Vegan Whipped Cream

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    15 min
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This dairy-free whipped cream recipe is really simple and easy to make. It's perfect for vegan desserts or for those with a dairy allergy or intolerance to lactose. Prepared with coconut milk instead of heavy whipping cream, this vegan whipped cream recipe is healthier, too!, but  pay attention to the little details -- they're key to the best results.

For instance, to make a successful batch, make sure that your coconut milk is full-fat (not lite) and that when refrigerated, the fat separates from the liquid part. (If this is not the case, you will just end up with a soupy mess.) And make sure that your mixing bowl and all your ingredients are completely chilled prior to whipping up your vegan whipped cream -- that's really important  For the very best results, leave both the coconut milk, your mixing bowl and the whisk attachment in the refrigerator overnight.

Here's a fact that may encourage you to switch over to dairy-free whipped cream today: there are over 400 calories in a cup of sweetened dairy whipped cream and almost 90 percent of those calories are fat. Two percent are protein.

Incidentally, several of the higher-end grocery chains have now added lines of dairy-free frozen desserts that for all practical purposes come across as delicious ice cream. Trader Joe's, for instance, has a line of coconut milk based frozen desserts in strawberry and chocolate. These, like most desserts, are fairly  high in both calories and fat content, but they're better for you than ice cream. You can top these frozen desserts with your vegan whipped cream for a truly delicious but slightly less indulgent way to finish a meal. 

What You'll Need

  • 2 14-ounce cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 T. powdered sugar

How to Make It

1. Place the coconut milk (in the cans) along with the mixing bowl and whisk attachment from a standing mixer in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

2. Working quickly is key in order to keep your ingredients from getting warm. Attach the whisk attachment and mixing bowl to the standing mixer immediately before preparing your whipped cream.

3.Puncture the coconut milk cans with the pointed end of a can opener and drain and discard the liquid from the cans. Once the liquid is drained, open the cans and scoop out the coconut fat from the cans into the chilled mixing bowl. Whip the coconut fat on high speed for about 15-20 seconds, or until just smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix for about 20 seconds more, starting at a low and quickly moving up to high, or just until incorporated. (Do not over-mix!) Use vegan whipped cream immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 hours before use.