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Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Parfaits

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I got gifted a big bag of lemons recently. Now, this presents a bit of a conundrum for me as I’m sad to report that my husband is not a fan of anything lemon flavoured. (I know! I can’t get my head around it either) He can sniff out a touch of added zest in a dish from 10 paces. I, on the other hand, loooove the sharp bite that you get from a good bit of lemon.

So, what to do? Well, I remember making him a lemon meringue pie way back in the mists of time when we were first seeing each other and him quite liking it. Now, he could have been just being nice, but give me that gap and I will run through it with a lemon in each hand.

Of course, back then it would have been a traditional sugar-laden lemon meringue pie which isn’t going to happen now. So, I played around with different sweeteners and made what felt like a million meringues and curds until I found what I feel is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

The verdict? While he won’t ever claim to love it, hubby said that he enjoyed it more than he expected to. Me? I could eat it for breakfast… but that’s a whole other story.

Tips and Substitutions

This recipe uses Xylitol and Erythritol. Both of these sweeteners are suitable for a low-carb diet, although Xylitol should only be used sparingly as it is not a zero-carb sweetener and can cause GI distress if recommended amounts are exceeded. A small amount of Xylitol will prevent crystallisation while keeping the carb count low.

Allulose is another option you can use to replace both Erythritol and Xylitol. I my opinion it's the best low-carb sweetener as it tastes and behaves just like sugar but with almost no carbs and calories.

You can find the original recipe for homemade Keto Lemon Curd here. You will use the whole recipe (about 420 g/ 14.8 oz) to make 6 generous parfaits, or up to 12 mini parfaits.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size parfait

Allergy information for Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Parfaits

✔  Gluten free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, parfait)

Net carbs9.2 grams
Protein11.1 grams
Fat51.9 grams
Calories549 kcal
Calories from carbs 7%, protein 8%, fat 85%
Total carbs11.8 gramsFiber2.6 gramsSugars6.9 gramsSaturated fat26.6 gramsSodium77 mg(3% RDA)Magnesium57 mg(14% RDA)Potassium269 mg(13% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

Crumb Base:
Lemon Curd:
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 100 g butter (3.5 oz)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (from 3-4 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup powdered Erythritol or Swerve (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon zest (from 3 lemons)
To Assemble:


  1. Make the crumb base. Preheat oven to 160 °C/ 320 °F (fan assisted), or 180 °C/ 355 °F (conventional). Combine all crumb base ingredients, except lemon zest.
  2. Spread out in an even layer on a lined oven tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes (mine took 15 minutes). You need to keep an eye on your crumb as it can go from blonde, to perfectly browned, to burnt to a crisp in a very short time. Stir occasionally to help with even browning.
  3. When browned slightly and crispy, remove from the oven and stir the lemon zest through while still hot. The crumbs will crisp up while cooling. Leave to cool completely. Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Parfaits
  4. Make the lemon curd. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice, sweeteners and lemon zest. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well in between. Note: This recipe uses Xylitol and Erythritol. Check tips in the recipe for alternatives.
  5. Return to the stove and cook over a low heat. Whisk continuously until the curd starts to thicken. Taste for sweetness and add additional sweetener, if desired.
  6. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and leave to cool completely.
  7. Place a layer of cling wrap directly on the surface of the curd to stop an ugly skin forming. You can add a touch of gelatine to your curd during the cooking process, if you are worried that it won’t set, but I have never had to. It’s up to you. Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Parfaits
  8. Make the meringue. Make sure that your mixing bowl and beaters are scrupulously clean. Place egg whites into the mixing bowl and whisk on high until they are aerated and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and cream of tartar and beat well. Slowly add the Xylitol and Erythritol, one tablespoon at a time, ensuring that each spoonful is dissolved before adding the next. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Parfaits
  9. Assemble the parfaits. Select some pretty parfait glasses like these. Spoon a layer of crumb base into the bottom of each. Add a layer of lemon curd. Spoon a layer of unsweetened whipped cream on top of the lemon curd. Add another layer each of crumb base and lemon curd. Top with a luxurious layer of the meringue. Use a spoon to swirl the meringue into peaks to assist with the browning. I used a blow torch to brown mine, but you could also pop them into the oven at 175 °C/ 350 °F (fan assisted), or 195 °C/ 380 °F (conventional) until the top browns. Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Parfaits
  10. Serve or store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Parfaits
  11. Please note that glass and heat do not always mix well. So please be cautious when browning your meringue in either way as there is always a small chance that the thin parfait glass may break. Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Parfaits

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, parfait)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
1.5 g3.6 g8.8 g98 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Lemon zest (peel), fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Coconut, dried, desiccated, shredded (organic, unsweetened)
0.2 g0.6 g0.4 g10 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g5.8 g51 kcal
Lemon Curd, homemade (KetoDiet blog)
3 g2.6 g15.9 g162 kcal
Egg white, fresh
0.2 g3.6 g0.1 g17 kcal
Xylitol (natural low-carb sweetener)
3 g0 g0 g12 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Vanilla extract, sugar-free, alcohol-based
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Cream of tartar, raising agent
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cream, 50% fat (extra thick double cream)
0.7 g0.6 g21 g195 kcal
Total per serving, parfait
9.2 g11.1 g51.9 g549 kcal

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An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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Comments (9)

I am wondering where the Naomi found the glass jars. Very nice touch.

Hi Sarah, Naomi lives in Australia so I'm not sure. I did find similar ones on Amazon but they are smaller (search for "tulip glass jars"). I hope this helps!

Fantastic!  I made this last night storing the crumble and lemon separately.   I put it together today minus the uncooked meringue.  It has just the right ratio of sweet/tart.  I love the crumble which tastes like vanilla short bread cookies.
If I were to make the meringue, I would bake it, store it separately also and place it on top just before serving.  Great recipe.  Lends itself to making ahead of time.

This looks great for Xmas but I'll need to make it nut and dairy free.
What substitutes would you suggest?

How about sunflower seeds or hemp seeds for the base? You could use crushed seeds and coconut. You can then use coconut oil in the curd (or ghee if you can tolerate it) and coconut cream instead of the cream (link to instructions in the ingredients).

Looks fantastic ...will give it a try ...lemon anything is amazing !! Thanks for sharing

Oh dear, this looks too good. I think I have found a X-mass dessert. Thanks for making these wonderfull recipes!

What does it change if you don't do the crust part I

You can skip the crust if you like 😊