The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free & Vegan Whipped Cream

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Whipped topping is a must for the holidays, and we have dozens of reasons to celebrate. This essential guide includes numerous dairy-free and vegan whipped cream products and recipes.

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream: Homemade Recipes + All of the Pre-Packaged Options!

Vegan Whipped Cream Brands & Products

Be aware that some “non-dairy” whipped toppings actually contain milk-based ingredients. (See this post for details: Non Dairy vs Dairy Free: Why One May Contain Milk.) However, we only share products and recipes that are free of dairy ingredients. So eat, drink, and generously dollop the following creamy dairy-free toppings.

Dairy-Free Cool Whip-Style (Tubs)

A few brands have come and gone from the market in years past, but I think CocoWhip is here to stay. It’s available in Original and Lite, and I think it’s the closest dairy-free thing you will find to that Cool Whip tub. It also works very well as a topping and in recipes. CocoWhip is sold in the freezer section at natural food stores and many conventional grocers.

Store-Bought and Homemade Recipe Options for truly Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream (So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip Topping pictured)

Dairy-Free Spray Whips (Canisters)

The newest non-dairy whipped cream on the block is Trader Joe’s Non-Dairy Coconut Whipped Topping made with real coconut cream. It’s very easy to find if you live near a Trader Joe’s, and when we  bought it for just $3.29. Look for it in the refrigerated section next to the milk beverages.

Trader Joe's Non-Dairy Coconut Whipped Topping - vegan, dairy-free and made with coconut cream

Whole Foods offers their name brand 365 Coconut Whipped Topping in a spray can. This dairy-free and vegan whipped cream is currently available only in Whole Foods stores. But it could make an appearance on Amazon in the future. Or at least we hope it will!

Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Topping - Complete guide to brands and recipes!

Tofutown (A German company) makes Soyatoo and soy-free Rice Whip. They are popular vegan whipped cream options that have been available for quite some time. This spray whip is sold in some natural food stores, like Whole Foods, but can be tricky to find! I’ve linked up to Amazon, but shops like Vegan Essentials and The Vegan Store sell them online, too.

Store-Bought and Homemade Recipe Options for truly Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream (Soyatoo Soy & Rice Whips pictured)

Another German brand known as Schlagfix makes a spray vegan whipped cream that’s made from a base of palm kernel oil, soy protein, and a bunch of other chemical-sounding ingredients. Nonetheless, many people really like it and think it tastes “less artificial” than others. I haven’t seen this one in the U.S., but it is available in Europe.

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream - Products and Recipes

And our final spray whip option is Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream. It’s a dairy-free and vegan whipped cream, but they have other spray whipped creams which are not. This brand is sold in stores in the U.S., but they don’t have a store locator. However, Vegan Essentials usually carries it online.

Vegan Essentials

Dairy-Free Ready Whips (Cartons)

For a “whip your own” dairy-free option, try Rich Whip Ready-to-Whip Carton. Rich’s is an old-school kosher brand that has actually been around for many decades, but not all of their products are dairy-free. Like so many other non-dairy toppings, Rich’s Pre-Whipped Bowl Toppings do contain casein (milk protein) and should be avoided by dairy-free and vegan consumers (see the images below). Fortunately, since the products are produced and packaged differently, the Ready-to-Whip Cartons are not only a good vegan whipped cream option, they’re also certified kosher OU parve. However, the ingredients in Rich Whip Ready-to-Whip Cartons leave a little to be desired (high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, stablizers and preservatives).

Store-Bought and Homemade Recipe Options for truly Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream (Rich Whip Whip-from-Carton pictured)

Tofutown also makes ready-to-whip cartons. You can get Soyatoo in Rice Whip, Soy Whip and Cocoa Whip. These shelf-stable cartons can be found in natural food stores, or online. In Europe, the online store VeggieStuff is a great place to find these products.

Our guide to dairy-free and vegan whipped cream - Soyatoo pictured

And Schlagfix makes their own Schlagcreme ready-to-whip cartons in sweetened and unsweetened. I have seen this option on Amazon, but in Europe, you can get it from online retailers like Veggie Stuff. And perhaps it’s also sold in stores.

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream - Products and Recipes

Homemade Vegan Whipped Cream Recipes

Keep in mind that these are not Cool Whip copycats, but they are delicious, rich, creamy, healthier, and perfect for topping those pies.

Whipped Coconut Cream

I love whipped coconut cream so much that I have two variations of whipped coconut cream in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook (on page 253). It’s impossibly rich, creamy, and simple. Like dairy cream, coconut cream is high in saturated fat. Saturated fat, unlike the unsaturated fats in most oils, solidifies as it cools to help create a thick cream. In other words, coconut cream acts very much like dairy cream, but it has a coconut vibe. Most people either don’t mind or love the coconut flavor,  which can be mellowed with vanilla extract or even chocolate! But the completely coconut averse may want to consider some of the other vegan whipped cream recipes that I will discuss.

