Chocolate Crème Brûlée

  • Serves: 10; 1/2 cup per serving


If crème brûlée is your favorite restaurant dessert, you will be pleased to know how easy it is to make at home.


  • 3 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • Egg substitute equivalent to 6 eggs, or 6 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips
  • Scant 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the half-and-half and cocoa (the mixture will be lumpy). Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, or until the half-and-half is slightly warm. Whisk the mixture again to help dissolve the lumps.

Whisk in the egg substitute and 2/3 cup sugar. Pour 1/2 cup mixture into each of ten 6-ounce broilerproof custard cups.

Spoon 1 teaspoon chocolate chips into the middle of each custard cup. Place the custard cups on a 17x12x1-inch rimmed baking sheet or large baking pan. Fill the baking sheet half full with warm water, or fill the baking pan to a depth of 1 inch.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center is set (doesn’t jiggle when gently shaken). Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack. Carefully transfer the custard cups to another cooling rack. Let cool for 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to two days.

At serving time, preheat the broiler.

Uncover the custard cups. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar over each serving. Put the cups on a broilerproof pan.

Broil with the tops of the cups about 2 inches from the heat for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the sugar is caramelized (watch carefully so it does not burn).

To serve, put each custard cup on a plate. Garnish the crème brûlée with the raspberries.

Nutritional Analysis
Per serving
Calories Per Serving
Total Fat
1.5 g
Saturated Fat
0.5 g
Trans Fat
0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.5 g
0 mg
148 mg
40 g
2 g
31 g
10 g

Dietary Exchanges

1 fat-free milk, 1 1/2 other carbohydrate

This recipe is reprinted with permission from The New American Heart Association Cookbook, Seventh Edition, Copyright © 2004 by the American Heart Association. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Available from booksellers everywhere.