This Dairy Free Coconut Milk Whipped Topping is so simple to prepare, and yields a product you can use in place of products like Cool Whip whipped topping or even in place of whipped heavy cream in recipes and on desserts. It does firm up a bit in the fridge during storage if you’re holding it over, so give it a few minutes at room temp prior to using if you aren’t using it as soon as it’s made.
Some readers have had issues with the whipped topping not getting thick. What is usually the issue is the machine used to whip it.
I find a blender works best for this recipe. I have made it in a standard blender and in my Blendtec (update 2015: which I eventually got rid of because, well, honestly, it was just one more kitchen gadget cluttering up my life and not necessary at all) with great success; however, I do not recommend using a food processor. (I’m sure a VitaMix would work well, too, based on my Blendtec results.)
Update #2: After moving to France in spring 2015, with zero electrical appliances making the journey with us, I started from scratch in the kitchen department and my first electric gadget purchase was a small “blending machine” – not really a blender, not really a food processor, but an electric “chopper” of sorts that only set me back 13 euros. I attempted this recipe there, without the powdered sugar, which I no longer use in my recipes, and it worked like a charm! So, no fancy equipment necessary for this recipe to work for you. :)
And if you’re worried about wasting the liquid portion of the coconut milk, don’t toss it out! You can add it to soups or curry dishes, or use it as part of the cooking liquid for rice, quinoa, or other gluten-free grains. It’s also a terrific addition to a smoothie! I store mine in a glass jar with a lid in the fridge up to 3 or 4 days, or I freeze it if I want to store it longer. Try pouring it into ice cube trays and freezing, then add a few cubes to your next smoothie or iced coffee…delish!
- 1 can full fat refrigerated coconut milk (I use a high fat product, which varies depending on where I am at the time. I have used Thai Kitchen full fat and Trader Joe's brand when in the USA. In France, there are several different brands, usually found in the International aisle with Asian foods or in the bio aisle of the supermarket.)
- ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar (heaping; if you do not eat corn, you can buy a corn-free confectioners' sugar, or make your own.) UPDATE: as of 2015 I no longer use confectioner's sugar in my recipes, and now I make this recipe without it, and it works just as well.
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Chill the unopened can of coconut milk in the fridge before you begin.Give it an hour or two to fully chill. It needs to be cold so the cream and liquid portions separate. When you open the can, the solid portion will be on top.
- Scoop the solid part into your blender. (Hang on to the liquid underneath.)
- Next add the sugar (if using) and vanilla and blend on high to achieve a smooth, creamy mixture.
- It only takes a few minutes, start to finish!
Try whipping up a batch and using it in Banana Split S’Mores Parfaits!