The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free & Vegan Whipped Cream

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Whipped topping is a must for the holidays. It’s essential for topping pies, garnishing cakes, layering in trifles, and sometimes you might want a straight-up spoonful to celebrate! And these days, you can have your dairy-free whipped topping and eat it too. Below is our big guide to all of the vegan whipped cream products available and our favorite recipes – should you prefer homemade. The brands include tub whips for dolloping, spray whips, and whip-it-yourself options. We’ve updated to include all of the latest options! The recipes include options for various tastes and dietary needs.

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream - recipes, tips, products, and more

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.

Dairy-Free Cool Whip-Style (Tubs)

Most brands of whipped cream tubs do contain dairy, even a few of the “non-dairy” ones. But some truly dairy-free and vegan options have emerged over the years. Tub whips are typically sold frozen, and must be defrosted in your refrigerator (it takes a few hours). They’ll usually last about a week in the refrigerator once defrosted.

So Delicious CocoWhip

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 it has the same marvelous texture as Cool Whip. We’ve enjoyed it as a topping, particularly on dairy-free peppermint white chocolate mochas, and in recipes, like dairy-free trifles. CocoWhip is sold frozen and is available in the U.S. and Canada.

So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip Coconut Whipped Topping Reviews and Info

Truwhip Vegan

Not to be confused with the other Truwhip products (they used to have a “non-dairy” label, but contain a small amount of milk protein), Truwhip Vegan is made without any dairy ingredients and comes in a teal-colored tub. It’s a great option if you aren’t a fan of coconut, but this brand does contain soy protein, which might be a problem for some people. Truwhip Vegan is sold frozen and is available in the U.S. and Canada.

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free & Vegan Whipped Cream - includes all brands available (tubs, spray, etc) + recipes

365 Plant-Based Non-Dairy Whipped Topping

We’re pretty sure this is Truwhip Vegan in a Whole Foods package. Don’t let the “non-dairy” label fool you. This product is made without any dairy ingredients, and is kosher pareve and vegan-friendly. It has the same ingredients as Truwhip Vegan, so it is coconut-free, but not soy-free. This tub-style dairy-free whip is sold frozen in Whole Foods stores in the U.S.

365 Plant-Based Whipped Topping Reviews and Info - Non-Dairy, Dairy-Free, Vegan, and Nut-Free. Also Certified Kosher Pareve and Non-GMO Verified. A Whole Foods Generic and Cool Whip tub-style copycat.

Dairy-Free Spray Whips (Canisters)

This is the fastest growing segment of the dairy-free whipped topping market. And several of the vegan spray whip brands listed below are available in various countries. Spray whip canisters are typically sold refrigerated. They must be kept refrigerated, but some dairy-free varieties have special instructions for use. Be sure to read the label!

Reddi-Wip

They weren’t the first company to come out with dairy-free whipped topping, or even spray whip for that matter, but Reddi-wip made it mainstream. You can find at least one of their two non-dairy spray whipped toppings in most major grocery stores and supermarkets. And unlike the non-dairy Reddi-Wip of years past, these versions are made without any dairy ingredients. Just be sure you follow the instructions carefully with each use, or you might be frustrated with the canister! Reddi-Wip Non-Dairy is sold refrigerated in the U.S. and Canada.

Reddi-Wip Non-Dairy Whipped Topping is Dairy-Free, Vegan, and Comes in Two Varieties. It's a convenient, easy-to-find, dairy-free spray can option.

Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream

The first coconut spray whip to be released in North America was actually Gay Lea. They are a straight-up dairy Canadian company, making all types of creamy products. But they have this one, certified vegan whipped cream that’s been gaining distribution. It’s sold refrigerated in the U.S. and Canada.

Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream Round Up - All of the Brands You Can Buy (tubs, spray, and whip-it-yourself) plus homemade recipes!

Trader Joe’s Sweet Rose Coconut Whipped Topping (different packaging!)

