Since I have a son with a life-threatening food allergy to dairy (amongst other allergies) I have had to make dairy-free alternatives for all kinds of foods, like Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Dairy-Free Condensed Milk, and Dairy-Free Cheese. Today I have a wonderful homemade coconut pudding from Lauren of Empowered Sustenance, that is apparently a great substitute for whipped cream!
Have you turned on your TV lately?
Then I'm sure you've noticed the whipped cream commercials centered around Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Thanks a lot, commercial producers :-).
Whipped cream commercials are honestly last thing I need. Why? Because insatiable cravings for the pillowy-topping induce exorbitant salivary production and then I cannot concentrate on the latest episode of Love It or List it or HGTV.
Like I said, thanks a lot commercial producers. I'm sure many people cope with these holiday advertisements by pulling a red canister out of the fridge, tilting their head back, and squirting a prodigious dollop of the stabilized chemical cream onto eager tastebuds.
Unfortunately, since I follow the GAPS diet for gut healing (a grain-free, sugar-free, almost dairy-free diet), I cannot resort to that option.
The solution? Spiced Whipped Coconut Pudding! It tastes just like a bowl of whipped cream (i.e. a bowl of bliss).
Even better, this faux cream is suitable for the GAPS, Paleo and anti-candida diet and is allergen free!
Why is there Gelatin in this Paleo Coconut Pudding?
Since going grain-free, gelatin is my go-to for creamy desserts and even baked goods! In this recipe, coconut milk “jello” transforms from a solid into a light and fluffy pudding.
Although it is difficult to believe until you try it, the only trick is whipping the mixture in a food processor or blender. This recipe is an autumnal twist on my Egg and Dairy-Free Strawberry Mousse.
I offer some servings suggestions for this pudding below, but I usually prefer just eating it by the spoonful in front of the TV!
Before we get to the recipe, here are some notes about it:
1. I (Adrienne) highly recommend NuNaturals stevia extract – for purity and taste.
2. Also, I tried making this this morning and it tastes great! If you make it in a high speed blender (like a Vitamix), on high power, then it will make it waaay too smooth and you will have to let it gel up again. So either try only in a regular blender, or don't blend it on high :-).
3. Of course, you could leave out the spices and have a lovely vanilla-ey whipped cream topping. That's what I did :-).
How about eating this whipped cream substitute on top of:
— or just by itself, dropped into one's mouth by the spoonful – or I guess you could even drop it into a frosting piping bag and squirt it into your mouth if you are really hankering for the experience of the “squirt whipped cream into your mouth” thing :-).
4. For more information on how to use stevia, see Stevia–What It Is and How to Use It.
Recipe Notes for Paleo Coconut Pudding
- If you would rather not purchase coconut milk, you can make Easiest Coconut Milk.
- If you are vegetarian, try organic agar agar powder instead.
- You can use stevia instead of honey for low carb – note from Adrienne: try about 1 scoop stevia extract powder (read this post on how to use it) or 1/4 tsp of liquid stevia (see DIY Liquid Stevia). Adjust as pleased.
- All spices can be can be omitted for a Plain Whipped Cream-y taste.
Spiced Whipped Paleo Coconut Pudding (Dairy-Free Whipped Cream Substitute)
- 1 cup organic additive-free coconut milk
- 4 tsp gelatin
- 1 Tbsp honey (see notes above for alternatives)
- 1/4 tsp organic ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp organic ground cardamom (use cinnamon for AIP)
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg (omit for AIP)
- In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup coconut milk and the gelatin. This ensures the gelatin dissolves without clumps.
- Heat the remaining coconut milk in a small saucepan. When simmering, whisk in the softened gelatin mixture. Whisk until dissolved.
- Place in the fridge until set, at least 4 hours.
- When gelatin is set, scoop it out into a food processor or blender.
- Add the sweetener of your choice and the spices. Pureé until creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Taste and adjust sweetener/spices, if needed.
What would you top with this pudding / whipped cream substitute?
Or would you eat it by itself?
Lauren is the 19-year-old real food blogger at EmpoweredSustenance.com. After struggling with ulcerative colitis for five years, she decided to dive head-first into healing her body with nutrition and a holistic lifestyle. She follows the GAPS diet and enjoys sharing her creative, grain-free recipes and healing tools with others. She offers a free, retro-inspired Grain-Free Holiday Feast e-cookbook on her blog.