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. Since it sets up so nice, how about trying to frost a cake with it? I just made a vegan spice cake (Duncan Hines) substituting 2/3 cup cinnamon applesauce for 3 eggs, and it came out so moist. Canned frostings are so sugary.. i’d totally use this whipped chocolate as a frosting on it with lots of swirly embellishments and of course, chocolate chips sprinkled on top 😛

    • I think that would work well! It should be fine at room temperature for a couple of hours, but since fresh, I would refrigerate it any longer than that. And yes, those chocolate chips would be a must! 🙂

  2. Hi! I think that the chocolate whipped cream would taste great on almost anything… but especially on pie or a vanilla cupcake! My son has multiple, life-threatening food allergies (which includes anaphylaxis to dairy), so I make all our meals and baked goodies by hand. Your chocolate whipped cream recipe looks like a yummy frosting alternative 🙂

    • Wow, sounds like you have your hands full Emily! Nonetheless, your family is fortunate to have such a great home cook! I always love food in better than out 🙂

  3. Hmm… I think I would actually turn this chocolate whipped cream into the dessert itself! I can imagine it making for some incredible fudgsicles once spooned into a popsicle mold.

  4. I look forward to this on every dessert and many non dessert recipes! I’d like to try it I. a parfait instead of yogurt, Fruit and chocolate whipped cream parfait. I think it would also be good with Oreos or on cake. I love culinary coconut milk. It has so many uses.

  5. This will fill the needed roll of topping for my favorite chocolate cream pie. Wish this version of coconut cream was more easily available in Houston, TX; it is rare that I can find on a grocer’s shelf.

    • Yes, I admit they run out of it often in my area, too. You can request it in (if the stores carry any So Delicious products, they should be able to order that one in on request – I do that often), and you can order it online.

  6. I am in a huge chocolate kick now so I would absolutely love to have the chocolate whipped cream on top of dark chocolate cashew milk ice cream.

  7. Vicky Cooling on

    I’m gluten free but many members of my family are gf/df and I love to bake for them. This would be great

  8. This looks so delicious! I would just put it on top of fresh strawberries for a wonderfully delicious dessert!

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