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The Perfect Keto Whipped Cream (Multiple Variations!)

Keto whipped cream

Delicious and simple this keto whipped cream is one of my family’s go-to’s! We use it with anything that we can…in coffee, on top of keto French toast or low carb pancakes, with berries, with keto desserts, or by itself to satisfy the need for something light and creamy.

Is Whipped Cream Usually Keto?

Being a dessert topper, whipped cream is something often not associated with keto or low-carb diets. However, whipped cream can easily be made to fit right in with the keto diet. It is a great source of fat and without the usual sugar, whipped cream can be quite low carb if had in moderation. 

Types of Cream to Make Variations

There are two main types of cream used in the U.S. for making whipped cream. There is whipping cream and heavy cream (also called heavy whipping cream).

Heavy cream is often found in stores as a local product, pasteurized (as opposed to ultra-pasteurized), and usually made with less thickeners and preservatives. It has a higher fat content with 36% milk fat or higher. 

Whipping cream is usually ultra-pasteurized and contains more thickeners and preservatives. It has a lower milk fat content of 30-36%. This gives it a lighter mouth feel and it has a longer “shelf life” in the fridge.

Either can be used to make this keto whipped cream recipe. Heavy cream is more calorically dense but has less carbs. Any dairy product with less than 30% milk fat, such as light cream or half-and-half, won’t contain enough fat to be able to be whipped up.

How to Make Keto Whipped Cream

Ingredients

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Allulose or sweetener of choice (erythritol, Monk fruit, etc.)
  • Vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

First chill a medium mixing bowl for 15 min in the freezer, this will help stabilize the whipped cream and make it smooth and fluffier.

Then combine the cold cream and sweetener in the bowl and begin whisking. If you are using an electric mixer start on low, then you can increase the speed to medium as the cream thickens enough to not splash everywhere.

After a couple minutes, once the cream has begun to thicken and is no longer runny, add the vanilla.

Continue to mix the cream for a couple more minutes and stop as soon as soft peaks form.

See below for variations on the amount of mixing. 

Soft vs Stiff Keto Whipped Cream

There is a very fine line between soft whipped cream, stiff whipped cream, and butter. If the cream is over whipped, it quickly begins to curdle and have a nasty crumbly texture. If you keep whipping at that point you will soon have a bowl of butter!

The important thing to do is keep a very close eye while you’re whipping. The stiffness of your whipped cream is really down to preference but depending on what you’re serving it with the level of whipping definitely has an impact.

Softer keto whipped cream is made by whipping until you just reach the point that the cream is no longer runny but when you lift the whisk from the bowl, only the faintest peak forms. This can be really nice for topping coffee or frozen berries/desserts. It has a smoother, less fatty mouth feel that melts gradually into hot drinks.

Stiff  keto whipped cream forms just before the cream is over mixed so watch it carefully. Stop mixing as soon as the whipped cream makes a defined peak when the whisk is lifted from the cream. Since much more air has been whipped into the milk fat, the whipped cream is much lighter. However, the fat can be more noticeable and coat your mouth more. Whipping the cream longer can be better for serving since it will hold its shape longer and won’t immediately melt into a puddle when topping warm desserts.

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding in Dish

What to enjoy keto whipped cream with

Keto whipped cream can be enjoyed in many ways.

  • Serve with fresh or frozen berries.
  • Whipped cream is a delicious topping for low carb French toast made with Fox Hill Kitchens Awesome Bunz. See recipe for low carb gluten free French toast here.
  • Our Cinnamon Crisps are a great combo with whipped cream. Crumble the crisps and serve with whipped cream and sliced strawberries for a keto friendly parfait.

This whipped cream is a wonderful addition to any low carb dessert including our recipes for keto pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice bread pudding.

Remember to share your photos of your keto whipped cream and other recipes with us on Instagram and Facebook @foxhillkitchens.

Cinnamon Crisp parfait

Keto Whipped Cream Recipe:

Keto Whipped Cream

This recipe makes a delicious keto friendly dessert topper in about 5 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Bowl Chilling15 mins
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: keto-friendly, low carb

Equipment

  • 1 Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk or electric mixer

Materials

  • Cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tbs Allulose or sweetener of choice (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

  • First chill mixing bowl for approx. 15 min in the freezer.
  • Combine cold heavy cream and sweetener of choice in the chilled bowl and begin whisking. If using an electric beater, start on low. You can increase speed to medium as it starts to thicken enough to not spray.
  • After just a couple minutes it will begin to thicken, and you can add the vanilla.
  • Continue to whisk until soft peaks form when the whisk is lifted from the cream.
  • The whipped cream can be served now or stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

Do not whip past soft peaks or you may start to make butter!
The vanilla is optional, but it adds a great depth of flavor.
If storing the whipped cream for later use, it may need to be briefly re-whipped before serving again

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