Dairy-Free Whipped Cream That Tastes Indulgent But Is Secretly Healthy
Weve all been there:
Youve got a warm brownie or steaming hot slice of pie sitting in front of you, practically begging you to plunge your fork right into it but theres one thing missing:
(And if you’re like me, you can’t *properly* enjoy your warm brownie or pie while knowing all the while that it would’ve been that much better if you had some whippedcream on hand.)
So you go to the fridge, and either realize you dont have any or what you do have is a half-empty bottle of Reddi-wip or frostbitten container of whipped topping in the freezer.
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And while you could run to the store, pick up some cream, go home, and make it youre going to be left with a lot of cream left over. Not always a great solution if youre trying to watch your weight or dont have an entire family to share it with.
Plus, who wants to go to the store RIGHT THEN when you have your freshly baked pie or brownie sitting right in front of you?!
Thats why Im SO excited to share this dairy-free whipped cream recipe with you.
Not only is it vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and potentially keto (if you skip the optional ingredients)… but its also pretty damn healthy! (Especially compared to regular full-fat whipped cream.)
And this whipped cream is good for more than a delicious brownie or delectable slice of pie. Try it on fresh fruit some time for a healthy yet indulgent treat!
Ill admit there is some prep work required youve got to chill your coconut milk and your mixer.
(That’s light as far as prep goes though, right?! Just put your equipment in the freezer for a mere 15 minutes.)
But once you taste this coconut whipped cream, youll forget all about that sad container of Cool Whip in your freezer once and for all Trust me. 🙂
Here’s how it’s done:
FTHs 3-Ingredient Dairy-Free Coconut Whipped Cream
Equipment Needed: Electric mixer or a whisk and some elbow grease
Recipe Time: 5 minutes, excluding time to chill the coconut cream, mixer bowl, and/or whisk
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- 2 cans coconut milk, chilled so the cream separates from the water OR 1 can unsweetened coconut cream (see Recipe Notes)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp rum or orange liqueur (optional)
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)
- Salt to taste
1) Pre-chill your mixer bowl, whisk, and coconut milk.
Chilling your ingredients is crucial for the success of this recipe. Do NOT skip this step or rush it.
You want your bowl and whisk as cold as possible, so if you have the time, throw them in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
If youre working with cans of coconut milk, refrigerate them the night before and do not shake them. If you have unsweetened coconut cream, you dont *have* to refrigerate it, but it helps.
2) Mix the cream until fluffy, and dig in!
When your bowl and whisk are chilled, set up your mixer and add the coconut cream to the bowl.
Turn your mixer on low (2 on a KitchenAid), then, with the mixer running, add the vanilla extract, salt, and optional sugar and liqueur then turn the speed up to medium (about 6 on a KitchenAid).
Mix until light and fluffy, then check to make sure its the right consistency for you. It should be pretty thick but not overly dense.
Taste it and adjust as needed. (Try not to add any more sugar or liquid though, unless you have extra coconut cream to adjust the texture accordingly.)
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If youre mixing your whipped coconut cream by hand, the process is basically the same. Chill your bowl and your whisk, add the ingredients, and whisk until ready.
Note: If mixing by hand, make sure your bowl and whisk are VERY cold before mixing to save yourself lots of effort and time.
- Alright, lets talk coconut milk, coconut cream, and everything in between. Some brands are better than others for this recipe. If youre going the coconut milk route, in my experience, the higher quality brands tend to have the most scoopable, solid coconut cream on top after refrigeration. Im personally a huge fan of Thai Kitchen brand. Coconut cream is dicier, because its VERY difficult to find an unsweetened brand that solidifies the same way coconut cream in a can of coconut milk will. So if youre set on using coconut cream, I still recommend picking up a couple of cans of coconut milk just in case.
- We tend to associate coconut with sweeter flavors, so this recipe doesnt necessarily need any sugar added which explains why the powdered sugar is optional. If you use the liqueur, thatll add some sweetness as well.
- Dont leave out the salt! As a flavoring agent, salt doesnt purely make things taste salty. It enhances the flavors of other foods and allows you to taste them more. So even without any sugar in it, a pinch of salt will make this whipped cream absolutely to-die-for.
What The Heck Should I Do With The Leftover Liquid?
So whether you use coconut milk or coconut cream for this recipe youre going to have some leftovers.
If you use coconut milk, youll be left with the liquid in the can (which is just coconut water) and if you use coconut cream, youll likely have some cream left over too.
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If you save the liquid in your cans of coconut milk, you can use that:
- To bake bread with
- In your yogurt to thin it out and add flavor
- In your smoothies
- In soups and curries
- And basically anywhere that calls for liquid or broth that might be helped with a little extra coconut flavor.
And if you have extra cream, its excellent in cocktails, frostings, served with fruit, or even whipped up into more whipped coconut cream!
In fact, I have a pretty killer recipe for fudge brownies that you could easily use this extra coconut cream or milk in and as an added bonus, its even kinda healthy!
How To Make The Worlds Best (& Healthy-ish) Fudge Brownies Using Leftover Coconut Milk Or Cream
So one of my favorite resources on the Fit Trim Happy site is this list of 7 no-guilt slimming desserts.
All of the recipes Ive tried are super delicious
But its good to know that theyre healthy enough that I dont have to feel bad about indulging!
(Especially when I find it very difficult to stick to just one serving. 🙂 )
And my #1 fav recipe of all time on that list
Has GOT to be these killer fudge brownies.
They only contain 10 ingredients
And if youve got leftover coconut cream or milk, its perfect for this recipe
Because there are two more coconut-based ingredients in it, too!
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[Note: This post was updated by Fit Trim Happy on January 19, 2020.]