Here is a great dairy-free option for making homemade whipped cream. It takes about 5 minutes, 8 if you’re coloring it!
Pink & White Coconut Whipped Cream
1 can of full-fat coconut milk or 1 can of coconut cream
- 1-2 Tbs. of either maple syrup, raw agave, raw honey or coconut sugar (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4th tsp. of cinnamon or cardamom if you like (optional)
For pink whipped cream:
- 1 small beet peeled and juiced
Option 1: Coconut Milk
Directions: Take your can of full-fat coconut milk and refrigerate it overnight. Take it out of the refrigerator and open it up with your can opener. The fat will now be separated from the liquid. Spoon the thick coconut cream out and scoop into a mixing bowl. You can save the liquid for smoothies. With a hand mixer, mix on low to medium until it becomes soft and creamy, add in 1-2 Tbs. of maple syrup, raw honey, raw agave or coconut sugar, mix. Then add in 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract and mix again. If you want an unsweetened option, you can just use the vanilla and add cinnamon or cardamon for a nice flavor. To color it, juice 1 small beet and add 1/4th tsp. at a time to get the desired shade of pink (you can also use blueberry juice to get a blueish purple). Refrigerate your mixture and it will harden a bit if you want a firmer whipped cream.
Option 2: Coconut Cream
Directions: With coconut cream (not cream of coconut, very different! :)), the fat is already separated from the liquid so there is no need to refrigerate it overnight. If you use this option it is better for two reasons: one, it saves time and two, you get about 3/4th can solid cream vs. about a fourth from the refrigerated coconut milk. Spoon out the cream and do the same steps as above! That’s it.
Coconut whipped cream can be used to top muffins, cupcakes, chia seed pudding, fresh fruit, fruit salad, in trifles, dip fresh fruit, hot chocolate, granola & fruit, oatmeal, berry crisps, etc. No, you can’t taste the beets and yes you can juice blueberries and other fruit to make different colors. 🙂 Enjoy!
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