Go Dairy Free - The Best-Selling Guide and CookbookTo understand coconut cream and how to get it, see my Guide to Coconut Milk. It is an everyday ingredient that you can extract from canned coconut milk. And here are some vegan whipped cream recipes to use it:

Whipped Nut Crème

Nut creams or crèmes don’t typically have that light and fluffy texture, but they can be very rich and delicious. Here are some vegan whipped cream recipes using nuts:

  • Cashew Whipped Cream – This amazing-looking cream is from Chef Tal Ronnen. Yes, the vegan chef that Oprah made famous!
  • Almond Cream – A Go Dairy Free reader took ordinary nut cream a step further by adding a thickener and stabilizer. He uses almonds rather than cashews. Almonds are a firmer nut, so this recipe may benefit from soaking the nuts overnight first.

Whipped Soy Crème

Before vegan home cooks and chefs began experimenting with nuts and coconuts, there was tofu. Many still adore tofu and other soy-based products for their ability to offer a creamy texture, a relatively neutral flavor, and in some cases, a low fat option that is higher in protein. Of course, some of the soy-based whipped cream recipes aren’t low in fat, or even healthy, but they are definitely decadent. You can see examples of both types in the recipes below. Here are some vegan whipped cream recipes using soy-based ingredients:

  • Mom’s Mock Whip Cream – This recipe was shared by a milk allergy mom. Her family loves this frosting-like whip. It’s definitely an indulgence, but isn’t that what the holidays are for?
  • Veg-Whipped Cream – This recipe uses very basic ingredients, and can technically be made soy-free, but it is the most finicky of the bunch. Once you master the technique, it works well, but not everyone has success right out of the shoot. Consider yourself warned!
  • Light Tofu Whipped Cream – Even today, after all of the many dairy alternative inventions, we can’t talk about subs without mentioning tofu. This low fat topping is still an old standby for many.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Whipped Cream Recipe - vegan, soy-free and easy!

More Delicious Resources

For delicious ways to use vegan whipped cream, see our Dairy-Free Holiday Pie Round-up.
For additional holiday and everyday recipes from my kitchen, see Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.
And for information on store-bought, dairy-free alternatives and products, see Our Product Reviews.

Meet the Expert: Alisa Fleming is the founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. In addition to her own dairy-free lifestyle, Alisa has experience in catering to the needs of various special diets, including gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, vegan, and multiple food allergies, and is Editor for the international publication, Allergic Living Magazine.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

56 Comments

  1. Regular Cocowhip is lovely, the light is not fluffy, and does not hold up at all.
    I am not at all fond of the lids on either product. They are very difficult to get on and off.
    Do not bother with Soyatoo Whip,,the sprayer does nit work, and you will be throwing you money away.

  2. I’ve never been successful in making an allergy-friendly whipped topping that my son will actually eat. We tend to just do without which is fine because we really don’t need the extra sugar. If something REALLY needs sweetener, I just make a sugar icing and blend with fruit instead of food dye.

  3. my favourite at the minute is home-made coconut whipped cream, next time I am going to experiment adding cacao 🙂 can’t wait

  4. I love the So Delicious Coco Whip. Even my husband, who is not a vegan, prefers this to any other whipped cream or whipped topping.

  5. That So Delicious Coco-whip is addicting, hard to have in the house because it is great just plain with a spoon! But I’ve tried it on desserts, in my version of banana pudding, in coffee and as a dip for strawberries. Thanks for posting your recipe as well!

  6. I know at least one of these has a milk warning on it, because I’ve checked the label the lat 2 years! Dairy free and vegan labels are notorious for “may contain milk” warning labels. It’s irritating, as our son has a true milk allergy that could kill him.

    • I completely understand your frustration. But please note that “may contain” warnings are completely VOLUNTARY. A product that states “made in a factory with …” may actually be safe due to their rigorous cleaning but desire to disclaim for safety while another product without a label warning may actually be totally unsafe (since they don’t have to put may contain on it). If dealing with a serious milk allergy, you MUST always contact the manufacturer no matter what the package says. I know milk allergy moms who comfortably buy certain products with “may contain” warnings after speaking with the manufacturer, but shun others without the warning because they couldn’t get clear answers from the company. Also, with milk, know your risk factors – if the company is using milk powder in the facility, it can float – for example – where liquid milk may easily be washed away and wouldn’t “float” to other equipment.

  7. Looking for a source in the United states for Non dairy whipping cream in a liquid form for export . Need 1 year shelf life and 1 ltre tetra packaging
    Any ideas on where I might find a supplier . The quantities are large

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