Coconut Whipped Cream
I’ve had this post sitting in the queue since last year but never got around to publishing it. a dairy-free whipped cream recipe is a must for every Paleo and SCD site’s archives, so i’m finally hitting the “publish” button. This is the easiest recipe that will ever appear on my site! It involves only 2 ingredients and is the perfect topping for any pie, ice cream, or just served over fresh fruit.
What You’ll Need
- Mixing Bowl
- 1 can of Coconut Milk (see notes at the bottom of page for which brand)
- Electric Hand Beater or Stand Mixer
To Make the Coconut Whipped Cream
Place the can of coconut milk, or 2 cups fresh, in the refrigerator overnight. Chill a glass or metal bowl in the freezer along with your beaters for at least 30 minutes.
Carefully remove the coconut milk from the fridge so you don’t disturb the separation. Scoop off the cream that has risen to the top and place in chilled bowl. You can save the thinner coconut water for shakes or other uses.
Beat the cream on high until peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Drizzle a teaspoon of honey in while the beaters are still going.
I like to place the bowl of whipped cream in the fridge for 15-20 minutes and then beat it again right before serving it.
So what kind of coconut milk should you use?
I performed a highly scientific experiment to answer this question for you. I grabbed the 3 brands that my Whole Foods sells and put them all in the fridge. Then, I opened them and took note of which one had the most cream on top. Then I whipped them up. Such a rigorous evaluation, right?
(A) Whole Foods Brand Organic Coconut Milk
(C) Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk
Here are my findings:
A: Has guar-gum and most likely uses a can with BPA, although I can’t find info to confirm that. The flavor is good, it had a good amount of cream rise to the top, but did not whip up as sturdy as B.
B: Has guar-gum, but is packaged in a confirmed BPA-free can. Flavor is good, similar amount of cream as A, but whipped up much better and created a larger volume of whipped cream in the end.
C: throw this one out of the mix- I totally didn’t realize that I grabbed a can of lite milk. You need full fat for it to separate. However, Thai Kitchen has guar-gum AND is packaged in a BPA Can. So major negative points there. Plus this can did not separate. So this one was kind of at a disadvantage. Sometimes cans just don’t separate well. It obviously did not whip up because of this so I really should have just thrown it out of the experiment. Regardless, I won’t use it because of the BPA.
So with that, I recommend grabbing a can of Native Forest when you want to make whipped cream!
Note: I love Natural Value because their Organic milk is BPA and Guar Gum free but it doesn’t work well for whipped cream in my experience.