The moment you’ve been waiting (/skimming?) for! With only 2 ingredients, one of which is optional, we dare you to find a simpler recipe.
- 1 can (15 ounces) full fat coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Refrigerate your coconut milk overnight, or for around 8 hours. This will cause the cream to separate from the water, float up to the top of the can, and harden.
Chill the mixing bowl you’ll be using for 20 minutes before you start.
Open the top of the can and you will see thick coconut milk. That’s the part we want for this recipe.
Scoop everything that isn’t coconut water out of the can and into your chilled mixing bowl.
Fluff the coconut cream with an electric mixer on low for about 5 minutes, dumping any water that separates out, and then on medium for a couple more minutes or until it starts to get fluffy and form peaks.
Note: If you’re living in a dorm or feeling those lazy Sunday vibes, we’ve heard through the grapevine that you can take a shortcut and whip it up just using a fork!
Plop a big ol’ spoonful into your favorite SUTRA drink and enjoy! We’ve also listed a bunch of other uses for this stuff below.
Use right away, or store for up to a week. You might have to shake it up a little bit to re-fluff it if you choose to enjoy it later.
A note about choosing the right coconut milk
We really want to emphasize that what we need here is FULL FAT coconut milk. (This is our favorite kind!
) Full fat will work much better than anything with reduced fat. Plus, the fats we’re talking about are the good kind, so why take them out?
Another thing to note is that we also want coconut milk without guar gum. This is an additive that keeps coconut milk from separating, which might be useful in some cases but for this recipe we need the cream to separate out. As a precaution, try to find a can with zero additives or stabilizers.
Lastly, stay away from anything labeled “coconut cream,” as this stuff is full of added sweeteners as well as stabilizers that will keep it from whipping up…counterintuitive all over the board!
Some people have found success adding in these fun flavors:
- Orange or lemon zest
- Matcha powder
- Almond extract
- Pumpkin spice (especially great if you’re using your coconut cream as a topper for pumpkin pie!)
- A packet of SUTRA, whatever your preference happens to be
- Cocoa powder + Stevia
- Mint (add coarsely chopped mint leaves to the can of coconut milk before chilling; after taking it out of the fridge, discard the mint)