Coconut Whipped Cream

We love our whipped cream in coffee, on berries for dessert, really on any of our primal desserts.  But it’s nice to have an alternative to dairy and for our Paleo friends.

Henry thought it would be good to have some cold coconut milk and stuck a can into the fridge for a couple of hours. When he opened it he noticed that it had gotten very thick on top, so he scooped it out and noticed that it had separated from the coconut water. So he added a little cinnamon and a little organic vanilla extract to the thick coconut and whipped it up. To our happy surprise it got thick and creamy immediately, and Oh Wow!!! sooooo good.

So since then we’ve been enjoying our morning cup of coffee with a spoon full.

So here are a couple of pictures for you – try it, it is so incredibly easy and completely gluten and dairy-free.

Step 1: Take a “full fat” can of Organic Coconut Milk and place it in the fridge for some time or best over night

Refrigerated Coconut Milk being scooped out by Henry

Step 2: Make sure that you scoop out all the thickened coconut cream, and that the water is left over. Don’t discard the water, use it to drink or in a shake.

Coconut Water

Step 3: After scooping it out, add a little cinnamon and vanilla, and whip it in a mixing bowl until it begins to thicken.

Step 4: Enjoy every bite, anyway you like!🙂

487 thoughts on “Coconut Whipped Cream

    1. If you take a “full fat” can of coconut milk and let it sit in the fridge overnite, in the morning you will have thick stuff on top-add just a bit of cinnamon and vanilla and whip with your hand beater. I think this would be excellent on this

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      1. You don’t need to put it in the fridge. It is naturally this way, which is what the recipe is about.🙂

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      2. Hey KSH, you must not have read the article above or you would see it’s from the fridge you idiot.

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      3. Hi.. I tired this.. left the can overnight and it still came out nothing like whipped cream. It was really runny still..any tips?

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      4. I tried this but it did not work. the coconut milk was still runny and never separated from the water.

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      5. Idontknow is just a troll, Ignore it.

        Don’t shake the can before you put it in the fridge. In fact, let it sit undisturbed for a while before you chill it and you should have better results. Also be sure it’s full fat. A good brand to use is Thai Kitchen. (As in the photo above.)

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      6. There are two qualities of Coconut milk available in the grocery store. Shake the can– if u hear the liquid in the can, it is the lesser quality. The good stuff is silent and full fat. The THAI KiTCHEN brand is expensive and makes noise. The no-noise type is best, but be careful not to include any trapped liquid in ur whipped cream. “Fridging” it makes the whipping process better.

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      7. Keep in mind that it must have the fat in it. Most of the Coconut milk I have bought goes into the refrigerator and has never separated. It would be like buying regular milk at the store and expecting the cream to rise to the top..aint gonna happen! I am in China but this is the first time I have heard of whipped cream made out of coconut milk (just trying to buy regular dairy cream in China is a nightmare in logistics) and I have bought numerous containers of coconut milk here. Next time I will pay closer attention to product description and see if one has a higher fat content and also look for the Thai canned coconut milk.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I often use heavy cream but I find that my body doesn’t always agree with it. I guess that’s why we primal folks tend to stay away from dairy. This seems like it would be an awesome substitute.

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    1. i totally know what you mean… my body didn’t agree with cream either until i switched to raw cream, and milk for that matter. now i can have all the grass-fed raw dairy i want with no side effects and tons of amazing benefits to boot🙂

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      1. I made some into ice cream last month to put in our birthday cake. It was sooo good with raspberries

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      2. Same here Heather. I can drink the raw milk and cream with no problems at all. Glad to know I am not crazy!

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      3. But where do you get raw grass fed dairy? I believe it is against the law to sell it in Miccigan.

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    2. I’ve asked this question before, but never got a reply : How much cholesterol is there in coconut whipped cream ? If anyone know, please reply :o)

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      1. I did not expect to see cholesterol listed on a can of coconut milk, but I just checked Thai Kitchen, and both “premium” and organic types list cholesterol as 5 mg per 60 mL!
        I happened to have a can of Native Forest organic, and that lists cholesterol as 0 mg, the same with my coconut oil. So what is Thai kitchen doing to their coconut milk??

        I do know for certain that coconut fat is high in saturated fats, which may raise bad cholesterol (LDL) in your blood. At the same time it may raise good cholesterol (HDL). If high cholesterol is a concern do your research, ask a professional, and in the meantime, use sparingly!

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      2. There actually is cholestrol in Coconuts and Avocado. It is the healthy fats your body needs to have though.

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    3. Adam, I use Coconut milk or almond milk for nearly everything that I cook..I even use it in my cereal. We rarely use dairy except cheese which is a familial weakness. Ha! But I have NOT YET tried this. I can’t wait!

