Vegan Cranachan (Burns Night)

Maryanne Hall

Maryanne Hall

24th January 2022
Maryanne Hall

Vegan Cranachan (Burns Night)

20 min

A traditional Scottish dessert with layered raspberries, whisky cream & toasted oats. Cranachan is often served on Burns’ Night but is lovely any time of year! 

This recipe serves four people and was created originally for Viva!'s Vegan Recipe Club


Whisky Cream

  • 400ml/1⅔ cups of very cold coconut cream OR 2 tubs vegan Crème Fraiche, eg Oatly
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar or more to taste
  • Coconut option only – ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2-3 tbsp Scotch whisky (omit this if you don’t drink)

Raspberry fillings

  • 500g/generous 1lb frozen or fresh raspberries
  • Agave syrup or caster sugar to sweeten
  • Toasted Oats
  • 75g/½ cup pinhead oatmeal (North American steel cut oats)
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar

kit you need

  • Glass bowl and electric cake mixer (or standalone electric mixer with bowl)
  • Measuring scales or cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Blender or similar
  • Small frying pan and spatula
  • 4 glass containers for desserts


Coconut Cream

Chill the cartons or tins overnight or place in the freezer for half an hour or so. It needs to be very cold.
Place the cream in the glass bowl and whisk it. Add the cream of tartar and whisk again.
Drizzle in the sugar slowly until it has mixed in and dissolved. Stir in the whisky and make sure it is well mixed in.
Return the cream to the fridge or freezer while you make the rest of the dessert.

Almost Instant Cream

Mix the chilled vegan Crème Fraiche with sugar/agave, to taste, and the whisky.
Return to the fridge or freezer until ready.


Blend half the raspberries and sweeten with sugar or agave to taste.
Keep the other half whole and set a few aside for garnish. The majority go in the layers.

Oat topping

In the frying pan, toast the oats and sugar carefully, stirring constantly so they don’t catch.
When they smell sweet and nutty, remove from the pan and place in a bowl so they don’t continue to cook.
Crumble three quarters and leave the rest for garnish and texture.

To assemble the dessert

Set out the four glass containers.
Place a layer of the puréed raspberries in each container. Spoon in a thick layer of cream then a teaspoon or so of the toasted oats followed by whole raspberries.
Repeat the layers until you run out of ingredients. Garnish with a few whole raspberries.
Serve immediately or chill for a short while but don’t let the oats become soggy!

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