Okay, I feel a little funny sharing a recipe for a “whipped topping” especially the non-heavy cream variety. I mean, we love nothing more than a big bowl of whipped heavy cream, but since we are trying to cut back a little, I decided to play around with some non-dairy options. Hence, the recipe for Coconut Milk Whipped Cream was created. YEAH! And, it is insanely easy not to mention delicious. Perfect for your non-dairy loving friends.
After some initial research, I found that there are a few recipes floating around for this. Most of the recipes chill the full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator for a day, and then they separated the thick cream off the top. Now, I have bought a few different brands of coconut milk, and never got a thick creamy top after chilling, only when I used coconut cream did I get that topping. I wasn’t that impressed with the cream. The difference between their recipes and mine? I used the entire can of coconut milk. After chilling for two days, I poured the entire can into my mixer; no separating. I tried this recipe with three types of coconut milk: Whole Foods 365 Organic Light Coconut Milk, Whole Food 365 Organic Coconut Milk and Thai Kitchen Organic Milk, and the only difference was how thick the coconut milk whipped up. The full-fat coconut milk whipped cream was thicker and held a soft peak. While the light version still whipped up but wouldn’t hold a soft peak. I ended up using the Whole Foods 365 Coconut Milk with this recipe.
Verdict? It is amazing as in eating it by the spoonful amazing. The coconut milk whips up light and fluffy, and there is only a slight essence of coconut. I flavored my recipe with vanilla extract as well as some maple syrup. If maple isn’t your thing, the recipe works well with plain ole sugar or a little powdered sugar, just adjust to how sweet you like it.
- Place the coconut milk in the refrigerator for 1 – 2 days, 2 days produced a thicker whip
- Use full-fat coconut milk for soft peaks
- Cut calories by using the light version but you will not have soft peaks only a semi-thick whip
- It lasted a couple days in the refrigerator with only a little whipping necessary before serving
There you have it, a delicious alternative for a dairy topping, that we are sure you will love. Just be sure to save some for the pie. *smiles*
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Recipe: Coconut Milk Maple Whipped Cream
- 13.5 ounce can of coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup or sugar
- Place the can of coconut milk (unopened) into the coldest part of your refrigerator and forget about it for two days.
- Pour the coconut milk into the mixing bowl.
- Attach the whisk beater.
- Mix at high speed until soft peaks begin to form.
- Add the vanilla and maple syrup, and continue mixing until thick, creamy and slight peaks form.