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Coconut whipped cream is the most amazing alternative that I’ve found recently. I LOVE whipped cream and after cutting out dairy I was missing something creamy for dessert. It’s so great and flavorful as-is so I didn’t add sugar. Even my boyfriend Dan loved it and asks for it all the time (caution – just because it’s dairy free it still has fat, so be sure to consume in moderation.)

Ingredients:

1 can of FULL FAT coconut milk (not the lite, watered down kind) or 1 can of Trader Joes Coconut Cream.

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Directions:

Let the can of coconut milk sit in the fridge for 4+ hours to make sure the cream is fully separated from the liquid water. If you’re using Trader Joes, I would also recommend to put it in the fridge so you start out with a creamier base. (I also like Trader Joes brand because their cans are BPA free). When you take out the can of coconut milk, turn it upside down so the water is exposed and the cream is on the bottom. Pour out the water – you can use that for a smoothie or other baked good. Scrape out all the cream into a bowl and add vanilla and cinnamon. If you want it sweeter, you can add coconut sugar. Mix for about 3-5 minutes until the peaks are soft.

Serve with apples garnished with cinnamon!

Some additional food for thought – Coconut Milk has tons of health benefits:

  • Calm Nerve Cells. Coconut milk is high in magnesium that helps to keep your blood pressure at a normal level. The combination of calcium and magnesium in coconut milk also keeps muscle and nerves from becoming overstimulated.
  • Strengthen Bones. Coconut milk does not contain as much calcium as dairy milk but it does contain high amounts of phosphorus that can help to strengthen bones.
  • Fight Virus and Infection. The lauric acid in coconut milk will be converted to monolauin in your body. This compound contains antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  • Regulate Blood Sugar. The manganese in coconut milk helps you metabolize glucose in the body to help the metabolism working at the optimum level. Manganese can also help to prevent osteoporosis, PMS, inflammation and vitamin absorption.
  • Lower Cholesterol. Even though coconut milk is high in saturated fat, but this type of fat raises the HDL or good cholesterol while dairy based products raise the LDL or bad cholesterol. The fat in coconut milk is easy for your body to metabolize which will lower your cholesterol levels overall.
  • Relieves Arthritis. The selenium in coconut milk acts as an antioxidant that will help to reduce free radicals that can cause joint inflammation.

 

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