Coconut Whipped Cream
I am not a sucker for sweets, but for some reason, every time I see whipped cream my mouth waters and I cannot control myself. Whether it is on top of a pumpkin pie, a key lime pie, sitting alone at a Sunday bar, or on top of a hot chocolate, whipped cream is my kryptonite. In the effort of full disclosure, when I was young, I used to go to the grocery store with my family and hide the heavy whipping cream canisters in the bottom of the shopping cart so that once we got in the car I could be shooting whipped cream into my mouth with no regard for human life.
The truth is, my love for whipped cream has not waned. However, I am fully aware of what dairy does to my digestive system, my skin, and my overall health. So I did a little research and found a great alternative to whipped cream.
The answer: coconut whipped cream.
As you know by now, coconuts are a super food. They have a myriad of health benefits and they also taste great too! So I created a recipe that, if you are a dairy and a sweets lover, this will supplement your cravings and will help you get back on the track towards optimum health.
What you will need
- A whisk, an electric whisk works best.
- 1 can of coconut milk (not light) or two cans of coconut cream.
- Optional - One tablespoon of honey (You could also use vanilla extract or maple syrup).
- Put bowl in freezer for 30 minutes before making whipped cream.
- Open can of coconut milk and separate out the liquid and only use the coconut cream (the thick substance in the can).
- Use sweetener of your choice (vanilla, honey or maple syrup)
- Whisk the cream until there are wispy clouds in the mix.
- Once finished, put in fridge until you are ready to enjoy!
Why is this good for you?
Coconuts are one of the best things you can eat. They are high in healthy fats and they protect you against heart disease by increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering the ratio of bad and good cholesterol. Coconuts are great for digestion since they are exceptionally easy to absorb and they also help diabetics by slowing the sugar release into the blood stream.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats. One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totaling about 120 calories per day.
Coconuts are a powerful superfood, and the more coconut or coconut oil you use in your diet, the better off you will be.
This is one of my favorite recipes, and it helps that when I am eating a "sweet", it actually is doing wonders for my OVERALL health!