winter puddings if they don't have some cream or custard over the top? This homemade version is the perfect solution. You might not have thought of making your own custard before, but it only requires five ingredients and it's simple to do. Plus making it yourself means you can control the calories. A portion of this golden topping is only 75 calories and it only takes 10 minutes to knock it together. Serve with a classic apple crumble or stewed apples.


  • 300ml skimmed milk
  • 2tsp cornflour
  • 4 tbsp granular sweetener
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract




  1. Put the milk into a pan and slowly bring to simmer, remove from the heat.
  2. Put the cornflour, sweetener, egg yolks and vanilla extract into a bowl and whisk together until combined.
  3. Gradually whisk in the warm milk, adding a little at a time in a steady stream.
  4. Rinse out the pan, then strain the mixture back into it to ensure there are no lumps. Heat gently, whisking all the time until the custard thickens, it should just coat the back of the spoon. Serve immediately.

Top tip for making low-fat custard:

We’ve used vanilla extract here for ease and speed but you could scrape the seeds from a vanilla pod for a real extravagant punch of flavour.

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Jessica Dady
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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies