Hey everyone! For the last few days I've been trying to make coconut whipped cream. Many of my friends and family understand how frustrated I was during these past few days because each can of coconut milk I would get wouldn't work! Talk about waste of money. However, I finally found a few good ways to make sure you are able to get amazing coconut whipped cream like the pictures below.
This recipe is super easy and only contains 2-3 ingredients, depending on how you want it to taste. This is an amazing alternative to regular whipped cream and is vegan friendly. This definitely has a coconut taste, but if you don't like a strong coconut taste there's nothing a little vanilla extract can't fix ;)
^ Click on the images to enlarge them!
Here's what you do to make the whipped coconut cream:
Step 1: Buy a FULL FAT can of coconut milk. I used Thai's Kitchen pictured above. There are many other brands, but make sure it is not lite coconut milk because it will not work. Also make sure there aren't a ton of additives in the ingredients. Ideally it should just be coconut milk, water and guar gum. Do not buy boxed coconut milk either - it won't work. Also, while you're at the store a good tip is to shake the coconut milk. If you hear any liquid swishing around then chances are it won't solidify. If, when you shake it, you don't hear any liquid swishing around then chances are it'll work. I've tried this twice now and it has worked in detecting which cans will work or not.
Step 2: Place can of full fat coconut milk into the refrigerator for about 24 hours. Many other recipes say to leave it in over night, but I never found that to work for me. Keeping it in the fridge longer gives it a better chance to solidify.
Step 3: After about 24 hours, put a mixing bowl into the freezer for 10 minutes. This is done so that the coconut milk can stay cold and whip up well.
Step 4: Take the coconut milk out of the fridge and open it. It should look solid like the first picture in this post. If it's still liquid - I'm sorry to tell you it won't whip up. However, you can try to freeze it and see if it will help. I personally have never done this, but I've heard it sometimes working for others. No one brand of coconut milk is consistent when it comes to this. The last time I tried this brand it didn't solidify. However, this is why I say to leave it in the fridge for 24 hours because it will more than likely solidify in that time.
Spoon out the solid part of the coconut milk into the frozen mixing bowl. You will hit a point when you see coconut water - do not put this in the bowl! Save it for yummy smoothies instead.
Step 5: Once all the solid coconut milk is in your frozen mixing bowl, use an electric beater and beat the solid coconut milk until fluffy (about 1 minute or so). At this point you can taste it. If you like it as is then you're done! However, I needed it a little sweeter and less coconut-y. I added a pinch of Stevia and about a 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract. I beat it a little more so all the ingredients were mixed together and voila! It's super fast and super delicious! Now you can put whatever you don't use in a container and store it in the refrigerator - it will keep for up to seven days.
Now, if you want to get a bit fancy and know how I easily add the whipped coconut cream to my favorite desserts/meals keep reading:
Step 1: Take a sandwich baggie, open it up and put one of the lower corners inside a cup and fold the rest of the baggie over the sides of the cup (shown in first picture above).
Step 2: Scoop whipped coconut cream inside the baggie. You don't have to fill it all the way up, but fill it up enough so that it can cover whatever you're decorating.
Step 3: Take baggie out of cup and twist it just above the whipped coconut cream (shown in third picture above).
Step 4: Take a pair of scissors and cut a piece off of the corner of the baggie. The smaller the piece you cut off the smaller amount will come out and vise versa. I cut mine somewhat close to the tip so it was more on the small side.
Step 5: Squeeze at the top by the twisted part of the baggie and start decorating! It's super easy and fun! This is basically a homemade piping bag and does wonders for basic decorating.
And there you have it! Easy, only 2 - 3 ingredients and a delicious topping to oatmeal, desserts, coffee, hot chocolate... you get the idea! Also, if you run into the problem I was having (where the coconut milk wouldn't solidify) don't get too discouraged. Shaking the can at the store is a great indicator of whether it'll work or not, ensure you're leaving it in the fridge for a decent amount of time so that it has a chance to solidify, and try not to shake it up too much. I hope this recipe works out well for you and I hope you enjoy it!