There are several whipped cream substitutes you can use if you are vegan. Coconut cream is popular because you can whip chilled canned coconut milk into an excellent topping. However, it’s not the only way to make vegan whipped cream. Read on to discover how to make vegan whipped cream in several ways.
Easy Vegan Whipped Cream Recipe
Coconut milk or cream is the easiest dairy-free ingredient for whipped cream because it makes beautifully creamy peaks. You can use other non-dairy milk, but most are not creamy enough to whip into a cream without using cornstarch or xantham gum.
Some secrets to making coconut whipped cream include selecting good quality coconut milk, chilling it overnight, and whipping it in a chilled bowl.
Easy vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
This vegan whipped cream is the ideal topping or filling desserts.
- 1 x 14-ounce can of coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
- ¼ – ¾ cup powdered sugar or some stevia to taste
- ½ t. vanilla extract (optional)
- Chill the can of coconut cream or milk in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 12 hours.
- Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before starting the whipping.
- Take the coconut milk or cream from the refrigerator without tipping or shaking to avoid mixing the cream with the liquid. Open the can and scrape the cream into your mixing bowl, leaving the liquid behind. Reserve the liquid for smoothies, etc.
- Beat the hardened cream for about 30 seconds with your mixer until creamy. Next, mix the vanilla and preferred sweetener for about one minute or until creamy and smooth. Don’t overwhip the cream because it can separate.
- If not used immediately, you can store this vegan whipped cream in your refrigerator for about seven days. It also sets better if kept in the fridge before use.
Top Vegan Whipped Cream Brands
Luckily, if you don’t know how to make vegan whipped cream or don’t have the time, there are several top brands to choose from. Not all lactose-free options of whipped creams are vegan, so it’s always best to check the labels of whipped cream brands. Here are some of the top ready-to-use vegan whipped cream brands.
So Delicious Cocowhip – The Original and Light versions of So Delicious Cocowhip allow you to choose the fat content of your vegan whipped cream. Dollop an amount over your beverages or desserts and enjoy!
Whipt – There are several varieties of Whipt to choose from, so you can choose if you prefer coconut, almond, or oat. The spray canisters make it easier to serve the vegan whipped cream.
Reddi Wip – Reddi Wip has been on the market for over seven decades with its dairy option of ready-to-use whipped cream. Their two vegan versions have been around for a few years now. The two options of almond milk or coconut milk come in a spray canister, are gluten-free and are low in calories.
Oat-Based Whipped Topping Whole Foods (365) or Plant-Based Whipped Topping – Several grocery stores have private-label vegan whipped cream on their shelves. Whole Foods Market gives you a choice of a can or tub. These are affordable and delicious.
Note: Shake it well with the cap on for 30 seconds when using whipped cream in a spray. Shaking the can ensures the content gets loosened and mixed because it clumps up in the can. Keep the can pointing straight down to ensure the content pushes out without gas escaping. Rinse the tip and cover it with the cap before storing it in the refrigerator. Finally, once opened, use within the time mentioned on the package, usually one to two weeks.
Vegan Cream Alternatives to Try
You have several easy options if you want to try vegan cream alternatives. Coconut milk or cream is the most popular substitute, but not the only one. The problem with finding a vegan alternative for cream is usually the fat content of the non-dairy alternatives.
If you want to make a heavy cream with non-dairy milk, you can add melted vegan fat to non-dairy milk for creams and sauces. You can also use non-dairy milk and cornstarch to make heavy cream for soups and desserts if you don’t want whipped cream. Or try the tofu and non-dairy milk cream substitute. Clean Green Simple provides an excellent guide for making these substitutes.
If you want whipped cream for dessert toppings, then you can either follow the coconut whipped cream recipe above or make an aquafaba whipped cream that has a marshmallowy texture and flavor. (See the recipe below)
Delicious Vegan Whipped Cream Recipes
There are several delicious vegan whipped cream recipes to try. If you prefer a recipe with no coconut, then the aquafaba recipe mentioned above is light, fluffy, and healthy since it contains less fat than coconut cream, and you can adjust the sugar.
Learn how to make vegan whipped cream with the aquafaba from a can of low-salt or unsalted chickpeas from Nora Cooks. You will also need cream of tartar, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. It yields about 3 cups of delicious whipped cream that freezes well.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making Vegan Whipped Cream
In this guide on how to make vegan whipped cream, we have already determined that if you want a more airy whipped cream, you should use aquafaba. On the other hand, if you want a vegan whipped cream that resembles regular whipped cream, then coconut milk or cream provides the best result.
The full ingredient list, measurements, and recipe for the coconut vegan cream are in the first part of this article, but here’s a step-by-step guide for making the vegan whipped cream:
Refrigerate the Coconut Milk or Cream – It’s important to refrigerate it overnight or for at least 12 hours. The cream part of the coconut will harden and separate from the liquid.
