My 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.
For that reason, I keep a big supply of So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk (pictured below) on hand. Not to be confused with drinkable coconut milk beverage sold in those big quart and half gallon packages, these little containers are akin to glorious, creamy, full-fat canned coconut milk (the real stuff!). But the So Delicious quality is bar none. It thickens up into a gorgeous cream (not all brands do!. Plus, their cute little aseptic packages are BPA-free, easy to pour, and resealable. I much prefer these to the cans.
As the star ingredient in my dairy-free chocolate whipped cream, you can see that it’s even firm enough to pipe! And, while it does soften a bit at room temperature, this chocolate whipped cream stays firm enough to hold its shape. These pictures were taken over one hour, and as you can see, not a ripple was lost.
Of course, 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.
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.
- Add the coconut cream to a chilled bowl.
- Whisk the cocoa powder, powdered sugar and salt together in a bowl to banish any clumps.
- 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.
- 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.