Whipped cream is a surprisingly satisfying guilty pleasure, but it doesn’t have to come with the guilt. Unfortunately, most of the recipes and canned products contain enough added sugar to slow your keto progress.
Though these sugar-filled options make it seem like all whipped cream is unhealthy, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, by just whisking together three ingredients, you can make your own fluffy, airy, and flavorful whipped cream with a fraction of the carbs.
This recipe is so simple and delicious that I always can find the perfect excuse to make more. (Isn’t it funny how that works?)
Is Whipped Cream Keto?
With one quick look at store-bought whipped cream, you’ll find multiple sources of net carbs. This makes what should be a keto-friendly topping into a sugar-filled inconvenience.
Even the most popular whipped cream recipes call for multiple tablespoons sugar. On average, these traditional recipes pack in an extra 26 grams of net carbs (per cup of heavy cream), which can easily be avoided with the right low-carb sweeteners.
The best way to indulge in a healthy and satisfying whipped cream is by making it yourself with a keto recipe. This approach allows you to cut out the sugar without missing out on any of your favorite textures and flavors.
For example, by following this keto whipped cream recipe, each tablespoon will only have ~0.4 grams of net carbs.
How to Make Sugar-free Whipped Cream: Three Simple Steps
It is surprisingly quick and easy to whip it up yourself. In principle, all you’ll need is these three steps:
- Combine the keto ingredients. Add chilled heavy cream, keto sweetener (we call for erythritol), and vanilla essence to a chilled bowl.
- Whisk until soft peaks form. This can be done manually, with a hand mixer, or with a stand mixer. Avoid whisking more than necessary (unless you want to make homemade butter).
- Eat and enjoy. Indulge by the spoonful, add it to your coffee or tea, eat it with low-carb fruit, serve it with your favorite keto desserts, or use it as a way to add more fat to your diet.
Now you can see why this is my go-to keto whipped cream recipe. Simply combine, whisk, and eat.
There are, however, a few extra hacks you can try if you’d like to take your whip to the next level.
Bonus Tips for Improving the Quality of Your Keto Whipped Cream
To further enhance the texture and quality of your whipped cream, try implementing one or more following tips:
- Keep things cold. Make sure the whisk, bowl, and cream are chilled (but not frozen). This will increase the build-up of air bubbles underneath the heavy cream’s surface, providing you with a much fluffier whipped cream.
- Use a chilled metal whisk and bowl. The chilled metal can keep the ingredients from warming up too much as they are whisked. Non-metal whisks and bowls will also work, but they will not be as effective.
- Try adding gelatin. Saturate ½ teaspoon of gelatin in cold water, raise it to room temperature, and briefly mix the liquid in with your soft-peaked whipped cream. This simple trick can help stabilize your whipped cream so that it doesn’t fall, sag, or “melt.”
Which Cream Should I Use? Heavy vs. Light
Heavy cream and heavy whipping cream are the best options. Not only are they a great source of fat for keto, but they whip better and hold their shape longer than lighter whipping creams.
The term “heavy” indicates that the product has at least 36% or more milk fat. This higher fat content allows you to trap more air as you whisk, yielding you a better quality whipped cream.
In contrast, whipping cream, light cream, and light whipping cream products only come with 30 to 35% milkfat. Though these lower-fat products can still be made into whipped cream, the overall taste and texture will be subpar compared to a keto whipped cream made with heavy cream or heavy whipping cream.
How Much Heavy Whipping Cream Can I Have on Keto?
Heavy whipping cream (which is essentially the same as heavy cream) provides us with a great source of fat on a keto diet. Since it is also very low in carbs and protein, this s be one of the easiest ingredients to fit into your diet plan.
However, this also makes it one of the easiest to overconsume in a way that slows your weight loss progress. To help you figure out how much is too much for you, I recommend reading through our comprehensive guide to fat intake on keto.
What Keto Sweetener Substitutes Can I Use to Make Whipped Cream?
In general, powdered sweeteners tend to work best. Powdered monk fruit, erythritol, stevia extract, allulose, or a powdered blend of any of these sweeteners are all great options.
Though the granulated form of these sweeteners can also be used, they may lend a grainy texture to your whipped cream. To prevent this from happening, you can grind the granules down into powder before adding it to the heavy cream.
Another option is to use your favorite liquid low-carb sweetener, such as liquid stevia extract or monk fruit extract. Keep in mind, however, that they may add a slightly bitter taste to the recipe.
Before replacing the sweetener we use in this recipe, make sure to check our sweetener substitutions guide to find the right replacement ratio.
Yields 8 servings of Keto Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled well
- 1 tbsp. erythritol, powdered
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Powder the erythritol using a spice grinder or small blender. Set aside with the rest of the ingredients.
2. Pour cold heavy cream into a large, dry mixing bowl. If washed prior, make sure that all water is wiped from the mixing bowl as just a small amount of water can ruin whipped cream.
3. Start slowly mixing the cream together using a hand mixer. Increase the speed as the cream thickens to not splash the cream.
4. After about 60 seconds of whipping, add the powdered erythritol and vanilla extract.
5. Continue whipping until medium peaks form. The peaks should be noticeable on your beaters when lifted out of the cream.
6. Transfer the cream to a serving bowl to serve with the dish of your choice. You can save in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the fridge.
This makes a total of 8 servings of Keto Whipped Cream. Each serving comes out to be 103 Calories, 10.8g Fats, 0.9g Net Carbs, and 0.9g Protein.
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|1 tbsp. erythritol, powdered||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1 tsp. vanilla extract||12||0||0.5||0||0.5||0|
|Per Serving (/8)||102.6||10.8||0.9||0.0||0.9||0.9|