Monday, May 19, 2014

Coconut Whipped Cream (AIP)

I have a love/hate relationship with coconut whipped cream.  Ideally, one is supposed to be able to refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight, open the can, scoop off the solids & whip them into amazing “whipped cream.” This is NOT always the case.

As you can see in this picture I posted on Instagram a couple weeks ago, I’ve had my fair share of coconut whipped cream failures... I asked others what they did to ensure that the coconut milk would actually whip into usable cream & I received some good tips. Two pieces of advice that I took to heart were 1) to use Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream (which is *still* unsweetened) and 2) to open the can from the bottom, after the refrigeration process.

Using those words of wisdom, I made a successful batch of Coconut Whipped Cream that fit with my detox specifications and felt like a decadent treat, when spooned on top of berries. I found my berries were sweet enough that I left my “cream” unsweetened (whether through stevia, or, if you’re not on a detox diet, powdered sugar).

Coconut Whipped Cream 

1 can of Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste/extract (omit for AIP)

optional: sweetener of choice, such as honey or maple syrup

  1. Chill the can of Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream in the refrigerator overnight.  
  2. The following day, flip the can upside down & open the can from the bottom.  Drain out any liquid & use it in something else (like add it to a smoothie). Scoop the remaining solids into a bowl. 
  3. Using a hand-held mixer, whip the solids for a couple minutes, or until the cream forms soft peaks. 
  4. Add the Vanilla Bean Paste & optional sweeteners & mix to combine. If a more firm texture is desired, re-refrigerate for 10 minutes before serving. 
  5. Use as you would use regular whipped cream--here, I spooned it over some berries. 
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of days, though re-whipping may be required. 


  1. I added 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of grass fed gelatin with 1 Tbsp of warm water to this mixture for 1 can. adding coconut sugar gives it a toasted marshmellow flavor that is yummy.

  2. "If your whipped coconut cream isn’t holding together (sometimes this happens if you get too much liquid from the bottom of the can mixed in), then try adding a little arrowroot powder to help it hold together, or refrigerate again and separate more carefully."

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