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      1. For those of you worried about cholesterol, cholesterol does not make cholesterol. In fact, coconut milk and coconut oil contain a component (lauric acid) which is helpful in lowering cholesterol. Cholesterol starts in the liver, so those of you with high cholesterol should do what you can to get your liver healthy so it can work properly (a liver detox, for example). My MIL had very high cholesterol. She began taking an herbal supplement (Choleslo) rather than the Lipitor her doctor wanted to put her on (her doctor told her the Choleslo wasn’t going to work) and after 8 weeks on it, her cholesterol was down to 199 with her LDL going down and her HDL going up! The nurse at her doctor’s office was amazed and asked her what she was taking. Oh, and her Hepatitis B disappeared…..how’s that for liver repair!!🙂

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      1. hey jo, I have been doing this to coconut milk for while now an what people don’t listen to is its a whole lot better then heavy cream or milk even though regular milk is better for kid then the the 2% 3% stuff is garbage and not at all good because they get no benefits from it if people learn to eat healthier there mite be a better way to make others learn to going back to how we use to do things an less pollutions to processing food and chemicals and just maybe they will learn that healthier is always better

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  2. Thank you for such a wonderful idea!!! I had given up all dairy except for the little half and half in my morning coffee because i had not found an alternative I liked. Well thanks to you now I have!!! Thanks for all the wonderful blog posts! I am fairly new to this eating lifestyle and have really been inspired by your blog.

    Mary

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    1. if you have a local health food store or trader joe’s maybe? there is a GREAT coconut milk creamer in different flavors that I love. Made with coconut milk…no dairy or soy. The brand is So-Delicious …or see if your local walmart can get it by talking to the right manager. I’m currently working w/mine. since they carry the brand in coconut milk and almond milk in the fridge section. Almond milk doesn’t work in coffee but a little coconut milk does. I also like those syrups….from sam’s they have pure can sugar in them and no dyes listed. My favorite is the carmel. I whip mine with one of those hand blend little battery operated foamers? can’t remember what you call em.

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      1. Love it I use it every morning, very yummy! I like French Vanilla they also offer Hazelnut!

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      2. I don’t use that brand because there are so many other ingredients. When you get the right coconut milk you can get only coconut.

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      3. Do some research on the ingrediant in So Deliocious products and most coconut and almond milks, its called carageenan. Seems to be a very unhealthy ingrediant

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      4. I have been using the So Delicious Coconut Creamer for my coffee in the past year since I went gluten and dairy free – but just discovered that the Xanthan/Guar gums can also be problematic for gluten intolerance folks. So now I might make my own with the pure coconut milk!

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      5. PF – Carrageenan is kelp. Definitely not an unhealthy ingredient. It’s in tons of stuff and is used as a thickener. It’s in ice cream, toothpaste, make-up… if it’s thick, it probably has carrageenan in it.

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      6. Very interesting ! I’m going to check my local Walmart tomorrow .Thanks for sharing :0)

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    2. We use 1tsp. blue agave nectar in our coffee & then mix in Silk soy creamers (Hazelnut & vanilla). My husband has to guard his coffee at work because co-workers come by & drink it!

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  3. does this work with low fat coconut milk? the thai kitchen full fat cans have some guar gum in the ingredients, which i can’t have… the only coconut milk that i have found with no preservatives, additives, or stabilizers is trader joe’s low fat coconut milk. i have some in the fridge now, will see if whipping does anything.

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    1. Hi Megpie, Low-fat only means that it’s watered down coconut milk, minus in TJ’s case the guear gum. So it should work for you, but it will only yield a small amount versus 1/2 the can. Please let me know how it turns out – we’re curious. Thank you for commenting. Jo

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      1. I tried it with low fat and it was in the fridge for 3 days and did not thicken or separate.

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      2. I only had 17% fat coconut milk and it worked for me. I just added a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar, the vanilla, and whipped it with the whisk attachment in a cold metal bowl. It took longer than I thought it would but it worked great😀

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      3. The best coconut milk brand I always use for baking and cooking is “Chaokoh” It is a product of Thailand which you can only purchase from the Asian Market.

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    2. The fat in coconut milk is from medium chain fatty acids. They are the good ones. Don’t worry its not like yucky, unhealthy hydrogenated oils.

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      1. I was wondering if this whipped coconut delight has any cholesterol. I really love it , it’s a total treat whipping the cream and drinking the coconut water!!!!!!

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    1. Karl – I was reading your blog just this morning and noticed the link back to our site and meant to send you a note of thanks. So, thank you very much for the link love and I look forward to reading your blog and sharing more recipes. I’m planning on trying your salmon salad this week. It looks great!

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  4. Yipeee!!!! I make whipped cream all the time to top cakes and hated that all I could find was ultra pasteurized. Now I can make something even my child with milk allergies can enjoy! I am putting a can in the fridge right now.

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  5. Just tried this for the first time last night and it was out of this world! I used to make a ricotta cream canoli filling and this comes really close to matching the same richness and flavor, especially the cinnamon bite. I am sold! Great recipe! I can’t wait to share it with others!

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      1. You can make ‘canoli’ shells using 1/4 cup young coconut meat, and 1/4 cup coconut water – blend in a blender, then dehydrate until firm (not crunchy) – it takes about 6 – 12 hours at 105 – 120 degree setting. Just spoon the mix onto a ‘fruit leather’ sheet and form into circles about 1/8 inch thick. Really I guess these are simply coconut leather circles – but I think would work amazingly with this cream!

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  6. I made this using the same brand of coconut milk as pictured, and it came out great!
    I tried it on fresh raspberries, and it’s wonderful. It has the same texture as real whipped cream
    with a slightly coconutty taste, which didn’t bother me at all. I’m going to try this on my coffee, and also
    on a cream pie made with coconut milk.

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  7. I will be psoting this recipe, because i have a lot of friends who have kids. this is a good 4 u recipe!

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  8. You can buy canned unsweetened coconut cream at Asian groceries (Savoy is a good brand), and you can dispense with the separation. Thai Kitchen is, however, more widely available in retail groceries, and I buy it when I can’t go across town to our Asian grocery. The coconut cream there is also a little less expensive than Thai Kitchen’s coconut milk.

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  9. Do you think this would this work for cupcakes? And if so, would it “melt” in the sun? I’m trying to find a light cupcake icing and this sounds divine! But I don’t want it to melt in warm temperatures…what do you think?

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    1. Hi, I think that coconut whipped cream would melt in the sun. How long will they be exposed? We are thinking that coconut cream concentrate also known as coconut butter may work as well. Depending on the types of cupcakes that you are making, Ube might work as well. Check out our Ube recipe in the Dessert section. Jo

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    2. maybe take your can of cold coconut milk w/you and the other ingredients..vanilla/cinnamon with the cupcakes and just before you serve them whip up the cream?

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    1. Yes you can. We do this all the time. But in this case we mix in the water so that it isn’t as thick. Then it comes out just like the store bought stuff. Only better!

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  10. This has seriously rocked our world. With raspberries Holy crap the perfect way to squelch our Ice-cream habit. Thinking of doing a version with a little amaretto. Thanks!

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  11. Wow this looks too good to be really, I happened to have some dairy, gluten and processed sugar free people coming over this week so this may be a lifesaver! Want so serve it with some cake (work in progress) but think this also would be so good with meranges *ahh can’t spell! sorry*
    Yay!

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  12. I tried this but I used a store brand coconut milk, full fat and when I opened it after 24 hours in the fridge it was creamy…. it did not scoop out at all like yours did however it was still really good. It made a nice change for an afternoon cup of coffee. I will have to try it again with the suggested brand and see if i get the same results as you.

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  13. We’ve been making coconut icecream here for a while as my son and husband are both highly lactose intolerant. I have missed whipped cream! This will be awesome!

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    1. Meg,
      I am also lactose intolerant & can’t have gluten or wheat. Would love to know how you make your ice cream!

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    1. How long this lasts really depends on the quality of the coconut milk you use and the type of container you store it in. We typically use an Aroy-D 100% brand that has NO preservatives or additives of any kind. We also make sure it is in a sealed container and we can usually keep this for a few days (2-3). If you use a brand that has some preservatives you may be able to keep this for a week or longer… I hope this helps!

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  14. Thinks sounds really yummy and I was going to try this for my daughters first birthday cake, so you think it is thick enough to be on a cake? Maybe the top only?

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  15. I recently found this recipe on Pinterest and am absolutely in love. I tried buying a cheaper can of non-organic first and was shocked that it didn’t work. But it’s so worth the extra $1. Thank you!!!

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  16. I made this the other day with another brand of Coconut milk (Goya) and it did not work at all, the creamy part and the water didn’t separate, so it was very runny. I bought Thai Kitchen brand and tried it again, what a difference! it is so thick, I added about 3 Tbsp powdered sugar and maybe a tsp of vanilla and whipped it up. Yummy!

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  17. I have tried making this using the same EXACT can of coconut and both times it was in liquid form, not solid at all! I refrigerated the second attempt for two days and still not a solid. Any suggestions??

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    1. Jeannine- it’s possible that Thai Kitchen has added ingredients to make their milk more homogenized and hard/impossible to seperate. My suggestion is to try another brand, for example Aroy-D. We stopped using Thai Kitchen Organic because it contained additives that we did not want. let us know if you find another brand that works?

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      1. Use coconut mill to cook your rice with red kidney beans, thyme and scallions. Yum Yum!!

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  18. : I want to put this on cupcakes can I put it in frige to firm some and pipe it on a cupcake using an icing bag? If so would they be able to sit on a display table for an hour or so or would it melt? Thanks can’t wait to try and the weather is cool here

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  19. Just in time for the holidays! Always excited about new paleo options! Using my paleo pumpkin muffin recipe to make a cake/bars and this will be awesome on top!

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  20. Yum! Gonna try this as part of a yummy dessert for my son! (He has multiple food allergies.) I normally take 2 Enjoy Life brand cookies and put a little bit of So Delicious chocolate ice cream in the middle, but this sounds like it would be just as good, with less sugar!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. Divine! Life changing, I think. Best cup of coffee I’ve ever had I made with this today. Thanks so much for making by birthday breakfast amazing!🙂

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  22. My son is allergic to dairy, what a wonderful alternative and found it just in time for the holidays.

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  23. Thank you!!! My 11yr old can’t have dairy and whipped cream seams to be the only alternative I can’t find. I’ll try this tonight!

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  24. Wish I had read the reviews BEFORE trying this. I also used the brand pictured, and it did not fully separate. I whipped it anyway, and it is tasty, but a bit runny. I’m going to ttry again with a different brand. I actually thought my fridge might be the problem! lol

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  25. I bet this would make some awesome coconut ice cream! I was going to try and make some with coconut milk, but using the fattier stuff would likely make it more like normal ice cream texture. How sweet is it? I was thinking maybe sweeten with a bit of honey or does it need it?

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  26. This sounds so good! Will have to try it. A thought – it looks like you had to use a can opener to remove the lid, right? Why not turn the can over when you put it in the fridge. That way, when you turn it over to open, the liquid would be on top & easier to pour off. The rest would be just the cream. Thanks for sharing!!!
    xoxo
    Joy

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  27. Wonder if it would be good in my “ready whip” can- you know the canister you add heavy cream to then pop in one of those fancy bullet shaped cartridges- pull the trigger and you have whipped cream gun thingies? or in my frother?

    Thanks for the idea and happy eating

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    1. This looks amazing!! My 9 year old dahetugr can’t eat dairy (diagnosed just 3 months ago). We have her grandma’s b-day party on Sunday, and I wanted to put this over ice cream. Does it have the consistency of a caramel sauce used in a sundae?By the way, we live in Michigan, too! We’re in Berkley, and are big fans of Maple Creek Farm.Happy New Year!Robin

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    1. Hi Tatiana, a previous reader had posted in this forum that she used it as frosting for cupcakes, but it does melt, so you’d have to keep it out of the sun. We have also used it for frosting and it is delish.

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  28. my friend gave me the link to this and i am so excited about it! I’m very dairy intolerent and really miss the cream thing so i have a can in the fridge right now. Cant wait to put it into some home made gluten free brandy snaps. Thanks

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  29. Found this on Pinterest – you’re surprised aren’t you?🙂 My husband is lactose intolerant and I’m still getting used to cooking dairy free for him. I wanted to make sure he had something to eat at family gatherings for Christmas so I made tiramisu brownies (http://www.grouprecipes.com/29658/tiramisu-brownies.html) and substituted this cream and soy milk. It was a huge hit with everyone. I did have some problems with milk separating. Out of eight cans, only two worked. But I didn’t use organic (couldn’t find it). I just read someone’s suggestion about the coconut cream so I think I’ll try that next.

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    1. Oh that is so cool Amy, thank you for commenting. The cream matters a whole lot, and we have had wonderful peeps post back on their success and misses on this one. Thank you for sharing your tiramisu brownies, we’ll have to give them a try. Happy New Year! jo

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  30. Thanks for sharing this! My youngest can’t have dairy or soy, but is ok with coconut milk. I’m so glad there’s an alternative for him for whipped cream!!!!

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  31. this is a great idea. I am tring to eat healthier.. and I love whipped cream in chocolate
    have been trying to find better ways to eat. will definitly try this out

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  32. Howdy! This is a FAB idea!!!🙂

    I wanted to make it to top a Satsuma Mandarin GF Yellow cake…

    I put the can into the fridge overnight (used same organic brand that you have photographed🙂
    When I opened the can, It was still just a white liquid through out. Weird! *shrug*

    Do you think they are any trouble-shooting issues I should consider!?🙂

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  33. LOVE IT! We use a ton of Coconut milk products in our house because my daughter has a metabolic disorder. this is one more treat I can give to her without having to worry about the extra protein from regular whipped cream. Thank you sooooo much for sharing this.

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  34. I refrigerated then used the Thai organic and added cinnamon and vanilla, whipped came out fantastic. Will this keep in the fridge and be thick tomorrow as well or will I need to rewhip? I’m sending it in for my son’s “snow” for his groundhog day snack and want to make sure when his teacher open it up it’s still thick.

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  35. Did you use a wisk to whip it or an electric mixer. I’d like to do this in my vitamix, do you think that would work?

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  36. Okay, maybe a stupid question: I’ve had this bookmarked for a long time but have always wondered about something. How come you can’t use the coconut water to drink or in a shake? What are you supposed to do with it then?

    I was just re-reading this again today (for probably the 100th time, I like to look at things and dream about eating them, and then never do it, lol) and it finally occured to me that it might be a grammatical error? Is it supposed to say, “don’t throw it away; use it….” ?? Or is it supposed to be a list of things you aren’t supposed to do with the coconut water, like it’s written? That’s how i have been reading it this whole time and it never made sense to me, but I have never used any coconut products so I just figured the water would make you sick or something. ??? Could you clarify?

    I’m sorry if that’s SUPER stupid. (blush)

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    1. Hi there and thanks for bookmarking our site.🙂 Don’t discard (throw away) the water, you can drink it or put it in your shakes. There are not stupid questions ever. I am so happy to have you visit and comment. Give it a try and tell me how it comes out. Jo of Nutty Kitchen.

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  37. Piece of heaven: Banana crepes (easy: 2 eggs + 1 banana) topped with cinnamon vanilla coconut whipped cream and chopped strawberries. Yum!

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  38. I tried it this morning. I refrigerated the coconut milk overnight. I tried to get all the thick part out, leaving only the water. Unfortunately, a good bit of it was still milky. It was hard to get all the solids out without some of the liquids. I still mixed it with the cinnamon and vanilla. It still tasted good, but it didn’t get as thick as I would like, to get that “whipped” texture. It was more of a thick cream, or melted whipped cream more than anything for me. I am storing the rest of the “milk” to see if any more hardens, or becomes more solid. It just didn’t separate very well for me. It was still delicious.

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    1. Jennifer – Sorry to hear that your coconut cream did not whip up the way it should. We’ve run into similar issues depending on the type of product we use. The best results are had with Coconut Milk that has NO additives and is 100% coconut. Unfortunately, the ingredients that are added to some Coconut Milk will cause the milk to stay homogenized or partially so. The brand we use most and recommend is Aroy-D 100% Coconut, you can find it online if you don’t find it locally.

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      1. Thanks for the tip. I did put what I made in a storage container and put in the fridge. After a while it actually solidified. It is like a really thick whipped cream.

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  39. Thank u for the great idea! I am going to have to try this. I have a dairy and soy allergy , and can not find a coffee whitener without dairy and soy.

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  40. Doesn’t work with Vitarroz brand coconut milk. I’ve had it in the fridge for ten hours, and it’s cold but very liquid. Ingredients list are coconut extract, water, potassium metabisulfate as a preservative. I’ll get my hands on the Thai Kitchen brand later and have another go at it. A friend tried it and said it was awesome.

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  41. Geisha isn’t a working option either. I’ll definitely pay the extra dollar for the featured brand!🙂

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  42. Only use full ft coconut milk. If it’s in the can, make sure the can is BPA free. Thai Kitchen, as pictured is organic but it doesn’t come in a BPA free can but Native Forest brand does. If you don’t know, call the company and ask. So Delicious coconut milk has so many other additives in it that aren’t good for us. I’d avoid it. I buy my coconut milk from http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com. It comes in asceptic paper containers and is delicious.

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  43. Thank you soo much for this idea!
    As I am allergic to dairy and soy. I bought can yesturday, left in the fridge overnight. Whipped it up. And it’s perfect!!

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  44. Tried and loved it! I thought that the coconut flavor would be stronger but it wasn’t. I liked that it didn’t over power but complimented what I was eating it with. Great job! By the way I am new to your blog and am really liking it!

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  45. I had the same thing happen to me…I’ve been trying to go Vegan but had not found a replacement to dairy for my coffee, read an article about coconut oil and thought coconut would be a nice touch in the coffee and maybe replace the dairy, opened the can (same type pictured here) to find it had separated, dumped the whole can (including the water) into a bowl and used my hand blender to remix…it turned out fluffy and creamy and is a perfect addition to my morning coffee. Never thought of adding cinnamon, will do that with the next can.🙂

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  46. This is so awesome! Giving up dairy has been a nightmare, I love it! Been buying coconut milk for a year now and had no idea! Thank you! Can’t wait to have strawberry shortcake!!!!

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  47. Adding Cream of Tartar to a runnier mix will help “thicken” it, but Cream of Tartar is not gluten free. Guar-Guar is gluten free (I think) and I’ve tried the Rooster Brand with some success — it’s a bit runnier than this, but I don’t think it was in the fridge long enough — I’ll be leaving the can in the fridge overnight to see if it works better! (I really want to make a nice chocolate mousse for my 3 y/o and I — we are both Dairy and sometimes Gluten-free).

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    1. Cream of tartar is most certainly gluten free. It’s an acid in powder form produced as a by-product of wine making. Wine is also gluten-free. Also, baking soda + cream of tartar = baking powder.

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  48. I tried this recipe this morning but it came out watery. I left the can in the fridge for days and when I opened it it was still watery. I whipped it up and it was thin. Guess I did something wrong. But it sure was good drizzled over my waffles this morning! I’m not a coffee drinker but it was good with food!

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  49. Just tried it using Thai Kitchen brand, worked perfectly….wow!! I needed this in my life. Working on a mango pie and this might be the perfect touch. Thanks!

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  50. Wish i would have never tried this. Im officially hooked and wanting this all the time🙂 fabulous non dairy whipped cream. I missed whipped cream so much until now. I even used the cream as a butter on top of my g free pancake and i even put it in the freezer. Im going to try this as a frosting too. I put a tiny bit of honey in there. Wow. I have it out of my system now (thankfully) and will file this recipe away now. I do this. I go a little nutty at first.

    Thanks again.

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  51. I tried this and mine didn’t thicken. I left it over night. Had this happened to you? I purchased the same one pictured. Not sure what could have gone wrong. Any suggestions?

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  52. How long after does it last? An is it like coconut oil, I had the oil an as Winnie the pooh would say there was a rumblly in my tummy lol

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  53. I’ve had this pinned for some time and finally got around to purchasing some cocnut milk to try it with. I bought another brand (at Walmart) as it was half the price and didn’t have guar gum in it. Upon opening it to put into the fridge (thinking if it thickened I could skip scraping of the lid by removing it) it was already thickened. Whipped with some vanilla and a dash of stevia powder.

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  54. this worked beautifully with the Thai Kitchen brand organic coconut milk. i added nothing, and it whipped up beautifully into a wonderful, thick and refreshing garnish to my gluten-free vegan lemon cupcakes with fresh strawberries. taste of summer!

    i couldn’t find Thai Kitchen the next time i went shopping so i bought another organic brand that had guar gum in the ingredients (does Thai Kitchen?) and it was completely different. when i opened the can, the liquid was on top, and while TK gave me about 1/2 can of thick stuff, this other brand was almost 3/4 of a can under the liquid. i tried whipping it, and it did NOT thicken up. i left it sitting a few minutes and it got runnier. (i confess i added a bit of the liquid back in, because i thought it seemed thicker than TK, but i’m sure it didn’t make that much difference.) SO… be warned! you have to get the right kind of coconut milk for this to work!

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  55. I absolutely LOVED this! I added vanilla, cinnamon, agave, and cocoa powder and it was just like chocolate mousse. I’ll be making this again! YUM!

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  56. You could just buy a can of coconut cream and not waste the unused coconut milk; get more whipped cream for your money!

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  57. By the way, I’ve been using Thai Kitchen for awhile and that has always worked. But recently I switched to Badia which has actually had more cream in it and it’s $1 cheaper.

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  58. Maybe this is a dumbish question, but I have a jar of Organic coconut oil from Spectrum Naturals, and I am wondering if this is the same stuff that I would be scooping out of my chilled can of coconut milk? Will using this stuff work, too?

