Coconut Milk Whipped Cream {Dairy-Free}

The other day I posted some of our dairy-free staples, and I got some questions about canned coconut milk.

If you aren't familiar with canned coconut milk, it's a very interesting creature. It's made up of both liquid and solid. And both parts can be used in a variety of ways.

We use the liquid part for smoothies and the thick fatty part for whipped cream or chocolate mousse.

Thai Kitchen had been my favorite brand because it has a good amount of fat to work with and great consistency. Not clumpy or grainy like some other brands.  


So how to make whipped cream from a can of coconut milk?

In general, you are wanting the solidified fat to make your whipped cream. 

With Thai Kitchen, the fat will probably already be settled at the top of the can when you open it. If it's thick and white and solid, that's it! Spoon that out gently into a bowl until you reach the liquid at the bottom of the can. 

If by chance the fat was NOT gathered at the top of the can when you opened it and it's rather runny, leave the can opened in the refrigerator overnight. The fats will rise to the top and solidify overnight. Hopefully! 

When you have the white thick coconut fat scooped out into a separate bowl, save the liquid part back for smoothies. It can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few days.

To finish off your whipped cream, whisk in your sweetener. Sweeten the thick white stuff with honey, maple syrup, sugar, stevia, etc. 

If the fat is extra firm, you may want to use a liquid sweetener or add in a little of the coconut water. 

If the fat is a little too runny, use a dry sweetener like sugar or brown sugar. And it will solidify even more overnight.

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Original Post 8-26-13


Anonymous said...

Hey! This sounds fabulous! So, no whipping or anything, just mix the fat with the sweetener with a spoon? Thanks!!

Confessions of a Northern Belle said...

Does it taste like coconut? I despise coconut but just found out I need to eat dairy free for my baby whom I am breastfeeding.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Hi Confessions...if you really hate coconut then you may not like it. :(

Anonymous said...

Your website is great. Do you have any recipies for Dairy Free chocolate fudge. My daughter wants to make it for some Christmas gifts. Thank you! Diana & Domencia

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Hi! We do have a favorite fudge recipe. :) It's on my list to make...and to get a better picture for the blog.