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Monday, March 18, 2013

Mint Coconut Whipped Cream: Three Ways!

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I first got the idea for mint coconut whipped cream when Chocolate Covered Katie posted her recipe for it. It looked so delicious, I couldn't resist making my own.

So Saturday, I pulled out a can of Trader Joes' coconut cream, whipped it to stiff peaks, added some peppermint extract, green food dye, honey, and voila! Delicious coconut whipped cream.

I've made coconut whipped cream a few times before, but I've always made the plain kind with just vanilla extract in it. Albeit delicious, it's very boring. But this stuff, oh my gosh, this stuff, is amazing. I could eat a whole bowl of it! And it does just about anything. Use it as a pudding, frosting, filling, topping for pancakes, stir it into oatmeal, a cool whip replacement, or even- ice cream.

That brings me to my next point. I didn't just use the cream for one thing. I used it to make three different desserts! Yes, it's that versatile!

 The first way was a filling for cupcakes. The  "Hostess" cupcake recipe is Michelle's (She runs the blog Gluten Free Fix and I really urge you to go check it out! Amazing recipes and she has the cutest baby!). Her recipe says to fill the cupcakes with regular whipped cream, but I wanted something green and St. Patrick's Day-ish. Thus the mint version of a Hostess cupcake was born!

The second way I used it was as whipped cream. I used it to top ice cream. And, by this point, I bet you can guess what kind of ice cream I made..... ;)

But to make the ice cream, you have to make the whipped cream first.

1 can coconut cream (I use Trader Joe's. Full-fat coconut milk will also work, but make sure you refrigerate it overnight.)
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
sweetener, to taste (Make sure to make it overly sweet if doing the ice cream option. It'll be less sweet once frozen.)
a few drops of green food dye
chocolate chips or broken up pieces of a good chocolate bar or maybe even thin mints!

1. If not using coconut cream, refrigerate one can of full-fat coconut milk overnight. It must be full-fat!
2. Scoop out the coconut cream from the top into a large bowl. Leave the watery stuff in the bottom and use for smoothies.
3. Using an handheld mixer, beat the cream until it forms stiff peaks.
4. Add in the peppermint, sweetener, food dye, and chocolate chips. Whip until it is all mixed in. Alternatively, if just making ice cream, run all the ingredients in the blender and add a tablespoon or so of the coconut water. If using this method, I would put some spinach in too instead of the food dye.
5. At this point, what you do with your coconut whipped cream is up to you. For ice cream, put in ice cream and let it run for about 10-15 minutes. During the last five minutes, add some chopped chocolate or chocolate chips. You can also use it as a frosting/filling for cupcakes or brownies. Or eat by the spoonful!

Inquiry of the Day:

Did you do/make anything special for St. Patrick's Day?

This is probably the tastiest thing I've ever done to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. And I know it's that good, because the two batches I made lasted only two days in my house. ;)


  1. Oh holy crap - this sounds soooo good!
    For St. Paddy's Day I made Ohsheglows Green Powerhouse Pesto Plate (, it was pretty awesome. And I made us shamrock shakes with raw mint oreo cookie crumbles for dessert. I'm not much for green beer, I think the shamrock shake was pretty good =)

    1. I looked at the pesto recipe and it sounds amazing! I'll have to try it one of these days. You're shamrock shake is making me drool. Who needs green beer when you can have mint chocolate milkshakes?

  2. This looks like the best recipe ever! I'll have to go check out CCK's recipe, and Gluten Free Fox too! That seems like a great blog:)
    No I didn't really do anything special for St. Patrick's Day:(!

    1. Thanks! Gluten Free Fix is a great blog, even if you're not gluten-free she still has tons of healthy recipes.
      Happy first day of spring! :D

  3. This looks great - and perfect timing! Going to use it for a special birthday dinner this upcoming weekend.

    1. Thanks! I'm honored that you're using my recipe for such a special occasion. Have fun! :D


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