Lighter Chocolate Pot De Creme

3 Glass jars of Light Chocolate Pot de Creme with pink rose petals

This being Valentine’s day, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to talk about one of my favorite topics: dessert. Occasionally I get a look of surprise from friends or colleagues when they see me tucking into something decadent. Somehow, as a dietitian, I’m not supposed to eat such goodies. But I’m rather fond of sweets, particularly chocolate. And I find deprivation only backfires.

There is indeed room for indulgence in a healthy diet, for adults and kids. It’s really a matter of how much you eat and how often you eat it. I have a few guiding principles around indulging:

Make it worth your while

That is, go for good quality, whether it’s a piece of delicious dark chocolate or a slice of cake from your favorite bakery.

Keep it Petite

Opt for the kid’s scoop at the ice cream parlor, divide dessert three ways after a meal out, or split those giant cookies sold at so many coffee houses.

Pile on the Fruit

Enjoy a slice of cake with loads of berries, accompany a scoop of vanilla ice cream with fresh grilled pineapple.

Minimize the Goodies 

Usually if there are sweets around, it’s something homemade that doesn’t linger too long. Ice cream is something we go out for instead of keep in the freezer.

Make Baking Wholesome

Gravitate towards fruit-based desserts, swap out some of the white flour for whole grain, scale back the sugar, butter and cream, and so on. Cooking Light and Eating Well magazines are good resources, as well as “Good to the Grain,” a baking book written by a seasoned pastry chef who does wonders with whole grain flours.

This pot de creme recipe fulfills all of the guiding principles: it’s worth your while, the portions are small, though satisfying, it’s wonderful with berries, when they are in season, it won’t linger in your fridge, and it has less cream and sugar than most recipes out there.

This recipe is a little simpler than most. I’ve skipped a few steps that might make my pastry chef sister-in-law shudder in her baking clogs. Luckily she had a baby yesterday and won’t likely be reading this post.

Lighter Pot de Creme

Lighter Pot de Creme
5 from 1 vote

Lighter Chocolate Pot de Creme

Chocolate Pot De Creme is really just a fancy name for chocolate custard. These are decadent tasting but come in at a reasonable 265 calories each. Also, if your kids aren't crazy about dark chocolate, use semi-sweet instead of bittersweet.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 265 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream or fresh berries for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Arrange five 4-ounce heatproof ramekins or other cooking vessels in a deep baking dish.

  2. Shave, grate or finely chop the chocolate and put it in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine the milk, cream and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves and bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Pour milk over the chocolate and stir with a whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Allow it to cool for a few minutes until it is warm, not hot, to the touch.
  4. Gently whisk the egg yolks, egg and vanilla in a small bowl until blended. Add the eggs to the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour it into the 5 ramekins. Fill the baking pan with enough very hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

  5. Bake until the edges of the chocolate are firm and the center moves a little when jiggled, about 20 minutes. The time may vary, however, depending on the size of your ramekins. Avoid touching the top of the cremes because they won’t be quite so pretty.
  6. Take the baking pan out of the oven and remove the cups from the pan. Allow them to cool on the counter for an hour.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Just before serving sprinkle a tiny pinch of fleur de sel over the top of each cup.



02.13.2012 at8:19 AM #

Sally Kuzemchak

These look great! Just pinned it. 🙂

02.13.2012 at8:19 AM #

Katie Morford

oohh. thanks!

02.13.2012 at10:02 AM #


yum~~~ thank you for the Happy Valentines Day desert! They look so beautiful in their heart shaped ramekins!

02.13.2012 at10:20 AM #

Anne Mullen


Speaking of “Yum”, I made the roasted sweet potatoes the other night. Big yum! And so easy; just my type. Thanks.

02.13.2012 at10:20 AM #

Katie Morford

Maybe you’re ready for soufflé!

02.15.2012 at6:35 PM #


Thank you Katie! I’d normally be intimidated by this kind of recipe, but decided to try it for Valentine’s dinner for my sweetheart last night. Neither of us are big dessert eaters, but we loved it: deeply chocolate-y, lovely texture, not too rich, hard to stop eating. And the fleur de sel made the chocolate zing. Maybe I’m ready to try a souffle!

FYI: it probably took 30-40 minutes at 325 to get to the jiggly stage.

Thanks again.

02.15.2012 at6:35 PM #

Katie Morford

You are so sweet to take the time to share that feedback. I’m so glad they worked out for you. I appreciate the info about cooking time and have added a line to reflect that … since ramekin size can be a factor. xo

02.15.2012 at11:28 PM #

kim brady

Having guests fro dinner Friday and can’t wait to follow up with this for dessert. Thanks!

01.16.2023 at12:11 PM #

Mary Ellen Stumpfl

Katie, I just made these again in mini mason jars. My guests were impressed! This is so delicious and easy but feels special!

01.16.2023 at12:11 PM #

Katie Morford

Aw! That sounds so cute. Glad you like the recipen:)

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