Most dairy cream sold in England comes from factory-farms, plus of course it’s very high in fat and cholesterol. Made from skimming the butterfat layer off the top of milk, here are recipes to make your own cholesterol-free cream of all types. Vegan whipped cream (Addicted to Dates) only needs 4 ingredients, 1 bowl and less than 5 minutes. Frost or dollop on favourite puddings.
Don’t give plant-based creams to babies/children. Also keep away from pets (don’t feed cream to cats – most are lactose intolerant and can’t digest lactose sugar).
the different types of cream
- Single cream is for coffee or dessert, but does not whip or boil
- Double cream is good for desserts and cakes
- Whipping Cream is kind of in the middle!
- Clotted cream is rich and heavy, good for an afternoon tea
- Sour Cream is used for baked spuds and Mexican food
- Coffee creamer is more common in the US
Coconut Whip (Minimalist Baker) is made by chilling cans of coconut milk in the fridge, pouring off the water and adding natural sweetener. Biona and Nature’s Harvest are two good brands, not harvested by monkey slaves. Dollop this on fruit, pancakes, waffles or hot chocolate. You can also add beet powder or matcha powder to make it pink or green!
Cashew Cream (Minimalist Baker) is made with buttery nuts and good for swirling on soup or korma curry. You’ll need a good blender to process the soaked nuts.
how to make vegan sour cream
Cultured Vegan Sour Cream (Minimalist Baker) uses lemon and soaked cashews, with probiotic cultures. Serve on baked spuds with chives (keep away from pets) or use in Mexican cuisine.
homemade (vegan) clotted cream
3-Minute Vegan Clotted Cream (The Veg Space) is ideal for scones and jam, and only takes 3 minutes to make. It just mixes whipped cream with vegan ‘buttercream’. If using icing sugar, we like Suma (no eggs).
where to buy good vegan cream
Nature’s Charm Oat Whipping Cream is sold in a tin, made with oat milk and sweetened with coconut sugar. Free from palm oil. Also look in stores for double cream from The Coconut Collaborative.