This dairy-free whip comes and goes from Trader Joe’s. It’s latest reincarnation was as “Sweet Rose” brand of coconut whipped topping. It look almost exactly like the Gay Lea canister pictured above, and has the same ingredients as Gay Lea. I wonder who produces it? I don’t have a current image since I’m not near a Trader Joe’s. If you have one and are willing to share, please leave a comment! This product is exclusive to Trader Joe’s stores in the U.S.

Trader Joe's Coconut Whipped Topping - non-dairy, dairy-free, soy-free & vegan spray whipped cream -> Full review and product details ...

365 Oat-Based Whipped Topping

This is Whole Foods “generic” whipped topping in a spray canister. They used to make a coconut whip canister, but it’s been replaced by this oat-based one. This version is actually coconut-free, soy-free, and even pea protein-free. That’s a tricky trifecta in the non-dairy world these days! The 365 brand is sold exclusively via Whole Foods / Amazon. And this particular product might only be available in the U.S.

365 Oat-Based Whipped Topping Reviews and Info - dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan spray whipped cream alternative

Soyatoo Soy Whip & Rice Whip Toppings

Tofutown (A German company) makes Soyatoo brand of Soy Whip and soy-free Rice Whip toppings, which emerged long before any of the brands above. They’re of course available in Germany, but the company exports. You might randomly find one of these at your local grocery or natural food store in the U.S., U.K., or other countries. In the U.S., Vegan Essentials usually stocks this brand for online orders.

Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream Round Up - All of the Brands You Can Buy (tubs, spray, and whip-it-yourself) plus homemade recipes!

Schlagcreme Vegan Spray Cream

This is another German brand, but at this time, they appear to distribute exclusively in Europe (including the U.K.).

Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream Round Up - All of the Brands You Can Buy (tubs, spray, and whip-it-yourself) plus homemade recipes!

Kineret Whipped Topping

This spray whip is made by the kosher company Kayco, and is not only dairy-free, but also certified kosher parve. Thank you to Jeaneth G. for providing the photos below, complete with the ingredient statement. It is sold in the refrigerated section in U.S. grocers, but is a product of Italy.

Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream Round Up - All of the Brands You Can Buy (tubs, spray, and whip-it-yourself) plus homemade recipes!

Food Heaven Heavenly Whipped

This U.K. company makes all types of creamy, plant-based sweets, including spray canisters of vegan whipped cream. These are sold in the U.K., and possibly elsewhere in Europe.

Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream Round Up - All of the Brands You Can Buy (tubs, spray, and whip-it-yourself) plus homemade recipes!

Dairy-Free Ready-to-Whips (Cartons and Cans)

These are “whip your own” varieties. They are usually sold as shelf-stable, but some might be found in the refrigerated section. Like the spray whips, there are many brands available worldwide.

Nature’s Charm Coconut Whipping Cream

Not to be mistaken with ordinary coconut cream, this canned version is sweetened and ready to be whipped. It reportedly works well with whipped cream chargers. The version in the U.S. is made without vanilla – it’s almost purely coconut. But in other countries, you might note a hint of vanilla added.

Nature's Charm Coconut Whipping Cream - dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly whipped topping ready to chill and whip. Refined sugar-free.

Silk Dairy Free Heavy Whipping Cream

This isn’t a sweetened whipped cream, but it is intended for whipping and sweetening as you wish. Unlike several other brands, it’s sold refrigerated, and available primarily in the U.S.

Silk Dairy-Free Heavy Whipping Cream Reviews and Information

Rich Whip Non-Dairy Topping

Rich’s is an old-school kosher brand that’s been making non-dairy whip for decade. Their tub whips do contain dairy (see the image below), but their ready-to-whip cartons are dairy-free, vegan, and kosher parve. Rich also makes a vegan On Top Coconut Whip for food service. Most of their On Top products contain dairy, but the vegan Coconut one does not.

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

Soyatoo Soy and Rice Topping Creams

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 via specialty online stores in the U.S. and Europe.

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

Food Heaven Heavenly Whipping Cream

This U.K. company also has a recently released, whip-it-yourself product line that comes in sweetened and unsweetened. We like that they are larger than most other brands, and are free of gluten, nuts, and soy.

