Dairy-Free Whipped Cream

Close up of dairy-free whipped cream in a bowl with fresh berries and mint.
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If you feel like your non-dairy desserts are lacking a little something, take them to the next level with a whipped topping! This is the BEST dairy-free whipped cream recipe; it's sweet, silky, and fluffy, with a flavor that's almost indiscernible from traditional whipped cream.

  • Author: alexandra
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups whipped cream 1x
  • Category: toppings and garnishes
  • Method: mixer
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled 12+ hours
  • 1/4 cup (28 grams) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. Open chilled can of coconut milk. Scoop out the thick coconut cream, reserving the liquid for later use.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or using a bowl and handheld electric mixer, whip coconut cream on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt, continuing to beat just until add-ins are incorporated and whipped cream is thick, smooth, and fluffy. If the mixture is thicker or stiffer than you’d prefer, add the reserved liquid ½ teaspoon at a time, whipping until it reaches your desired texture.


Choosing the right brand of coconut milk:

  • Look for unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk (or coconut cream) with coconut as the first ingredient. Brands that typically work well for this recipe include Arroy-D, Thai Kitchen, and Native Forest. A word of caution: many people do not have success with Trader Joe's coconut milk.

Storing dairy-free whipped cream:

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If the whipped cream is too stiff to use after chilling, whip it again to loosen it up, adding a small amount of reserved coconut milk "water" if needed.

Recipe variations:

  • Chocolate Whipped Cream: Add 1 1/2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder. Use 4 1/2 tablespoons of confectioner's sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and an extra pinch of salt.
  • Naturally-Sweetened Whipped Cream: Substitute confectioner's sugar with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Honey also works but will have a more pronounced flavor, and is not vegan.
  • Sugar-Free Whipped Cream: Substitute confectioners' sugar with a powdered sugar alternative such as erythritol or monk fruit.