I can promise you, your life will change when you taste this stuff! Grab a can of full-fat can coconut milk without guar gum listed as an ingredient — Update: Native Forest now puts guar gum in the ingredients and this causes the cream and water to emulsify which is not what we want.
The can must also be full-fat because you will be whipping the solid cream. In summary — look for a full-fat can of coconut milk that does not have guar gum listed on the ingredient list. Apparently they are coming out with small cans of pure coconut cream instead. Be on the look out! I used Native Forest with decent result, although I have had some duds before. Place can in the fridge overnight. This is another crucial step. I once tried to make whipped coconut cream without chilling the can — big mistake!
It was a watery mess. I like to keep at least a couple cans in the back of my fridge just in case I need a quick whipped cream for a recipe. A few extra cans of chilled coconut milk never hurt anyone. Just before you make your whipped cream, place a mixing bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes or so.
This helps keep everything cold and will be especially helpful for those of you in very warm climates. Remove the chilled can from fridge and FLIP it upside down. Why flip it upside down? Not all cans work for this — check yours. See the liquid at the top? Pour the coconut liquid into another bowl.
You should have just under 1 cup of liquid, but this yield will vary a bit by brand and even by can. You can also use it in baking and cooking. As you can see below, you are left with only the hardened coconut cream! This is exactly what we want to use to make our coconut whipped cream. Scoop the coconut cream into your chilled bowl. As you can see, you get a lot of hardened cream to work with!
Grab a hand mixer alternatively, you can do this in a stand mixer — just chill the bowl first and whip the cream until fluffy. You can use this whipped cream just like regular dairy whipped cream. I like to use it in a bowl of fruit, on top of a fruit crisp, or stirred into Banana Soft Serve.
The options are really endless!