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream - recipes, tips, products, and more

Schlagcreme

In addition to their spray cream listed above, Schlagfix makes ready-to-whip cartons in sweetened and unsweetened, in small and large sizes. They’re primarily sold in Europe, including the U.K.

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

More Kosher Non-Dairy Whipped Toppings

In kosher markets and in some mainstream grocers, there are some more vegan kosher brands that can be found. They’re usually sold as “non-dairy whipped topping” in cartons, but don’t contain any dairy ingredients, are certified kosher pareve/parve, and are often kosher for passover. A few that we’ve found include Kineret, Haddar, B’gan, and Unger’s (also in the U.K.).

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Whipped Cream - recipes, tips, products, and more

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 dairy-free pies and other desserts.

Whipped Coconut Cream

I love whipped coconut cream so much that I even have flavored whip recipes in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. The recipes are 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 guidebookTo 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.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

74 Comments

  1. Thank you for this awesome post. Just a quick heads up, though, on the TJ’s brand…it is only available on the west coast. I inquired at our local store in Syracuse, NY several months ago and was told that this item is not available here. I then asked if it could be requested/ordered, and was told that it is “only available for west coast locations”. I then asked if I could order it myself and have it shipped to me and again was told “no”.

    I have also inquired similarly of Walmart about Gaylea (as some Walmarts apparently carry this brand). Our local store told me they do not even have it on their order sheet so we can’t get it here.

    Still trying to find the new Reddi-Wip that I was told Wegmans carries. I inquired at our local Wegmans, but unfortunately they don’t carry it. There is another Wegmans a few towns over that I will be heading to soon so I’ll check there next and report back any info they share with me.

    For now So Delicious tub-style Coco-Whip is the only non-dairy whip cream I have found and it’s in the ice cream section at Wegmans.

    • Hi Kim, the Trader Joe’s whip isn’t regional, but it is discontinued (nationwide) until they redesign the dispenser. It was actually pulled from shelves last year (just a couple months after release due to the defect), and they had planned to re-release it in February, but that didn’t happen. But when it was out, there were people in the East picking it up – I believe it was a reader in the East that first notified me of it! So it should roll out nationwide when it’s back. I can’t tell you on Gay Lea – I get a lot of reports from people who have found it at major grocers, but I haven’t sought it out myself. You might want to reach out to them directly to find out where they are selling it through -> http://www.gaylea.com/contact-us/locations – I hope that you find all of the whip options soon!

  2. I am very interested in learning about these topping options, though I’m not vegan, I look for dairy-free when I shop. Since they are only mentioned by name and described, I would like to know which ones have no corn-derived ingredients (corn starch, corn oil and/or corn syrup (in any of it’s numerous variations). I have a corn allergy and cannot use some dairy-free, vegan products because corn-based ingredients seem ubiquitous! Thanks for any info!

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  6. Patty Bailey on

    I’m looking for a dairy free whipped cream. tried cocowhip didn’t like it it there one out there and to buy it

    • Hi Patty, the post above should answer your question! It includes all current brands (beyond CocoWhip) as well as recipes. I think you might have stopped at CocoWhip at the top – keep reading!

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  11. I find Riches Whip to be an excellent substitute for whipping cream. Question: How long will it hold up before collapsing if whipped in advance? Can anything be done to make it hold up longer?

    • Do you mean the Rich Whip Linda? I haven’t used it myself, so I couldn’t tell you how long it would hold up. I have a product on hand by Dr. Oetker though called “Whip It” that I was going to trial. It supposedly helps whipped cream hold its shape.

  12. I’m new to being DF… Can you explain why the one soyatoo canned whipped cream says vegan/lactose free and the other says vegan/dairy free? Is that just how they labeled them? Isn’t dairy free also lactose free? I guess I’m confused by the wording…

    • Hi Jenny, that is very odd. Dairy-free is lactose-free. Perhaps the one labeled as lactose-free is made on shared equipment with dairy, so they don’t want to label it as dairy-free.

    • Hi Allison, they had some production issues and in some areas they still aren’t back on the shelves yet. I’ve had trouble in my area, too, but know of others who have it back in stock, and the company has confirmed that the product isn’t discontinued at all. Patience! 🙂

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