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Spring and summer makes me want to eat all the fruits. All of them. I basically live on fruit in one form or another in the warmer months. This strawberry salad is on constant rotation in our house. And, after dinner, I am wanting something a little sweet.
It still is bikini season though mind you, so I want to give into my sweet tooth without completely going off the rails. So, I came up with this healthy(ish) dairy free, sugar free, coconut whipped cream to eat on top of summer fruits.
I wouldn’t say this coconut whipped cream is a health food. But, it is certainly is a healthier version. I try to eat almost entirely dairy free. Dairy can lead to bloat and many of us, including myself, are sensitive to dairy. Nothing you want to deal with when you’ll be hitting up spring break beaches. And, I eat almost no sugar. Which, new research keeps telling us how much worse for us sugar is than we thought.
So, while no, this is not a health food, it’s a way to try to make an unhealthy food, a little better to enjoy without feeling quite so much guilt.
I love to use this as a dip for fresh cut peaches and strawberries. I may or may not know from personal experience it is also delicious topped on waffles on weekend mornings.. My husband isn’t always a fan of food that I try to alter to make healthier, but he loves this too. So picky eater approved!
In the recipe I have an optional ingredient, coconut extract, or really, any flavor or extract. The vanilla is traditional. I like adding coconut to give it a really coconut-y flavor. While the coconut cream certainly has a coconut flavor, it’s quite mild. So adding in the coconut extract gives it a taste of the tropics. Any extract could be delicious, like lemon, or orange. Alternately, f you want it as basic as possible you could leave it out. I do recommend the vanilla extract no matter what though.
Healthy(ish) Dairy Free Coconut Whipped Cream
- 1 can coconut cream This should be full fat, coconut cream, not coconut milk. If you get a can of coconut milk you will want to cool it to let the cream separate. Trader Joe's coconut cream is my favorite!
- 1 tbs powdered erythritol Like Swerve brand
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp coconut extract optional
- Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
- Use an electric mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy.
- Eat immediately.