Whipped cream is something that can complete a simple or unpolished dessert. It adds a bit of flare and fanciness to the finished dessert. Whipped cream also provides a sweet dairy note that is sometimes needed to offset a rich dessert. The cream is meant to have a decadent taste and texture.
Whipped cream has been around since the 16th century. It is one of the most popular toppings for desserts, including baked goods, ice cream and drinks like hot chocolate. In the grocery store you will most likely find a wide variety of whipped creams. Whipped creams available in the grocery store are traditional offered in the unmistakable aerosol can.
Whipped creams that are offered in aerosol cans are super easy, relatively inexpensive and convenient, but they are far from being a healthy option to use on your desserts. Most, if not all, of these pre-packaged whipped creams contain some okay ingredients like cream, nonfat milk, sugar and natural flavors. But then they are corn syrup, mono- and diglycerides, artificial flavors, carrageenan, and nitrous oxide. Mono and diglycerides are fats that are used as an emulsifier to help keep the ingredients mixed together. Mono and diglycerides fats can either come from an animal or plant source. Carrageenan is used to help thicken the cream. Nitrous oxide is used as a propellant to help turn the cream into a whipped texture once it exits the can.
Since I am not a fan of the ingredients used in aerosol whipped cream, I decided to create my own whipped cream. This recipe creates a whipped cream that is healthier and tastier then the store bough kind. It can be used anywhere you use traditional whipped cream. It is free of additives, easy to make and has less calories, sugar and fat than traditional whipped cream.
The recipe below makes about a cup of healthy whipped cream. The recipe can be doubled to fit your particular needs. The whipped cream can be flavored to fit your taste preference. In the recipe I have included an optional vanilla extract ingredient, however, almond extract or unsweetened cocoa powder also work well in this recipe.
Healthy Whipped Cream
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup non-fat Greek style yogurt
1/8 teaspoon pure Stevia extract (or 2 tablespoons cane or coconut sugar)
Optional: A dash of pure vanilla extract
In a stand up mixer (or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer), add all ingredients and beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.