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  59. I tried it tonight and if you have the Magic Bullet do it in that, it came out cream like not as stiff as whipped cream but just fine and good!

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  60. Thanks so much! I will be making this for my son… and maybe using in some homemade ice cream. I have a 5 year old with EE disease who is allergic to dairy and soy and buying ready made alternatives is way pricey! He will absolutely LOVE this whipped cream! Heading to the store for this today.

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  61. What a great idea!!!!

    Another trick that my wife and I found was to leave the tin of coconut cream upside down in the fridge for a couple of days.

    Then take it out, turn it over, pop the top and simply pour out the water and then spoon out the cream which will now be at the bottom.

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  62. Sent my husband to the store to get the coconut milk and forgot to specify organic. He came home with two brands: A Taste of Thai and Geisha something or other. The can by A Taste of Thai said “no preservatives” on it and worked perfectly, but the Geisha brand didn’t work at all. It stayed creamy and didn’t separate. Just a suggestion for anyone wanting to try it! It is DEFINITELY yummy!

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  63. Tried it with a different brand and it did not work😦 But made an amazing recipe from it instead. I poured it over my morning oatmeal, add bananas and pecans and it was a yummy tropical breakfast.

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  64. The reason it separates and is that thick is the guar gum. Fresh coconut milk from the coconut is think and sort of separates but it’s the gum that does the trick here. Maybe those who mentioned not being able to have it could use full-fat c. milk sans guar gum and add some xanthan?

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  65. I was thinking of using this as a frosting for my one year olds birthday cake. Is it thick enough to pipe with an icing bag and tip? Does the change in temperature make it liquify?
    Thanks!

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    1. Yes the warmer it gets Nichole the more it liquifies. So far some folks on this string have used it as icing – you may want to check to see what worked best for them. Good luck! JO

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  66. I found LouAna coconut oil at the store, is that the same thing that separates in the can of milk? If so, it could be a cheaper alternative to buying a bunch of cans.

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  67. All I can say is thank you, thank you for sharing. We just found out my three year old is allergic to dairy and gluten so we have been trying to find alternatives to food she already loves. And she’s going to be extremely excited about this!!

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  68. I have some Trader Joe’s organic coconut oil that seems to be thick, more like a butter. Can that be used for this?

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    1. I tried it and it didn’t work for me with the Trader Joe’s. I don’t know if I did something wrong, I followed instructions, but it never whipped up. Just got curdled looking.

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      1. The more expensive coconut milk doesn’t work any better than the others. Thai Kitchen which I think is pricey, did not whip very well, was kind of creamy. I had better luck with less pricey brand I found at Shoprite. It’s a shame coconut cream cannot be whipped, I assumed it would be better for whipping.

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  69. I was fairly excited about this and thought it might be an alternative for my family until I did some research. Although coconut milk is considered by some (those who want people to believe in the health benefits of it) to be made up of mostly medium chain fatty acids (I believe I even saw that mentioned in this post), in reality, it contains a lot of saturated fat. Although it’s a good alternative for those needing to avoid dairy or soy, it’s not a good alternative for those needing to watch their cholesterol and fat intake. Coconut milk has some added benefits (more vitamin D and calcium than cows milk depending on the brand), but if using the full fat version, you need to use it sparingly, just as with any other high fat food. Moderation is always the key.

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  70. I just made this today except I added some Powdered Sugar and some Doterra Wild Orange Essential Oil and put it on dairy/soy/egg free chocolate cupcakes. So good🙂

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  71. Hi just seen this and looks totally yummy but was wondering once made into cream how long does it last please x

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  72. I tried it this weekend and my coconut milk never became solid. It had been in the fridge for a week due to bad timing. How anyone had this happen before? I would love to make this but problem with milk.

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    1. I have bought more coconut milk, this time it’s Goya. I hope I wont have any surprises. BTW I don’t worry how long it will last, with me this whipped wonder does not last very long :o)

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      1. I don’t think it will last long for me either. I’ll try to find some of the Goya, but just one to make sure it works for ME!

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  73. i used to always buy the Thai brand because it would separate.. however, now they have added Guar Gum and it will not separate… i have tried every kind they have now.. Do you know of a brand that is still just Coconut not added stuff..??? I miss the Coconut Cream!!!!! :o)

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  74. I have tried Goya coconut milk and it didn’t work well. So I will go back to using La Cena , it works great ( it’s a product of Thailand ) The other ( Goya ) can be used for cooking, but not whipping. :o)

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  75. I tried to make this last night using Whole Foods 365 brand. The kids and I mixed it for 10 minutes and while it got thicker it never completely whipped.

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    1. I wonder if it worked for me because of the powdered sugar? I still chilled the coconut milk and I whipped it in a mixing bowl that had been in the freezer.

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  76. I used pure coconut milk for this as well and it did not turn out. i used it cold and in a cold bowl, and it was soupy. I made it to go over key lime bars. It didn’t solidify, so I just poured the milk over the bars. It was tasty but liquid.🙂

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  77. Ok, I followed the instructions exactly and I went from having cold hard coconut “butter” to a curdled looking mess that did not even come close to whipping and started to look watery around the curdles. Where did I go wrong?

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  78. Looks great! Can you use an electric beater to quicken the process such as a magic bullet? Or must it be hand whipped? Also, how long will it last for in the fridge?

