Dairy-Free Chocolate Whipped Cream


Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsMy true cravings have been showing through lately in a lot of the personal recipes I’ve been posting. As you can see from my Nutella Mousse, Strawberry Fool, and now this dairy-free Chocolate Whipped Cream, I’m really more into cool and spoonable than baked goods. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE baking, I’m just not as into devouring the results on my own. But when it comes to recipes like this one, I often get greedy.

This recipe is a sample from the 2nd Edition of my flagship book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. In this super-sized book, you will find over 250 recipes for homemade dairy alternatives, treats, snacks, meals, and more!

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

The Secret to Perfect Dairy-Free Chocolate Whipped Cream

I keep a big supply of coconut milk on hand just for recipes like this. Not to be confused with drinkable coconut milk beverage sold in those big quart and half gallon packages, real full-fat coconut milk is sold in cans or small aseptic packages. When chilled, it thickens to a spoonable consistency that works wonders as a heavy cream replacement. See my Coconut Milk Guide for visuals. You want that nice, thick cream pictured for this recipe.

I used to rely on So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk, because the quality is/was bar none. Unfortunately, they’ve discontinued their coconut milk line. Other quality brands of coconut milk or cream will work in this recipe.

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With the right ingredients, my dairy-free chocolate whipped cream recipe is even firm enough to pipe! The consistency does soften a bit at room temperature, but it stays firm enough to hold its shape. These pictures were taken over one hour, and as you can see, not a ripple was lost.

This chocolate whipped cream can be used as a delicious topper on cakes, even acting as a less-sweet frosting stand-in. However, I enjoyed my test batches as a fresh fruit dip or for making parfaits.

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

Since I know you will ask, the cute cups pictured are part of the Revol Color Lab collection. These espresso cups come in several fun colors to mix and match. 

Special Diet Notes: Chocolate Whipped Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and generally top food allergy-friendly. It can be made paleo with powdered coconut sugar, but this will change the flavor quite a bit.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Whipped Cream or Topping
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This recipe is adapted from my book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. It can be made semi-sweet or dark, depending on the sugar level you choose. I usually go for semi-sweet (1/3 cup powdered sugar), which we find perfect for parfaits and fruit dipping.
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  1. Add the coconut cream to a chilled bowl.
  2. Whisk the cocoa powder, powdered sugar and salt together in a bowl to banish any clumps.
  3. Add the cocoa mixture to the cream along with the vanilla and whip until smooth and creamy with a hand mixer, just 1 minute or less.
  4. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will set up to a frosting-like consistency, but softens readily at room temperature and can be re-whipped.
Coconut Cream: Chill full-fat coconut milk for several hours or overnight. If you've got a good can, it should separate with a very thick, spoonable cream layer at top. Scoop the very thick cream only and use it in this dairy-free chocolate whipped cream recipe. Good quality coconut milk / cream is essential. It MUST set up to a very thick cream when chilled. Do NOT use coconut milk beverage.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Whipped Cream Recipe - vegan, soy-free and easy!

What would you serve dairy-free Chocolate Whipped Cream on, or what recipe it might work great in? Let’s keep it G rated please!

About Author

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.


  1. Desiree Michaels on

    It’s late spring headed for summer and I live in the Pacific NW so it’s berry season. I’m thinking it’d be perfect with fresh, ripe raspberries or blackberries. This way there’s no need to decide between whipped cream and chocolate ?

  2. Holly Helgeson on

    Oh my goodness!! This would make the perfect finishing touch on the top of a rich and creamy non-dairy shake made from So Delicious ice cream!! I can just taste its yummy chocolately goodness!

  3. Sara Powell on

    I would use this with my vegan chocolate cake: as a topping, or in an attempt to make a filled layer cake. I’d also use it as a dip for vegan chocolate chip cookies.

  4. I’d love to try to make strawberry shortcake with this whipped cream and dairy free biscuits (bisquick is dairy free too!)

  5. I have never tasted anything with dairy in it. Nothing! So I don’t know what whipped cream, ice cream, or any cream tastes like. So I imagine I would try it on everything. It would become equivalent to Frankie’s hot sauce. In my non-dairy life I would finally get to try strawberry shortcake with the cream topping! I’m starting the search for the ingredients right now!

  6. I would tear my homemade gluten & dairy free cake into chunks, then layer it with the dairy free chocolate whipped cream. Several layers in a pretty clear bowl then serve with a couple sliced organic strawberries on the side! YUM!

  7. fawn curtis on

    I would make a chocolate fruit salad! Just mix in strawberries, grapes, bananas, coconut and marshmallows. Tasty!

  8. Oh my goodness, frosting on a chocolate cake with fresh strawberry preserve filling! Chocolate Strawberries and Cream cake!! 🙂

  9. I have a pretty strong sweet tooth, so might just have to limit this to the whip by itself. I could see myself getting into trouble with this one!

  10. Victoria Castle on

    I’ve always wondered what hot chocolate with whipped cream tastes like…this sounds like a great recipe to serve on top of a steaming cup of hot cocoa!

  11. I would build a dairy-free ice cream sundae made with So Delicious Cashew Milk ice cream, dairy-free chocolate sauce, the chocolate whipped cream, nuts, and of course a cherry on top 🙂

  12. What would I serve dairy-free chocolate whipped cream on? A spoon! This looks like an amazing dessert all by itself. Just give me a bowl and a spoon. 🙂

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