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Is there vegan whipped cream for dolloping desserts? You be there is, and it’s darn good too. Here’s how to make vegan whipped cream.

Vegan whipped cream

Looking for a light and fluffy topping for all your vegan desserts? You’ve come to the right place! This vegan whipped cream is pillowy, creamy goodness: and it takes 3 ingredients and no time at all to whip up. While Alex and I don’t eat a fully plant based diet, we eat about 90% vegetarian and vegan recipes. And when it comes to desserts, we wanted something to top our vegan dessert recipes! We’ve been making this vegan coconut whipped cream for years and realized that you might want to make it, too! Here’s our recipe: and bonus: it’s naturally sweet with no refined sugar!

Vegan coconut whipped cream

How to make vegan whipped cream

What’s vegan whipped cream made out of? It’s not surprise that it is…drumrollcoconut milk! Coconut features prominently in vegan dessert recipes, from coconut oil to coconut milk. We use coconut milk as the basis for all our vegan ice cream recipes (I’ll link to all of them below). And we use coconut oil as a substitute for butter in our vegan dessert recipes like this strawberry crisp or this bananas foster. So it’s no surprise that coconut is the magic behind vegan coconut whipped cream.

How to make vegan whipped cream

  1. Place a 15-ounce can of regular coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. This lets the coconut cream to separate from the liquid.
  2. Open the can and use a spoon to remove the hardened coconut cream from the top. Place it in the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a bowl and an electric hand mixer).
  3. Add maple or agave syrup and vanilla extract. Then beat on high until fluffy and whipped.

That’s it! It could not be simpler to whip up this vegan whipped cream: all it requires is a little forethought to make sure you’ve got a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator! (We store a couple of coconut milk cans in the refrigerator so we don’t have to think about it.)

What does vegan whipped cream taste like? We will admit, it does have a coconut-y vibe (so if you’re not a coconut person, steer clear!). But we think the coconut adds just the right complexity in flavor! I barely notice the coconut , but maybe it’s because I’m used to it. Either way, we think you’ll love it. Let us know in the comments.

How to make vegan whipped cream

Desserts to serve with this vegan whipped cream

Ready to eat? Here are our favorite vegan desserts that go perfectly with a dollop from this recipe:

Dairy free ice cream
Coconut for the win! This Jamocha almond fudge vegan ice cream is also made with coconut milk

More vegan desserts

Coconut for the win! As I mentioned above, many of our vegan desserts on this website use coconut oil or coconut milk to stand in for the dairy that would be in traditional desserts! Here are a few of our very favorite tricks for vegan desserts using coconut:

Looking for a stand mixer?

Looking for a great stand mixer to make whipped cream, breads, and so forth? We use this Copper KitchenAid Stand Mixer, and we love it. It’s perfect for making this recipe and we use it all the time for pizza dough! And another perk: it looks beautiful in the kitchen!

Get it: Copper KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Dietary notes

This vegan whipped cream recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Vegan whipped cream

Vegan Whipped Cream

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x


Is there vegan whipped cream for dolloping desserts? You be there is, and it’s darn good too. Here’s how to make vegan whipped cream.


  • 15-ounce can full fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract*


  1. Refrigerate the coconut milk overnight (we just store a few cans in the refrigerator).
  2. When you’re ready to make it, open the coconut milk and remove the hardened coconut cream on top. It will be in the top half of the can; take care because the liquid will all have separated and be on the bottom half of the can.
  3. Place only the hardened coconut cream into the bowl of a stand mixer (or a bowl to use with an electric mixer); discard the coconut liquid or use it for another recipe. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  4. Attach the whisk attachment to your mixer and mix on high for 1 to 2 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl and mixing again as needed.


*Want to try it with a boozy twist? Head to our Infused Alcoholic Whipped Cream for how to infuse whipped cream with bourbon, rum or kahlua.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Whipped
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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