Easy Dairy-Free Whipped Cream


This recipe for easy dairy-free whipped cream is a “sweet” entry in our March Recipe Madness Contest, created and submitted by Maria Gentry. To qualify, the recipe contains 8 core ingredients or less, but includes Culinary Coconut Milk by So Delicious Dairy Free.

Easy Dairy-Free Whipped CreamSo Delicious Dairy Free Recipe Madness Contest - BadgeThis is Maria’s twist on my favorite coconut-based dairy-free whipped cream. Her formula is just a touch unique from my own recipe!

For more details about the recipe contest, see this post: https://www.godairyfree.org/news/march-recipe-madness-contest

Special Diet Notes & Options: Easy Dairy-Free Whipped Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian. In fact, it is generally top food allergy-friendly.

5.0 from 7 reviews
Easy Dairy-Free Whipped Cream
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Note that the prep time does not include chilling. Plan ahead!
Serves: ¾ cup
  1. Set cup of coconut milk and mixing bowl in the fridge overnight.
  2. Set beaters in freezer for a few minutes before you begin.
  3. Remove all the solid coconut cream.
  4. Mix cream in chilled bowl, with chilled beaters until fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  5. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  6. Use right away or cover and keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

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. I made this as vegan as possible using a cashew/ almond milk. I also used Earth Balance spread instead of butter. I have no nut allergies,so adding shredded coconut made it simply divine! Thanks for your recipes😀

  2. Silly question but im making dariy egg and nut free desserts for my nephew for Easter, would this be ok to use on cupcakes?

    • Technically, coconut isn’t a tree nut. However, the FDA classifies it as a nut and it is possible to be allergic to coconut. I would check with your sibling to verify if coconut is safe for their son.

  3. Hi! My five year old son is allergic to several foods, including dairy and coconut. Is there another way to make whipped cream? He would be in heaven! Thanks!

  4. Hi, I never bought coconut milk. Is this a cardboard container and is it in the refrigerated section.
    Thank you. Can’t wait to try this.

  5. This didn’t really work for me… I really wanted it to look like the picture but it remained gooey looking and never got fluffy. Tried adding more powdered sugar and even a bit of cream of tartar and still the same. What is going on?

    • Hi Neva, it really depends on the quality of the coconut milk / coconut cream you used more than the recipe itself. What you see when it comes out of the refrigerator is pretty much what you get. See my post here with video for what it should look like for best whipping results – http://www.godairyfree.org/news/what-is-coconut-milk – sometimes it’s possible to get a watery coconut milk that doesn’t set up into that nice thick cream like you see in that post and here.

    • Never mind- I got it to work! My dad measured way too much powdered sugar and turned it into a glaze for some reason. Still tastes delicious, so now I have a glaze and a whipped cream.

      This works great with the So Delicious brand but I also tried this with coconut milk from a can that was chilled and it turned out grainy. I used Native Forest and it was all cream (no water) and I hardly used an powdered sugar. Is this recipe just better with the Culinary milk over the can?

      Also, it didn’t mention in the instructions when to add the vanilla. I think the alcohol in the extract may prevent it from fluffing so I added it at the very end, whipped it for another 10 seconds to incorporate it and it was perfect.

      BTW- love your site! It has been so helpful in going dairy free! I’ve made a number of the recipes and they were all hits!

      • I use the So Delicious brand (just called “culinary”, but it is coconut milk like the others) because it is more consistent with thick cream. Very often I pick up a canned version that is too emulsified or watered down and doesn’t produce thick cream.

        Thanks for the vanilla note! I haven’t had a problem with the alcohol limiting it, but I do usually use alcohol-free vanilla in uncooked applications like this one. Simply Organic brand and Trader Joe’s both work well and are affordable.

        So glad you are enjoying my site and that I can help!

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  7. Hi Alisa, I saw your response to Wendy about the almond milk not working for this recipe. I’m curious to know if maybe a little Wilton’s Meringue Powder would work to help it set up. Any ideas on that?

    • Hi Rhonda, you could try it, but that will be a different recipe. I really haven’t worked with meringue powder. In this recipe, it is really all about the coconut milk cream. It thickens up very thick, like heavy cream, for easy whipping. It can’t be swapped with just a milk beverage (they are watery), and I’m really not sure what magic that meringue powder might do! Let me know if you do trial it. But keep in mind, almond milk is just like 2% dairy milk. If you can’t make it with a glass of milk, it definitely won’t work with milk beverage either.

  8. Would this work with Almond Milk????? I’m new to being dairy free AND gluten free and trying a bunch of new recipes. Not a real big fan of coconut but do enjoy the almond milk! Thanks so much!!!!

  9. This recipe works great! Sweetness is, of course, adjustable though. Mine seemed to keep its shape (dollop) when I put it in hot chocolate (maybe too much sugar haha). I always seem to end up on this website when doing research for new recipes to make. You’re knowledge and recipes are much appreciated! My boyfriend’s stomach thanks you!

  10. Alisa, I have a favorite Italian soup recipe where I used a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream when serving. As I am now dairy free will the coconut cream work without the sweetener & how do you think the taste of coconut be with the soup?

  11. Thanks for posting this! Just wanted to leave a comment to let you know that there are people out here who appreciate your posts: Not just ones who have nothing better to do than leave comments to “correct” you about coconuts being a tree nut… Or to “politely” point out that they think you copied someone else’s recipe. Keep doing what you’re doing, love your site, it’s been very helpful to me! 🙂

  12. if I don’t have a store around me with the Culinary Coconut Milk, will regular canned coconut milk work too?

    • Hi Lorena – if you want to get technical on this, it was more likely “inspired” by my recipe from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook, which was published in 2008 (long before Elana’s post – though I love her dearly and know that she didn’t take my recipe!), and uses the exact same ingredients in almost the exact same ratios. Since I first published my recipe back in 2008, many variations have emerged, but I think it’s great and don’t mind that they aren’t all credited as to the original inspiration – especially since it has circulated so much!

    • Also, please note that Elana’s version was just posted a few weeks ago – even this recipe was posted over a year ago! Enjoy them all – coconut whip is amazing on desserts of all types!

  13. Just wanted to let you know this is NOT a nut free recipe…coconut is a treenut…we have a both dairy and tree nut allergies in our house…yea! Otherwise this is a great recipe if you don’t have but issue

    • Hi Amanda, only by labeling law standards. Coconut is actually not a tree nut (it’s a drupe) and studies have shown no correlation between tree nut and coconut allergies. That said, you can be allergic to coconut, and those in your house can be tested for coconut allergy specifically. There are actually petitions out to get the labeling law changed. Speak with your allergist. Also, I have this post on the topic for clarification – http://www.godairyfree.org/ask-alisa/ask-alisa-can-the-nut-allergic-use-coconut-based-dairy-alternatives

    • I too have a nut & dairy free home. I am allergic to nuts (Anaphylactic actually) & I love my coconut products. It surprises me how often people confuse the simple coconut with the nut family. Of course everyone is different & should approach new foods cautiously but I myself have never had a problem.

    • Try Vance’s Dari-free products. Milk made from potato, and oh….so good. Makes the BEST ice-cream – creamy and not coconut tasting or having the intestinal effects that coconut gives.

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