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How to Make Vegan Lemon Curd

4.6 from 10 votes
If you're Vegan or just trying to avoid eggs, and think you can't have a creamy lemon curd, my Vegan Lemon Curd recipe wants you to think again!
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Hi Bold Bakers!

Lemon curd is a staple in any Bold Baker’s fridge. If you’re vegan or don’t eat eggs and have had to shy away from making this incredible fruity treat, I’m here to show you how to make a killer VEGAN Lemon Curd! This recipe is thick, rich, and full of bright citrus flavors without the use of any dairy products or eggs. Get ready to spread Vegan Lemon Curd on toast, scones, or dollop it on top of cakes, pies, and more! And it’s perfect for my No-Bake Lemon Meringue Cheesecake!

[ If you’re OK with eggs and short on time, you can actually make Lemon Curd in the Microwave! ]

How do I thicken my Vegan Lemon Curd?

Since my Vegan Lemon Curd is not thickened with eggs, you use a combination of cornstarch, coconut oil, and almond milk. All of these ingredients combine and react with the heat of the pan to make for a super thick and rich curd. You only need a small amount of cornstarch to create the perfect texture, just 3 tablespoons of cornstarch thicken a big batch and help to keep this recipe free of animal products.

What vegan recipes can I use with my Vegan Lemon Curd?

Vegan Lemon Curd can be used in all the same ways traditional lemon curd is used. I love it on top fresh fruit for a lovely quick dessert. Or it works really well layered between cake and coconut cream for a beautiful vegan trifle

How do I store Vegan Lemon Curd?

Keep it in an airtight container or in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. You will find your self adding it into so many things. From inside crepes to on top of my Dairy-Free Ice Cream, I doubt it will last very long!

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Tips and Tricks to making Vegan Lemon Curd:

  • Use fresh lemon juice! Store bought lemon juice does not have the same potent fresh flavor!
  • To juice your lemons easily, stick a fork in the center and twist to release all the juice.
  • Strain the juice before adding into the curd to ensure there are no seeds in the lemon curd.
  • Use coconut sugar if you do not want to use refined sugar.
  • You can use vegan butter instead of coconut oil if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Use a microplane to get the most zest off or your lemons.
  • While waiting for the curd to thicken, whisk constantly and slowly over medium-low heat. When it does thicken it will happen fast.

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Vegan Lemon Curd Recipe

4.6 from 10 votes
If you're Vegan or just trying to avoid eggs, and think you can't have a creamy lemon curd, my Vegan Lemon Curd recipe wants you to think again!
Author: Olivia Crouppen
Servings: 2 cups
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 12 mins
If you're Vegan or just trying to avoid eggs, and think you can't have a creamy lemon curd, my Vegan Lemon Curd recipe wants you to think again!
Author: Olivia Crouppen
Servings: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (2 ½ floz/71ml) water
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sugar
  • juice of 4 large lemons, about 1/2 cup (4floz/115ml)
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/57ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) coconut oil

Instructions

  • Place the lemon zest and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in the water to make a smooth paste, then whisk in the lemon juice and sugar.
  • Whisk constantly and slowly until the sugar has dissolved. Continue to cook the curd while whisking until it becomes very thick. This will take 7-10 minutes.
  • Once the mixture begins to thicken, turn the heat down to low and add the almond milk and coconut oil. Stir until melted and smooth then remove from the heat.
  • Pour the hot lemon curd into a bowl or jar and allow to cool completely at room temperature. Lay cling wrap directly on the curd and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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Louise
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Louise
5 months ago

Thank you so much for this recipe!
I’ve just made it and it turned out perfectly.
I substituted the coconut oil for dairy free Marge, and used oat milk.
So quick and easy to make.

Picaflor
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Picaflor
1 month ago

Thank you for this recipe, it came out great and I will make it again.
At first I thought it wouldn’t settle hard enough to be used to fill a tart base. I left the tart in the fridge overnight and it’s perfect.
I reduced the sugar to 130g, but that’s me, I love lemon.

Dana
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Dana
2 months ago

I was wondering if I’d need to change any of the measurements if I wanted to make blueberry lemon curd instead of just lemon. If so do you have any suggestions for the alterations? I was planning to heat up the blueberries in a saucepan until they’ve softened/burst, blend them, and then put them through a sieve. Add the purée in with the lemon juice? Thank you in advance for any help and your time!

Cat
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Cat
4 months ago

I am so excited make this today! ???? ???? question: surely one could freeze it for longer storage?

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clippers
4 months ago

I made the lemon curd it came out great made lemon tars with it.

Kay
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Kay
7 months ago

What can you use in place of cornstarch?

Kathy H.
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Kathy H.
8 months ago

Hi Gemma, this recipe looks wonderful!! Thanks for thinking of us who don’t eat eggs. I was wondering what can be used in place of the coconut oil? I would love to know. Thank you sooooooo much!!
Have a wonderful weekend. ; ) Kathy

prachi
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prachi
8 months ago

Hi how much Is 3 tablespoons of cornstarch in grams ?

Tulaja
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Tulaja
8 months ago

Hi
GEMMA
FAN OF YOUR RECIPE’S
WE R COMPLETELY VEGAN FAMILY WANT YOUR EXPERIENCE IN IT
THANK YOU

Dawn
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Dawn
8 months ago

Hi Gemma, what is cornstarch. We do not get it in India. Can I mix Cornelius with water to get cornstarch. If so what will be the proportion. Thanks for your help. We enjoy all your recipes at home here.

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