Don’t Shake or Tip the Can – Before putting the can in the refrigerator and preparing it to start whipping, do not shake or tip it.
Open the Can and Remove the Cream – Once you want to start whipping your vegan cream, remove the can from the fridge and open it. You will find the hardened cream at the top. The hardness will depend on the brand. Expect good results from Savoy Coconut Cream, Aroy-D, Nature Charm Coco Whipping Cream, and 365 Whole Foods Coconut Milk.
Scoop Cream Only into Bowl – Leave the watery part behind in the can when scooping out the solid cream.
Start Mixing – Following the recipe instructions, start whipping the cream slowly and gradually increase it until you get the consistency of a thick whipped cream.
Refrigerate – It won’t hold at room temperature once your cream is ready. Refrigerate it for a few hours to make it easier to frost cakes, and then keep these in the fridge until you want to serve them.
Storage Tips – Refrigerate if you will use your whipped vegan cream within a day or two; otherwise, freeze it. You can defrost it at room temperature when ready to use.
Creamy and Dairy-Free: Vegan Whipped Cream Options
If you want to make vegan whipped cream but don’t want to risk a poor result or don’t want to buy a ready whipped cream, then you have another option. Several brands sell a vegan liquid that you can whip into a fluffy cream with your mixer. You can also use these as a substitute for heavy cream in soups and stews.
Popular brands include Silk, Califia, Violife, Let’s Do Organic, and Country Crock. These whip up quite well if you add powdered sugar and vanilla essence. Read the instructions on the packaging to get the best result.
Exciting Flavors for Vegan Whipped Cream
Most people use vanilla extract or powder to flavor whipped vegan cream. However, when learning how to make vegan whipped cream, you should know it’s not your only flavor choice. Here are some ideas for adding other flavors to your vegan whipped cream:
- Add some cocoa powder when mixing.
- Spices like cinnamon or pumpkin spice make excellent seasonings.
- Use other extracts like peppermint, caramel, etc.
- Powder some freeze-dried fruit or berries to add.
- Use melted peanut butter or powdered peanut butter.
- Using coffee, sugar, and water, use coffee to make the TikTok craze of Dalgona Fluff. Stir it into your whipped vegan cream or make this delicious Drunken Dalgona Cocktail that Michelle Cehn developed for her blog, World of Vegan.
Perfecting Your Vegan Whipped Cream: Tips for a Fluffy Finish
Now that you’ve discovered the magic of vegan whipped cream, it’s time to ensure that every dollop is as light and airy as you dream. Here are some expert tips to help you whip up the perfect vegan topping every time:
- Chill Your Tools: Before starting, chill your mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes. A cold environment helps the cream to whip up better and hold its shape.
- Pick the Right Base: Full-fat coconut milk is the go-to for many vegan whipped creams, but other options like aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) and store-bought vegan whipping creams can also do the trick.
- The Separation Secret: If using coconut milk, let the can sit undisturbed in the fridge overnight. This causes the cream to separate from the liquid. Scoop out the thickened cream and leave the watery part behind, which can be used in smoothies or other recipes.
- Sweeten It Up: Add your favorite sweetener to taste. Powdered sugar works well as it dissolves easily, but you can also use maple syrup, agave nectar, or a sugar alternative for a healthier twist.
- Flavor Fantasies: Don’t be afraid to add a dash of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a splash of almond extract to give your whipped cream a unique flavor.
- Stiff Peaks are Key: Whip until you see stiff peaks form. This means the cream will hold its shape and is ready to be served. However, be careful not to over-whip, as it can become grainy.
- Stabilize if Needed: For an even firmer whipped cream that holds up longer, consider using a stabilizer like agar-agar or tapioca starch mixed in during whipping.
- Serve Immediately or Store Smart: Vegan whipped cream is best enjoyed fresh, but if you need to store it in the fridge in an airtight container and give it a quick whip before serving to bring back its fluffy texture.
With these tips, you’re all set to top off your vegan desserts with a spoonful of creamy, dreamy vegan whipped cream. Enjoy the light, sweet touch it adds to your favorite treats!
Vegan Whipped Cream: A Must-Try Dessert Topping
Now that you know how to make vegan whipped cream, you can present your must-try dessert topping in several ways. Serve it with a bowl of fruit; strawberries are especially delicious with vegan whipped cream when they are in season.
Serve a dollop of whipped cream over your lattes or cold beverages. Other ideas include:
- Spoon over vegan brownies or vegan French toast
- Serve with any of your sweet pies
- Use it to layer a sponge cake and decorate the top
- Make it into ice cream
- Use it for a mousse or as a pie filling
Get baking and enjoy your results with these delicious vegan whipped cream ideas!