Healthier Lemon Curd Recipe

There is something incredible about a good hearty Lemon Curd, it’s thick and creamy all whilst being sweet but a little bit sour at the same time.  I’ve wanted to try to make a healthier Lemon Curd recipe for a long time but never really had the time to sit down and work out exactly how to approach it.

I had no idea what kind of ingredients when into Lemon Curd other than lemons and a whole bunch of sugar! I knew I wanted to drastically reduce the sugar in my healthier Lemon Curd recipe and to steer well clear of refined white sugar.

healthy lemon curd recipe

It turns out that eggs are one of the major ingredients in Lemon Curd, which surprised me [although I’m not sure why], and it’s a good thing I’d already tried Lemon Curd and decided I really liked it before I discovered that the base was largely eggs along with the lemon and sugar.

I’m not really sure why but recipes like this that are renowned for being sweet weird me out when I find out they have an egg base and then I feel as though the recipe is going to taste eggy. Nobody wants eggy Lemon Curd!

A couple of weekends ago I really felt like Lemon Curd and didn’t really have a lot going on so decided a walk to the fruit and vegetable store and to finally try to make a healthier Lemon Curd recipe was the best idea to fill in my Saturday afternoon.

Whilst I wouldn’t recommend sitting down and eating this healthier Lemon Curd by the spoonful (as easy as it would be to do as it’s delicious), it is definitely a healthier alternative to the bog standard lemon curd you will find on the supermarket shelves. Hurray for being refined sugar free but still super tasty!

The good news about this healthier lemon curd recipe is that it uses honey to sweeten it, which means that while it is refined sugar free it is also paleo approved provided the honey is raw and unfiltered.

I’ve been eating this healthier Lemon Curd mixed through natural unsweetened greek yoghurt with a bit of no grainola on the top which is a super tasty way to eat it!

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Healthier Lemon Curd Recipe
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Serves: 1.5 Cups
  • ½ Cup Lemon Juice (About 5 Medium Lemons)
  • Zest of 2 Lemons
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 3 Heaped Tablespoons Honey
  • Shake of Sea Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  1. Add all the ingredients (excluding the coconut oil/butter) to a saucepan.
  2. Stir gently over a low heat and gradually add the butter and coconut oil to the pan. Continue to stir until melted and make sure it is on a very low heat to ensure the eggs don't scramble.
  3. Once the fats (coconut oil/butter) have melted increase the temperature to a medium temperature and continue to stir, you will notice after a few minutes that the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Once the mixture has thickened slightly pull off the stove top and pour into the jar you will be keeping it in.
  5. Pop the jar in the fridge too cool down and the curd will thicken further.
You can use sugar or a sugar substitute instead of the honey if you wish.

You can use just coconut oil or just butter if you wish, note if you use solely coconut oil then you may get a slight coconut taste too the curd unless you use deodorised coconut oil (which doesn't smell like coconut).

Keep the Lemon Curd in the fridge, it won't last as long as the supermarket varieties as it doesn't have preservatives, generally it will last until the expiry date of the eggs you used but I find it gets gobbled up before then anyway.


Are you a Lemon Curd fan? Have you ever tried making it at home before?

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  • Lauren
    October 3, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I am making this this weekend! I have so many lemons sitting here staring at me but all my usual lemon recipes are high in fat and/or sugar. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Amanda @ Move Love Eat
      October 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Yay! So glad you can use it! I am making another batch again this weekend as we ate the first batch! Let me know how you get on 🙂
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      • Lauren
        October 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm

        I just made it and couldn’t even wait for it to cool down completely before I was eating it for dessert with muesli 😉

        • Amanda @ Move Love Eat
          October 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm

          Yay! So glad you liked it, I made another (massive) batch this weekend and I’m sure it won’t last long 😉

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  • Caitlin Harsant
    October 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I loooooove lemon curd. I often mix it into yoghurt with a bunch of seeds and some gluten-free muesli. I have always wanted to try making my own. I will definitely be giving this a go!

    • Amanda @ Move Love Eat
      October 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      That’s how we’ve been eating it, mixed in with home made yoghurt and homemade no grainola, so good and so easy to make too! Let me know how you get on when you make it 🙂

  • Nishu
    October 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    And I’m as surprised as you are!! Lemon curd has eggs!!! WT*
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  • Nicole Neverman
    October 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Thank you so much for attending week 6 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. This lemon curd is awesome! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight . Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!
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  • Femke - Desired Cooking
    October 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Yummy! This sounds so delicious, especially with the honey.

    • Amanda @ Move Love Eat
      November 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks so much, I really like using honey as a more natural alternative to refined sugar!

  • Jennifer Corter
    October 31, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Okay, that looks TOTALLY yummy! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love love love lemon curd!

    • Amanda @ Move Love Eat
      October 31, 2014 at 6:31 am

      So glad you love lemon curd, let me know what you think of this recipe 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sandra Shaffer
    November 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    This lemon curd would be tasty in my yogurt as well as by the spoonful! I’m not eating sugar (as much as possible) right now, so this is perfect timing for me to try your recipe!

    • Amanda @ Move Love Eat
      November 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

      So glad it will be helpful for you sandra! I alternate between eating by the spoonful and with yogurt and homemade granola, so yummy!

  • Tam
    September 20, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    This recipe rocks! My neighbour gave me lots of lemons so I made a batch of this for her and one for me. It is so delicious, and the sugar reduction is excellent. I love the hint of cocunut oil coming through too. Thanks for a great recipe that brings happiness by the spoonful.

    • Amanda @ Move Love Eat
      September 21, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Tam 🙂 I must admit this Lemon curd is super delicious, I’m glad you also enjoyed it 🙂

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