Cream Cheese Flan – Low calorie

cream cheese flan low calorie

It’s really hot outside and I find it difficult to concentrate on anything and everything. I guess my body can never get used to summer.

However, I know how to overcome this, I have few good friends, and they help me feel refreshed almost immediately. They are Ice cream, lemonade, mixed fruit smoothie, and of course a chilled flan.

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Today I’m presenting Cream Cheese Flan. This time I made it light just for you.

This baby is creamy, silky, and you can never guess it’s low in calorie. One serving is enough to fill you up and eliminate your cravings.

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I’ve added fruits in my clicks, to remind you and me that sugar cravings can be eliminated by eating fruits too. Living a healthy life means, eating what you like but in moderation!



Cream Cheese Flan

Serves 4. One serving is 250 calories

You need 4 ramekins each can take 1 cup.


For the flan:

2 medium eggs

2 egg white

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups milk

1/4 cup low fat cream cheese at room temperature. (I’ve used Philadelphia lite, in some countries it’s read as, lightest, other countries, extra light.)

For the caramel:

1/4 cup brown sugar for caramel

2 tablespoons water


Making the caramel:

-Pour the sugar and water into a small pan. Do not stir.

-When the sugar melts, swirl the pan occasionally.

-When the caramel turns dark golden in color, remove from heat.

-Quickly pour the caramel into the ramekins. Swirl the ramekins to spread the caramel evenly.

-Set aside to cool. Do not put the caramel in the fridge.

*Note: If the caramel didn’t cover the bottom of the ramekin, place the microwave safe ramekin in the microwave for 15 – 20 seconds, this will melt the caramel and then it will spread easily.


Making the flan:

– Preheat oven to 370F/190C.

-In a bowl, add the cream cheese and sugar. Whisk until well combined.

-Add the eggs and egg whites and whisk well, add the vanilla and whisk some more.

-Heat the milk until it’s about to boil. Remove from heat, add one ladle to the egg mixture, whisk immediately and quickly to avoid cooking the eggs.

-Pour the rest of the milk to egg mixture while whisking.

-Pour a bit less than a cup of the flan mixture to each ramekin.

-Place ramekins in a roasting tin and fill the tin halfway with boiling water.

-Place the tin in the middle rack of the oven, and cook for 1 1/4 hours until the custard has set.

-Remove the ramekins from the roasting tin and set on a cooling rack.

-When cool, transfer to the fridge for four hours or overnight.

-When serving, run the tip of a palette knife along the edges of the flan. Place a serving dish on top of the ramekin and flip upside down.

Note: In my videos I use white sugar since a family member can’t tolerate brown sugar.


16 Comments on Cream Cheese Flan – Low calorie

  1. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    16/06/2013 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

    This looks amazing, I love how light it seems!! Lovely recipe xx

    • munatycooking
      16/06/2013 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you :)

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    16/06/2013 at 9:28 am (2 years ago)

    A perfect flan! Who could tell that’s just 250 calories! Thumbs up for you, Muna.

  3. Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking
    16/06/2013 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

    Oh I was just thinking of making a flan, yours looks divine Muna! I love that yours is low cal. Pictures look tempting and video perfect to show us how to make it. Great post! i wish you wonderful week ahead!

  4. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    16/06/2013 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

    Love that it’s low calorie. That just means I’ll have to have twice as much than my usual servings!

  5. munatycooking
    16/06/2013 at 11:09 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the kind comments ladies. I have so much more in my basket and will reveal soon :)

  6. Miss Foodie Fab
    17/06/2013 at 3:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Yummer. I’ve never made flan before, but I love it. I will have to try this.

    • munatycooking
      19/06/2013 at 8:20 am (2 years ago)

      I’m sure you’ll love it … It’s creamy, sweet, and comforting :)

  7. The Café Sucre Farine
    17/06/2013 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

    250 calories? Wow, it looks amazing and would definitely satisfy my sweet cravings!

    • munatycooking
      19/06/2013 at 8:22 am (2 years ago)

      I’m getting addicted to converting regular food to low calorie, it is a challenge and sometimes the outcome is not as expected from the first try, but I think I’m getting better by the day :)

  8. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    19/06/2013 at 8:15 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, I need to try this flan asap! I love flan, and your pic look SO creamy and perfect. Cream cheese, I gotta love it too!

    • munatycooking
      19/06/2013 at 8:23 am (2 years ago)

      Hey Paula, it a very creamy flan although low in calorie, I hope you try it :)

  9. rama
    20/06/2013 at 2:21 am (2 years ago)

    Could you suggest the same thing to be made without using eggs. In India we don’t get egg substitute, so it has to be something that is readily available.
    The photos look so delicious, and it must be really tasting heavenly to.

    • munatycooking
      20/06/2013 at 5:17 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Rama, I’ve never made an eggless flan before, but I’ll try to come up with a dessert that tastes the same but eggless. Thanks for stopping by :)

  10. Medeja
    20/06/2013 at 4:46 am (2 years ago)

    Looks so wonderful! Just too perfect, I wouldn’t be able to make such a beautiful thing :)

    • munatycooking
      20/06/2013 at 5:19 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Madeja, and I know that when you’ll make flan, it’ll look better than mine :)