Whipped Coconut Milk: A Delectable Dairy-Free Dessert

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coconut milkI don’t talk much about my families dietary restrictions because they are just part of who we are. I am completely untouched by these restrictions but my husband has passed on his lactose intolerance to our 4 children.

What does that mean? Five out of six people in this house can’t digest dairy. No milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream. Except we like LOVE dairy so there is always 2 huge bricks of chedder, 1.5 kg of cream cheese and at least 8 l of milk. Luckily a few brands have started to come out with lactose-free options (thank you Natrel & Presidents Choice) so my family’s tummies can not be in pain.

This doesn’t mean that I am not always looking for an alternative to the things we love, and whipped cream is a biggie. When I was doing a campaign for Thai Kitchen earlier this year I saw that people were whipping up coconut milk and using it as a dairy-free substitute for whipped cream. Now six months later I finally had a reason to try it and it was MARVELOUS!!!!coconut milk

I had to do this twice to get it to work for one reason: I bought full-fat coconut milk that was not coconut milk…it was fraudulent coconut milk. Made from coconut extract and other stuff I cant pronounce. When purchasing coconut milk for whipping 2 things need to happen.

  1. The coconut milk has to be FULL FAT as you are going to be cooling it off in the fridge and the fatty cream will separate from the liquid and sit at the top of the can.
  2. The coconut milk has to be real. I used a can of West Indian coconut milk and it wouldn’t separate even after cooling all night. I then used this Longo’s brand which has a clear warning that it separates, ALLELUIA!! I saw other bloggers say that it has to be organic to work, they were lying.

That being said I think it is important to mention that this does taste like coconut so be warned. I absolutely love coconut so I am not complaining but I think it is important to mention. I used the Becel #AnythingGoesCookieDough to make these little chocolate cups and piped the cream right into them. Topped with fresh fruit they were both delicious and easy. I kept mine in the fridge until guests arrived and then even after 8 hours they still kept up their form. Make sure you PIN and Save this recipe for later, you will thank yourself.

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Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Lee-Ann
    August 12, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Yumm! Love coconut milk – but never thought of whipping it!! Definitely going to have to try this! Cheers!

  2. nicolthepickle
    August 13, 2015 / 10:17 am

    I’ve heard of this but hadn’t tried it. I should. Does it matter what brand you use, besides the full at thing?

  3. nicolthepickle
    August 13, 2015 / 10:18 am


  4. August 13, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Nicol it has to be “real”. It will most likely say something along the line of “coconut milk separates when left sitting” on the label

  5. Bonnie
    August 14, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Yum, this looks delicious! I’d love to try to out when I’ve got the time.

  6. Angela Massis
    August 15, 2015 / 10:54 am

    My husband loves coconut milk. I think I will try it whipped next time instead of whipping cream for a change, it sounds delicious.

  7. Debbie Bashford
    August 18, 2015 / 8:23 am

    I will have to see if I can find the correct coconut milk here and try this if i do.

  8. Neal
    August 18, 2015 / 11:56 am

    These look really good, thanks for the recipe!

  9. Cheryl
    August 19, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    This sounds delish!! Must try 🙂

  10. William Deaffie
    August 19, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    Never thought to try something like this. Will have to now. Looks yummy.

  11. Amy Lovell
    August 26, 2015 / 10:17 am

    YUM! This sounds greeat! Just recently ive started using coconut milk because it is so good for you!

  12. August 26, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    wow, looks yummy! so glad we have no allergies in my house though.

  13. DianeG
    August 29, 2015 / 6:30 am

    i love the taste of all things coconut and I think this would be delicious on mango squares.

  14. Krista M
    August 30, 2015 / 10:37 am

    This is a fantastic idea. I’m a huge coconut fan & this whipped milk would be wonderful in so many desserts!

  15. Caroline
    September 2, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    I love anything coconut so this is a great treat!

  16. Louanne Baelde
    September 6, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    This is fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

  17. mrdisco
    October 4, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    That looks incredibly delicious

  18. Tammi L.
    November 2, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    Oh my…. Love coconut and chocolate… and am lactose intolerant. Lactaid does not work for me. Have you tried this with any kind of chocolate to make a mousse?

  19. November 2, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    No I have not. It would have to be cold though…maybe a chocolate powder?

  20. Tammi L.
    November 2, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Thank you! I think I’ll try it and divide it up, maybe some with the powder and some with chocolate syrup. I’m really excited about this, thank you for the post!

  21. Julie
    November 10, 2015 / 9:48 am

    I am going to try this out! It looks so good! Wish me luck!

  22. kathy downey
    November 10, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    Never thought of whipping it before but will give it a try for sure

  23. Mike
    November 15, 2015 / 10:46 am

    This is a great idea!

  24. Elaine Buonsante
    November 15, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the recipe…my son will be especially glad 🙂

  25. November 18, 2015 / 1:17 am

    Yummy! What a fabulous idea.Thank you for sharing this with us.It’s so appreciated.

  26. Nicole L
    November 22, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    I love coconut milk. This is a great idea!

  27. nicolthepickle
    November 23, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Imagine this on a coconut cream pie. Yummy!

  28. salexis
    November 28, 2015 / 1:04 am

    I never even heard of whipping coconut milk… I can only imagine how delicious that must be! Thanks 🙂

  29. Victoria Ess
    December 4, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Great idea! I can’t wait to try this!!

  30. JaimeeM
    December 4, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    this is something id definitely be interested in making. thanks!

  31. Jennifer Ann Wilson
    January 19, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I never knew you could whip coconut milk.. Guess what I will be doing later today?

  32. January 19, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    It is so good and I happily let the kids lick the beaters!

  33. Lynda Cook
    January 27, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I bet this is to die for, I have coconut milk I’m going to have to give this a whirl

  34. Treen Goodwin
    April 1, 2016 / 11:47 am

    wow this sounds super scrumptious , i will def be giving this a try , thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  35. loriag
    August 14, 2016 / 9:41 am

    I am just discovering coconut milk and this looks like an great way to enjoy it..

  36. kathy downey
    August 28, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    This is totally delicious i am so happy i tried it definitely going to have to try this again real soon!

  37. Debbie White Beattie
    October 11, 2017 / 5:09 am

    I’ve never seen this before and I never thought about doing this but it’s such a great alternative to all the chemicals and sugar that’s usually in whipped cream