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Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote (Vegan)

Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote Recipe

  • Author: Nicole Charles
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote is sweet, tangy, and simply decadent! It’s an easy no-bake dessert featuring a lightly lemon-flavored vegan custard topped with a juicy, naturally sweetened strawberry compote for a delightful summer treat!


Units Scale

Vegan Lemon Custard

Strawberry Compote

  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and chopped in half
  • 2 TBSP coconut or maple sugar
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice



  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together coconut milk, arrowroot starch, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt and turmeric (if using).
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk continuously for 3-5 minutes, or until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.*
  3. Set aside and let cool.**

Strawberry Compote

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the halved strawberries, maple or coconut sugar, and lemon juice. Stir to coat the strawberries in sugar completely.
  2. Let the mixture simmer. As strawberries begin to soften, use a spoon and gently press down on them until they release a bit of liquid.
  3. Continue to simmer and stew the berries for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the compote is your desired consistency.***
  4. Remove the compote from heat and let cool slightly. 

To Assemble

  1. Pour or spoon the desired amount of custard into individual serving dishes and drizzle the warm compote on top.


*Ensure the custard does not boil at a high temperature, or else the arrowroot starch will lose its thickening ability.

**To serve chilled or firmer custard: Once it has cooled slightly, divide it into individual serving glasses or bowls and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. The custard will set more the longer it chills.

***To thicken compote, make a slurry with 1 TBSP arrowroot or tapioca starch and 1.5 TBSP water. Whisk into the compote just before taking it off the stove. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lemon custard, strawberry compote, vegan dessert, no-bake desserts, fruit desserts, summer desserts, vegan custard, strawberry desserts, lemon desserts, gluten-free desserts, dairy-free desserts