How to Make Your Own Low-Carb Whipped Cream

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At first blush, desserts can seem hard to come by on a low-carb diet. If you're avoiding flour and sugar, doesn't that take most of the sweet stuff off the table? Well, yes and no. It takes most conventional sweets out of the mix, but there are many alternative ingredients that fit the low-carb bill, which you can use as replacements.

For example, in baked goods, coconut flour and almond flours, or almond or flaxseed meal, can be used in place of traditional all-purpose flour, and sugar-free or dark chocolate chips in place of milk chocolate (which contains more sugar). You might try a low-carb lemon mousse, chia seed pudding, a fruit parfait, or any of these other low-carb dessert ideas

And for a fluffy whipped cream topping on your low-carb chocolate cake, you can make your own. 

Why Make Your Own Whipped Cream? 

Store-bought whipped toppings use added sugar and corn syrup to sweeten their products. While one 2-tablespoon serving is not a significant source of sugar or carbohydrates (less than 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of carbohydrate), some people may want to refrain from eating these types of ingredients.

In addition, many store-bought whipped creams contain small amounts of trans fat, particularly in the form of mono and diglycerides, which are a food additive manufactured from glycerin and fatty acids. They are used as an emulsifier or to maintain the mixture of unblendable liquids. The amount of trans fat is one serving is likely to be insignificant. However, eating large amounts of trans fat is not healthy.

Luckily, making your own low-carb whipped cream is easy and delicious, and you control the ingredients. Here's how to whip cream for a delicious homemade whipped topping in 5 minutes.

Level: Easy

Total Time: 5 minutes

Instructions:

  • A mixing bowl and beaters or whisk (for fastest results, use a standing mixer)
  • Heavy cream (preferably not ultra-pasteurized, which is harder to whip, but if you have to use it, use a metal bowl and make sure the equipment is very cold by putting the beaters and bowl in the freezer for a few minutes beforehand)
  • Vanilla extract or vanilla bean
  • Sweetener (Stevia has zero carbs, or you can use powdered sweeteners such as Equal or Splenda, or a small amount of table sugar)
  • Other flavorings, such as mint or chocolate

Here's How:

  1. Put cold heavy cream and flavorings in the mixing bowl. Try 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract per cup of cream, and no-carb sweetener equal to 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar. At this point, taste the mixture and adjust the flavorings. 
  2. With an electric hand mixer or a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the cream. You can use a hand whisk; it just will take longer. Start slowly. If you set your mixer on high at first, you'll have cream all over the place. Set the mixer so it goes as fast as possible without splashing.
  3. As the cream thickens, turn the speed up. As it gets foamier, start checking for a soft peak, which is what you want. Stop the mixer and lift the beater(s) from the cream. The peak should bend over at the top when you remove the whisk. As it gets close, slow down, because if it goes too far, it will lose volume, then clump and separate (essentially become butter). This can happen quite quickly if you're not paying close attention.
  4. If you forget to adjust the flavorings, you can still do it at this point.

One cup of heavy cream will yield about 2 cups of whipped cream. After a few hours, it will start to lose volume, but you can mix it again and it's still good to eat even after a day or two. Refrigerate the whipped cream and anything you make with it (such as a frosted cake).

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  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture. FoodData Central. Cream, whipped, cream topping, pressurized. April 1, 2019.