Everyone loves whipped cream, especially on top of hot chocolate or coffee and even pie. My favorite way to eat it is on top of fresh berries as a simple desert and my kids, well they just love to open their mouth and wait for it. What’s your favorite way to enjoy whipped cream?
What I don’t enjoy are all the nasty chemicals and sugar in the whipped creams on the shelf in the supermarket. I can’t tell you enough, even if the marketing on the product says it’s natural or organic etc. get in the habit of reading your labels. You would still be surprised.
You’d also be surprised at how easy it is to make your own…which is the recipe I will be sharing with you today. So, hold tight.
What Nasty Chemicals?
What’s in whipped cream you might ask that is so horrible?
Well, they add things to the cans that range depending on the brand of course. If you get the store brand, then the ingredients are worse. The store brand I looked at had sugar AND corn syrup as the second ingredients and then it went downhill after that.
The category of “natural and artificial flavor” can hide anything the company doesn’t want to disclose here in the U.S. From what I understand, “natural flavor” has an edible source (from animal or vegetables). “Artificial flavor” has an inedible source, which can be anything like petroleum to paper pulp that is processed to create the chemicals which flavor the foods we eat.
For example, there is a way to extract vanillin (compound for smell and flavor that is vanilla) from cow poop. But don’t take my word for it, read more about that HERE as reported in 2006 by Business Insider. But let me also add, just because it’s a natural flavor doesn’t mean it’s pure and clean. The PROCESS in which the flavors are extracted, is what makes it either natural or unnatural.
The other one I want to talk about here is carrageenan. This is a food additive that is derived from red seaweed via a special procedure. It is mainly used to thicken and as an emulsifier in processed foods. It has been known to cause inflammation to the digestive system with a laundry list of side effects.
Side effects like cancers and ulcers along with immune suppression and insulin resistance. So, as you can see, not any small side effect. My recommend, is to play it safe and avoid when possible but to also focus on eating real whole foods, not foods that are isolated compounds from foods.
Now That You Know…On To The Recipe!
If you can tolerate dairy, then this recipe will make a great quick whipped cream for you and your family. Like I said, you would be surprised at how quick it is to make and you will be able to pronounce every ingredient too!
You can also make this dairy free by using coconut cream instead. I have done it both ways and I am never disappointed. For my family, whipped cream is whipped cream.
To make this you will need a stand mixer or a hand mixer unless you want a work out, then you can also use a hand whisk. I suggest taking the easy way, and just use your mixer. To start, your bowl and beaters need to be cold along with the cream or coconut cream. (15 min. at least for best results on beaters and bowl, the coconut cream needs to be in the fridge for at least 24 hours)
No Fuss Whipped Cream
- 1 cup cold whipping cream or can of full fat coconut cream (make sure the whipping cream is pure – no additives)
- 2 Tbsp. honey, maple syrup, or sugar (whatever makes you happy)
- ½ tsp vanilla or any flavor you fancy
- Take the cold cream (or coconut cream) and add to the chilled bowl. If using the coconut cream only add the cream to bowl, not the liquid under it.
- Start the mixer on low speed as you add in the sweetener of choice and flavoring.
- Switch mixer to high speed and beat (1-2 minutes for coconut cream OR 2-3 mins until soft peaks are formed for whipping cream)
- Serve immediately or store in airtight container until ready. Coconut cream will harden in fridge, so you will have to fluff it back up prior to use.
*additional note. You can make this super special with other add ins like bourbon, or spices such as cinnamon. Make it your own!*
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With Nourishing Love,