How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream
- 1 14-ounce can coconut cream or full fat coconut milk* (Whole Foods 365 Full Fat brand* works best)
- 1/4 - 3/4 cup icing/powdered sugar (use organic to ensure vegan friendliness)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Chill your coconut cream or coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight, being sure not to shake or tip the can to encourage separation of the cream and liquid. See notes for more insight / troubleshooting.
The next day, chill a large mixing bowl 10 minutes before whipping.
Remove the coconut cream or milk from the fridge without tipping or shaking and remove the lid. Scrape out the top, thickened cream and leave the liquid behind (reserve for use in smoothies).
Note: if your coconut milk didn't harden, you probably just got a dud can without the right fat content. In that case, you can try to salvage it with a bit of tapioca flour - 1 to 4 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size)- during the whipping process. That has worked for me several times.
Place hardened cream in your chilled mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with a mixer until creamy. Then add vanilla (optional) and powdered sugar and mix until creamy and smooth - about 1 minute. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
Use immediately or refrigerate - it will harden and set in the fridge the longer it's chilled. Will keep for up to 1 - 2 weeks!
*Using coconut cream yields more coconut whipped cream than using full fat coconut milk, because it contains more cream and less liquid.
*Finding a good brand with consistent firmness is key! My go to is 365 Whole Foods Full Fat Coconut Milk. Ones that don't tend to work for me are: Trader Joe's (which has been reformulated), Thai Kitchen, or Native Forest.
*This is not my original recipe or concept, rather one I've adapted from other recipe developers.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of powdered sugar.
*Recipe makes ~1 1/2 cups coconut whipped cream.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6 quarter-cup servings)
- Calories: 126
- Fat: 9.8g
- Saturated fat: 8.9g
- Sodium: 22mg
- Carbohydrates: 6.8g
- Sugar: 6.7g
- Protein: 0.9g
- Iron: 4%