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  79. Just a thought… And please wait to boo me off the page until I mention this. I don’t know how the healthfood nuts feel about cream of tarter but it works great in regular homemade cream, wouldn’t it do the same thing here to keep it stiff a little longer? just wondered if anyone had tried that…

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  81. I was wondering how you stored this. I am interested in making for my low fat cappuccinos. But wondering how I should store the stuff that’s left over.

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  82. Since I started making this whipped cream, I’ve had bad luck with choosing the right brand of coconut milk.I have tried so many brands. Not sure which is the best at this point. Frustrating !!!

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  83. Thanks for posting – love this coconut milk whipped “cream” – it’s perfect with bananas and a little chocolate and makes for a delicious strawberry shortcake! Gave up on pasterized and homogenized milk years ago – then a local farm started selling it’s raw cow and goat milk – they now sell cheeses, creams, half ‘n half, eggs, – all organic and we now have NO allegeries or problems with dairy!

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  84. Hi.
    We are about to go winter camping & this will be amazing in “Eton Mess”, which is supposed to be strawberries, meringues & whipped cream. So any fruit, meringue crushed, chocolate chip & rather than real cream, your coconut cream! Can’t wait to try it, it’s my daughters signature dish (she’s 9!)
    Thanks🙂

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  86. I bought coconut milk before I read the full recipe, and I bought the lite stuff. In case anyone is wondering, beating lite coconut milk, even after it has been in the fridge, just results in coconut milk with lots of bubbles.

    I can’t wait to buy the right stuff and try again!

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  87. I have a can in the fridge now. I’ve been Paleo (30 day challenge to start) and I hate tea and black coffee! Looking forward to trying this! I’ll let you know!

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    1. Hi -but if you substitute almond or other milk, please ensure that you read the label carefully, so not to buy stuff with tons of preservatives, and chemical additives. There are some great natural almond milk choices out there, or you could make your own. For the record we do not advocate Veganism. NK

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  88. I refrigerated my full-fat organic coconut milk over night, but it did not thicken up and the milk and water did not separate. Therefore, I whipped everything that was in the can. It did thicken, but not to the consistency in the picture. Also, I added a packet of power Stevia to sweeten it up a bit. I will work on the thickness again. Thanks so much for the idea!

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  89. I love coconut whip! It’s so much healthier than anything else! In fact, I used it for my 1 yr old’s birthday cake because I didn’t want him eating the typical frosting loaded with yucky stuff. I made it so it would not melt🙂

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  90. After leaving the can in the fridge overnight, flip the can over, open it and POUR OUT the liquid. Wallah, you have the thick, delicious cream left in the can to be scooped out. And, yes, do NOT shake the can before putting in the fridge, if you think it has been shaken, leave it a coupla days. It is good. 🙂

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  91. I’m just wondering if there was a green coloring put in it, or is that just the way the picture turned out. It looks green to me…maybe another nice feature that could be done.

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  92. I’m so excited to find this recipe! Can’t wait to try it! I’m wondering if you have tried it as a replacement for the canned milk in pumpkin pie? Hubby loves pie season, and I would love to find an alternative to canned milk!

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  93. I can’t wait to make this for Thanksgiving, I think it will be delicious on top of Pumpkin Pie! Anyone know if I can make it ahead of time? Will it “deflate” if I do? Thanks!

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  95. Thanks so much for the idea! I had some success with it in the mixer, but recently received a whipped cream dispenser, which helps create a bit more thickness. Thank you!

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      1. So then if you transfer it to another container, will it still do the same thing? I’m thinking it will, but just double checking.

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  98. Has anyone tried using this on cupcakes? I have a friend who needs birthday cupcakes that are gluten, dairy, and egg free. Do you think this would work to pipe on to them at all?

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    1. Yes, some of our readers have used it for topping, but as true cream, it does not hold like frosting, so if you serve them immediately and not in the heat outside, you should be fine. Not sure about piping, most have spooned it on. Hope that this helps. NK

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  99. Used this recipe at a church gathering with mini-cupcakes (no refined sugars)! and again with a raw grated apples and berries with granola crisp. What a big hit each time! Folks glopped as much on whatever they wanted. Old folks, young whipper snappers, everybody! !

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  100. I made this tonight (on GF strawberry shortcake) with the brand pictured and it was runny…. Good, but runny. I want to find a better can of milk to try it with. My 1yo cant do dairy and we all LOVE coconut so I was so happy to find (and repin) this! Thank you!!

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    1. Recently I  bought  some Cena brand coconut milk  that  was  all solid (  not  half  water  and  half  fat ) I  was  really  surprised cause  I  had  used  that  brand  before.So  I  don’t know  what it  is, maybe  this  was  freshly canned and  sent  to supermarkets,  who  knows..

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      1. The really good stuff is solid when u shake the can. The more noise means there is more coconut water than coconut solids.

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      2. Temperature makes all of the difference on the solidity of coconut milk. If it’s cold there will be almost no water. If it’s room temperature there will be about 1/2 water.

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  101. turn the can upside down just before opening. Also great for icing, melt a bag of choc chips and the thick coconut milk and whip away…its awesome

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  102. I put the bowl and beaters in the freezer before whipping — even with the water it whips up thick and creamy. When I make ice cream I use the whipped coconut milk. The ice cream is light and you get double for every can.

