Although we’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving over here in Canada, I know a lot of you will be celebrating American Thanksgiving in a couple of days. This year I seem bent on providing you with allergy-free alternatives. It’s been 4 years since I’ve been able to be home for all of these holidays and since there are a lot of food sensitivities in my family, I like making sure everyone gets to enjoy all of the holiday classics. I already shared a recipe for gluten-free pie crust, to fill with pumpkin and apple to your heart’s content. But now, I’ve got a dairy-free whipped topping for you, so you don’t have to stop by the freezer isle for any more Cool Whip! ;)
I’ve seen this idea quite a few times in the past year and I thought it was absolutely brilliant. If you’re on Pinterest you’ve probably come across the idea a time or two yourself. Well, I’m here to confirm that it works! Chilling a can of coconut milk, scooping off the cream that has formed on top and whipping it until smooth, makes a beautifully silky whipped topping that is perfect for topping pumpkin pies, latte’s, crepes and pretty much anything you would normally want whipped cream on.
The only thing to keep in mind is that it is made from coconut milk, so it will taste like coconut (surprise!), and may not be the perfect accompaniment to every dish. But, I’m a fan of coconut so for me it goes with pretty much anything. You can also change the flavours a bit by stirring in different spices, citrus zest or flavourings, to go with whatever you’ll be serving it with.
Once made, it will stay good for quite a few days in the fridge, so you can make it ahead to serve for a holiday meal or party. It’s always great to have an option for something guests, who have a food intolerance, can also enjoy. And, this is a great, easy, homemade option to replace the dairy-free toppings you get from the store.
- 1 can chilled coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or sugar or honey)
- Scoop off the top layer of thick coconut cream, leaving the liquid behind. Add vanilla and syrup to the cream. Whip until loose and light, adding a bit of the liquid to loosen it up a bit more, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until serving. (If you add a bit of the liquid it may separate again after sitting in the fridge, just give it a quick whip again before serving.)