Coconut Whipped Cream

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This light, fluffy and decadent Coconut Whipped Cream is an easy, dairy-free dessert topping that you’ll want to put on everything! Made with just 3 ingredients, you’ll never settle for Cool Whip again.

Looking for more whipped cream recipes? Try this easy homemade whipped cream with dairy, or this chocolate whipped cream.

A Spoon Scooping Out a Dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream from a Glass

Easy Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – homemade whipped cream isn’t hard to make! With this recipe, you can make a tasty whipped cream with just 1 ingredient if you’d like. You can also add some sweetness and flavoring until you’re satisfied with the taste!

For something as simple as strawberries and cream to a decadent ice cream cake, this recipe will become your go-to whipped cream topping. It all starts with a can of coconut milk and a mixing bowl! The rest is up to you and your taste buds.

A Bowl Filled with Coconut Whipped Cream and a Golden Spoon Scooping Some Up

What is Coconut Whipped Cream?

So, what does coconut cream taste like? Well, coconut; but when it comes to this recipe, the flavor is up to you. Powdered sugar adds sweetness while vanilla extract balances the coconut flavor. Both are optional ingredients, and both can be added to taste.

You can sweeten up the natural coconut flavor in this whipped cream, or make it taste like vanilla! If you’d like it to have some coconut flavor, reduce the amount of vanilla extract you use or leave it out altogether. If you prefer a less sweet whipped cream, go ahead and nix the powdered sugar. You’ll still get that light and creamy texture in the end result!

Is This Recipe Vegan?

Coconut whipped cream is an amazing dairy-free and vegan topping option. It doesn’t use any milk or animal products! If you recently became vegan and were under the impression that whipped cream was off the table for you, I’m here to tell you otherwise. Go ahead and try out this easy vegan recipe for homemade whipped cream!

Dairy-Free Whipped Cream with Soft Peaks on a Metal Whisk Attachment

Ingredients

Even though coconut whipped cream feels fancy and luxurious, it couldn’t be easier to throw together. Here’s what I use for mine!

  • Full-Fat Coconut Milk: The coconut milk needs to chill for at least 18 hours before you make your whipped cream.
  • Powdered Sugar: Optional, for sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract: Optional, for flavor.

What Kind of Coconut Milk to Use

It’s super important to use either coconut cream or full-fat canned coconut milk for this recipe. Do not use reduced fat coconut milk! It won’t be able to whip up properly. Also do not buy the coconut milk you see in the refrigerator section of the grocery store, it’s not the same. My favorite brand to use for this recipe is Taste of Thai coconut milk.

A Glass Filled with Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream

How to Make Dairy-Free Whipped Cream

This simple whipped topping is made in just 1 bowl. Easy cleanup is always a plus!

Chill Coconut Milk: Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge to chill for at least 18-24 hours.

Chill Mixing Bowl: When ready to bring, place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill. Remove the lid from the can and separate the hardened coconut cream from the liquid coconut water. Discard the liquid or set it aside to use another time.

Beat: Beat the hardened cream in the chilled mixing bowl on medium-high speed until soft peaks form (about 1-2 minutes).

Sweeten & Flavor as Desired: Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract to taste and continue beating until combined. Serve immediately.

A Metal Bowl Filled with Whipped Full-Fat Coconut Milk

Tips for Success

Want some quick tips for making the best coconut whipped cream? Read on for my top suggestions!

  • Flip Can Over For Easy Removal: If you invert the can and open it from the bottom, it will be easier to remove the coconut water. Unfortunately, this only works for certain brands.
  • Don’t Use Watery Cream: Once the coconut cream has been mixed with the coconut water, it will not be usable to make a whipped cream. If you open a can and see that it has not fully set, do your best to remove the firmer parts of the cream, which can still be used.
  • Adjust to Taste: Feel free to play around with the amount of powdered sugar and vanilla extract you add to suit your preferences.
Dairy-Free Whipped Cream in a Glass Jar with Fresh Berries

Ways to Use Coconut Whipped Cream

This isn’t as firm as traditional whipped cream, so I wouldn’t recommend using it as a cake or cupcake topping. However, there are plenty of delicious ways that I do recommend serving it!

  • With Fruit: This light whipped cream makes a lovely accompaniment to fresh berries.
  • As a Pie Topping: You will love the taste of my creamy No-Bake Chocolate Pie topped with a dollop of coconut whipped cream!
  • As an Ice Cream Topping: This healthy whipped cream is amazing on ice cream, too.
  • On Top of Waffles or Pancakes: It’s always a great idea to top off your waffles and pancakes with whipped cream. This coconut whipped cream is particularly yummy with my Almond Raspberry Pancakes.
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A Spoon Scooping Out a Dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream from a Glass

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • Author: Julianne
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 6

Description

This light, fluffy and decadent Coconut Whipped Cream is an easy, dairy-free dessert topping that you’ll want to put on everything! Made with just 3 ingredients, you’ll never settle for Cool Whip again.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (13oz/403ml) full fat coconut milk, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge to chill for at least 18-24 hours.
  2. Once ready, place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to chill.
  3. Remove the lid from the can and separate the hardened coconut cream from the liquid coconut water. Discard the liquid or set it aside to use for another time.
  4. Beat the hardened cream in the chilled mixing bowl on medium-high speed until soft peaks form (about 1-2 minutes).
  5. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, as desired, and continue beating until combined. Serve immediately.

Notes

This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of whipped cream.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan whipped cream, coconut milk whipped cream, dairy free whipped cream

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