Coconut Whipped Cream - Paleo

Prep Notes

 If you’ve given up dairy and are still hankering for something creamy to smother your desserts in this recipe is your answer! It’s not quite as airy as regular whipped cream, but it is close and has a wonderful, rich flavor. It’s my dairy-free topping of choice and will pair nicely with dairy-free desserts such as Paleo Pumpkin Pie and Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie. Just like regular whipped cream, it pipes quite nicely, and doesn’t have the funky flavor of other milk and dairy substitutes. I also like to use it as a dairy-free frosting on  Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes.


1 cup


  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, 13-ounce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 drops vanilla stevia
  • pinch of celtic sea salt


  1. Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator at least 24 hours before making the whipped cream, so it is well chilled
  2. Chill a metal bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes
  3. Take the coconut milk out of the refrigerator and remove the lid
  4. Gently scoop out the coconut fat, placing it in the chilled bowl
  5. Pour the remaining liquid into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator, saving it for another use
  6. Using a hand blender, whip the coconut milk fat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute
  7. Whip in the honey, vanilla extract, stevia, and salt
  8. Use right away or store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours


Please note that this dairy-free whipped cream recipe calls for full-fat canned coconut milk. The fat is what makes the recipe creamy and luscious; light coconut milk won’t work and results in a watery mess.

There is a fairly big discrepancy between different brands of coconut milk. I have found that the Native Forest brand is the most reliable when it comes to a rich and thick cream, which is the most important component of this recipe. I have tried using other brands of organic coconut milk and have had not had success in getting the cream to separate from the coconut water. When the cream doesn’t rise to the top of the can, it’s not possible to make this recipe, so be mindful of the brand you choose.