Easy Coconut Whipped Cream

Fresh berries with whipped cream is one of my very favorite treats.

jar of coconut whipped cream

Since traditional whipped cream is typically loaded with heavy cream and refined sugar, coconut whipped cream is the perfect alternative.

This dairy-free whipped topping has become quite popular among the health community lately, but I’ve been hesitant to try it due to my lack of kitchen equipment… I’ve never owned an electric mixer! However, I recently watched a friend of mine “whip up” a batch of fresh butter by simply shaking heavy cream in a large glass mason jar, and it got me thinking. Perhaps you could make a coconut whipped cream using the same method?

Naturally, I had to try it.

The result is a thick and luscious cream, naturally sweetened and loaded with healthy fats, without the need for any special equipment. As an added bonus, shaking a mason jar is a terrific arm workout!

Easy Coconut Whipped Cream
Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients:

1 can of full-fat coconut milk (cream only)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

To get started, you’ll want to chill your can of coconut milk in the fridge for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. (I use this brand because it’s the only brand I know of that uses BPA-free cans.)

When you remove the chilled can, be careful not to shake it–> you want the cream that floats to the top to stay separated from the liquid portion at the bottom. I also recommend chilling the glass mason jar you’re going to use for at least 10 minutes in the freezer, so that your equipment is well-chilled.

can of organic coconut milk

Carefully open the can of coconut milk and scoop the thickened cream into the chilled mason jar. The amount of cream may vary in each can, but I was able to scoop just slightly less than one cup of cream from this particular can. Reserve the remaining liquid in the can for a morning smoothie!

Add the pure maple syrup and vanilla extract to the heavy coconut cream, then screw the lid onto the mason jar. Shake vigorously for 3-5 minutes, until the cream is thickened and fluffier in texture.

sliced strawberries with coconut whipped cream

Serve immediately over your favorite dessert or beverage!

Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container for at least a week (if not longer) in the fridge. The cream will thicken even further when chilled!

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Easy Coconut Whipped Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

An easy, dairy-free alternative to traditional whipped cream!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Calories: 7 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To get started, you'll want to chill your can of coconut milk in the fridge for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. (I use this brand because it's the only brand I know of that uses BPA-free cans.) When you remove the chilled can, be careful not to shake it--> you want the cream that floats to the top to stay separated from the liquid portion at the bottom. I also recommend chilling the mason jar you're going to use for at least 10 minutes in the freezer, so that your equipment is well-chilled.
  2. Carefully open the can of coconut milk and scoop the thickened cream into the chilled mason jar. The amount of cream may vary in each can, but I was able to scoop just slightly less than one cup of cream from this particular can. Reserve the remaining liquid in the can for a morning smoothie!
  3. Add the pure maple syrup and vanilla extract to the heavy coconut cream, then screw the lid onto the mason jar. Shake vigorously for 3-5 minutes, until the cream is thickened and fluffier in texture.
  4. Serve immediately over your favorite fruit or dessert!
Recipe Notes

Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container for at least a week (if not longer) in the fridge. The cream will thicken even further when chilled!

Substitution Notes:

If you do own an electric mixer, you may want to try one of the following techniques, too:

Hope you enjoy it!


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Comments

Maria

Just made this whipped cream for the first time and it’s delicious! I didn’t have a mason jar so I used my kitchen aid mixer.
My 2 year old loved it too!

Carey

How much did you make of this for the cupcakes? And can you make this ahead of time and then pull it out when you need to frost?

JiJi

Can you do this, but with natural yoghurt?

Erica

I have made coconut whipped cream using “coconut cream” (in a can) from Trader Joe’s. I believe it was available around the holidays, and I grabbed it by accident. We used it for topping on a couple of dishes over my birthday weekend. My husband says there is now NO reason to use the “real” stuff (I’m dairy free, so we punted when we had some left over).
I whipped it with the whisk on my big kitchenaid stand mixer. (I think we used powdered sugar, so it wasn’t healthy, per se, but it was a birthday party…so there!) It came out perfectly. Lasted a day, but that was due to finishing it all!

PoohBear11778

Hey Megan,
Love your site and all the great recipes. Do you know how much cocoa should be added to make a chocolate type whip cream? I thought you had a recipe for it but I can’t find it!
Thank you!

Halee Holland

Hey, your blog is absolutely lovely. I love this recipe! I use it for the filling in my Plant-based “Oreos”. Here is a link to the recipe if you are interested. http://heymorningstar.com/plant-based-gf-oreos/

Rachel

You recommended coconut whipped cream for a baby’s first birthday cupcake, but vanilla extract contains alcohol, and since you’re not cooking the extract there will still be alcohol.

Natasha

Does this make a mess for the smash cake? We had a coconut oil based icing for my daughter but it didn’t have a good mess effect. I am interested in trying this for my son but wonder if it will be messier (which would be a good thing!)

Annie

I know you said that Native Forest is among the only brands which contain BPA-free lining, but I just came across this article that warns against consuming even BPA-free cans of coconut milk:

https://www.cleansthenewblack.com/health/bpa-free-coconut-milk-not-healthy

I’m a newbe to all this, so anything I learn is helpful. I just thought I would pass it along to you. Thank you!

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