Learn how to make delicious keto whipped cream in just 2 minutes! This sugar free whipped cream recipe requires only 3 ingredients. You won't believe how much better it tastes than the ready-made stuff!
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Back in the day I sometimes bought the ready-made whipping cream cans, but once I started a low carb keto diet and began reading labels I stopped.
Store-bought whipped cream is very high in sugar and preservatives. And if you do find a ready-made sugar free version, you bet it'll contain artificial sweeteners (which we avoid on the keto diet).
There really is no reason NOT to make your own sugar free whipped cream. It is not much different from making regular whipped cream, you just have to swap out the sugar for a low carb sweetener!
Is whipped cream keto?
Yes it is - if you make your own.
Regular whipped cream recipes will nearly always call for several teaspoons of table sugar. This adds unnecessary amounts of carbs - and you haven't even counted the slice of cake you're putting it on!
By simply using cream and adding a low carb sweetener such as erythritol, xylitol or allulose you can make a rich, satisfying and sweet whipped cream without packing in the carbs. (Of course, you could also go all natural and add nothing else!)
Carbs in heavy whipping cream
Heavy whipping cream is actually quite low in carbohydrates. Check out the nutrition: One entire cup of unsweetened whipped cream (that's 240 grams - a lot of cream!!) has just 6.8g net carbs.
And one portion (2 tablespoons) of this keto whipped cream recipe has only 0.4 net carbs!
Desserts made with or topped with cream are a popular sweet treat for anyone on the keto diet. Just remember you don't need a dessert every day!
Single/double and light/heavy cream
Before we get to the recipe, let's clarify a little difference in language. Here in the UK we actually say SINGLE cream and DOUBLE Cream, while in the US and elsewhere it's LIGHT and HEAVY cream.
The difference is in the fat content. Single or light cream has a fat content of 18-25%, while double or heavy cream has a fat content of 30-40%.
Always use heavy cream to make whipped cream. It tastes better because it is creamier and it stays firm for longer.
How to make keto whipped cream
2 easy steps, that's it!
- Put the cream, powdered sweetener and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. You'll get a better result if both the cream and the bowl are chilled.
- Beat with a handheld electric mixer or a stand mixer for about 2 minutes until soft peaks form.
The one super important thing is to know when to STOP mixing. Heavy whipping cream goes from "soft peaks" to "too firm" very quickly. Don't over-beat or you will end up with butter.
Sugar substitutes for whipped cream
My favourite sugar substitute for low carb whipped cream is powdered erythritol. I use either a blend that also contains monkfruit and sometimes one that contains erythritol and stevia.
You can also use xylitol or allulose. In both cases I recommend that you use a powdered version to avoid a grainy effect.
If you only have granulated sweetener to hand, simply powder it at home in a food processor. I do that all the time.
Keto chocolate whipped cream
I love all things chocolate, and sometimes I'll add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to my sugar free whipped cream.
Chocolate whipped cream requires a little more sweetness, so I'll also add 1-2 additional tablespoons of powdered sweetener. It's fantastic on keto chocolate desserts such as this keto chocolate cake.
Another way to jazz up your keto heavy cream is to add a little lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon. This works a treat for any fruity desserts.
Keto whipped cream desserts
Here are some keto desserts that are even better with a sugar free whipped topping:
- strawberries or any other berries
- Keto Peanut Butter Mug Cake
- Keto Chocolate Lava Cake
- Sugar Free Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Pots
- Sugar Free Low Carb Ice Cream (Keto)
Store your sugar free whipped cream in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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Sugar Free Keto Whipped Cream Recipe
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- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes until soft peaks form. For best results, use a chilled bowl.
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