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  109. Reblogged this on Alaskan Foodie and commented:
    This recipe sounds really delicious! I cannot wait to try this with many of my recipes! I bet you could make a great chocolate mousse with this!🙂 Ooooh and I just thought of an idea…Coconut Ice Cream using this with blackberries! Oh yum! The ideas are endless! This would be great as an after dinner dessert here in Alaska! Or you could top your coffee or cocoa with some of the cream.

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  110. I used the same exact organic coconut milk. Mine did not harden after a few days in the fridge. What does this mean?

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    1. I bought some Thai milk lately that was as hard as a rock.I was amazed cause it never happened before.

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  111. I used the exact same can and refrigerated over night and there was a tiny bit of cream at the top and it wasn’t thick like your picture and this is my third time trying it! What gives?!

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  112. I made coconut whipped cream this morning and it was GREAT. I wish I had some vanilla would have made it better but it was AWESOME and my girls loved it. I was wondering it you can take the same cream and churn it into butter? I know you can do it with dairy (cow) cream but have not been able to find it on the internet. Everything is Coconut butter (whipped coconut flakes) Not the same thing in my opinion. I will be trying this in the next few days!

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  113. Just a thought about the coconut water that is left in the can…..it is great moisturizer for your hair!

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  114. I tried this for Thanksgiving with Paleo Pumpkin Pie, and it was delicious. Everyone was very impressed by it, and couldn’t even tell it was made with Coconut Milk!

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  115. I’ve tried this twice once with the thai brand and again with the goya brand, both full fat. Results a tbs of whip w the thai and nothing with the goya. Decided to make coconut ice cubes with the goya can. Fridge is set on 38. What is wrong? Help…im missing out on this wonderful cream. That one tbs was a teaser.😦

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  116. Hi,I’m from Australia so all these brands & half & half are all foreign to me,but we do have lierally dozens of brands of coconut cream.I’m lactose intollerant & can only use lactose free milk,cream,cheese & yoghurts.The cream can’t be whipped or used to make ice cream.I’m so looking foward to trying this,thankyou so much

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  117. I came across this post and instantly wanted to try it. So I bought the Thai Kitchen unsweetened coconut milk and the next day when I opened it, it had not separated. I left the can over night in the frig so I’m not to sure what I did wrong?

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  118. HI,
    Can you do this with Coconut Cream ?
    are coconut milk and coconut cream the same thing ?
    I’d really like to use this for the holiday desserts
    Thanks

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  119. This may have been answered already but I followed the directions & it never whipped. It looked like small curds. Any idea what I did wrong?

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  120. the extra thick from Trader Joes worked great for using Josh Axe’s recipe for coffee creamer — with melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. I used it straight off my cupboard shelf and it was super thick . I blended it with a hand frother right in the wide mouth jar I planned to store it in. I imagine without the coconut oil it would be like whipped topping. Yummmmy!

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  121. Looks good, how long does it hold the whipped appearance? Does this separate out?
    Does it last for a a day or a week or somewhere in between?
    I would love to try it!
    momzom1

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  122. I am trying this many times l don’t get the results like l see in this post. Its frustrated l am following. Step by step. Please. Suggests.

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  123. I am sad to say this did not work for me at all. I had a can of the Thai kitchen brand on hand. I scooped the cream off the top and added a tiny bit of vanilla, cinnamon and half a teaspoon of coconut sugar for just a little sweetness. I don’t know if the sugar is what caused the problem since it is rather course but no matter how much mixing I did it never became creamy. It was like curtled milk and after a while any last bit of moisture started separating from the cream. I’m afraid to try again since I wasted a can.

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  124. will this whipped coconut cream, work as a substitute for the two cups of whipped heavy whipping cream called for in the no machine icecream recipe where you mix flavorings or add ins into a can of condensed milk, then fold that into the whipped cream & freeze?

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  125. On many cans or cartons of coconut milk, the % of coconut is often listed. Not sure about the States, but in Canada at Walmart they were carrying Savoy Coconut Cream in a can. As well, our Superstore grocery store carries a black 1 L carton of coconut milk…’Real Thai’ – 85% coconut (& water; only these two ingredients so clean). Superstore also carries an aerosol can of coconut whip cream, a great gluten and dairy free option that is so yummy.

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  126. Use a different form of coconut for this candy alternative recipe:
    I buy at Winn Dixie, the Grace brand coconut cream (this has fine bits of coconut and smooth and creamy coconut cream sealed in a bag in a red box) or I use any virgin coconut oil. Add some Stevia or agave to sweeten to taste. I spread it in a thin 4 X 8″ pan lined with wax paper or saran. I add dried cranberries and dried blueberries and nuts or tiny chocolate chips. Push them under the coconut cream or oil. Pop it in the freezer. When it is solid break or cut in squares. Store in a zip bag and keep in the freezer. It melts in your hand so store in the refrigerator or freezer. This is a yummy healthier Candy alternative. Dawn

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  127. I left 2 cans of coconut milk (14 grams of fat each) in the fridge overnight, but they did not separate. I researched why the separation didn’t happen and found that coconut milk with emulsifiers or preservatives will not separate. So I’m wondering how you got yours to separate, since it looks like you’re using Thai Kitchen brand, which has guar gum as a stabilizer? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks🙂

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  128. Can the whipped cream be saved after it pulled from the can,whipped and the vanilla is added? I can’t use all of it (it’s only me eating or should I say loving it) and would like to use it for the next days coffee? Great find by the way!

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