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A Healthy Substitute for Cool Whip

July 24, 2013   33 Comments

Snack Girl doesn’t know how many of you eat Cool Whip, but I know most of you love the idea of whipped cream on strawberries. Yum!

Cool Whip Substitute

Cool Whip is one of those amazing inventions that allows the consumer to save time by not having to whip cream. The downside is that Cool Whips isn’t whipped cream in a bucket but a mix of sugar, wax, and condom lube as the linked article so elegantly states.

You can do better! The vegans in the house know what I am talking about. Their substitute for dairy whipped cream is called “cashew cream” and is stable in the refrigerator. Yes, you can grab a dollop for your dessert and avoid condom lube.

After soaking the cashews overnight to make them soft enough to blend, you use a blender to puree them into cream. It takes my $50 blender about five minutes at the highest speed to get a very smooth consistency. Do not give up!

As for the sweetness, I found that one tablespoon of agave nectar was enough for a nice flavor. I used agave nectar because it doesn’t have a strong flavor (like honey or maple syrup).

Cashew cream is not low in calories versus whipped cream, but it has no cholesterol and it is very high in magnesium.

Have you tried cashew cream?

Cashew Cream Recipe

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Makes 1½ cups

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Ingredients

1 cup cashews
½ cup water
1 tablespoon agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Soak cashews in a container overnight in the refrigerator. After soaking for 12-24 hours, blend the cashews, water, agave nectar, and vanilla until very smooth.

Serve immediately on top of berries or store in the refrigerator for 4 days.

Nutrition Facts

For one tablespoon = 35 calories, 2.6 g fat, 2.4 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g sugar, 0.9 g protein, 0 g fiber, 1 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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33 Comments:

I love the idea. I have to try this! I love cool whip, but your right it's made of crap thats not real. I just saw it on this 19 top foods not to eat!

on July 24, 2013

Thanks for the recipe! I've been on a cashew kick recently. What a fun way to serve those yummy nuts!

on July 24, 2013

Great tip - thank you! After going "mostly" vegan a couple of years ago, I've found we have lots to learn from the vegan community about healthy ways to prepare delicious food.

on July 24, 2013

I never use Cool Whip I just pour some heavy cream over sugared strawberries. Or I make the absolutely heavenly Almond Cream: 1 16oz carton lite sour cream, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. almond extract, mix together, put over berries, top with toasted slivered almonds. The sour cream sounds weird but it is just delish!

on July 24, 2013

Marcy you make the right choice. Almond is one of two nuts that has absolutely no cholesterol and provides all the nutrients necessary for our body. Aside this, if you eat a handful of almond your skin will be silky.

Always eat fruits with no whips to be very healthy.

on July 24, 2013

I've gotten used to using some Greek-style yogurt instead of whipped cream (Cool Whip freaks me out lol) and I find I don't miss it! Yogurt + Nutella + chopped peanuts = best dessert ever!

on July 24, 2013

No nuts contain cholesterol. Only animal products do.

on July 24, 2013

I love my cool whip - but I truly almost gagged when I read the description in the article :-) LOL

on July 24, 2013

What about Reddi-Whip? That's real cream right? It looks like it does have corn syrup in it but no wax or lube...

on July 24, 2013

Great recipe. What can you substitute for cool whip in recipes. I don't eat cool whip, except on the rare occasion of using in a recipe.

on July 24, 2013

We ended up getting one of those fancy whipped cream things that professional chefs use (it was my husband's idea). The kind that take the cartridges. Anyway, that works well for us since we just put our favorite organic cream in. Once the cream is in the canister it will last up to one month (so a little goes a long way).

on July 24, 2013

In my diet/good-choice food group, we have a standing joke that Cool Whip is polyester in edible form!

on July 24, 2013

I wonder if there is another way of making this without cashews.My son loves whip cream. As I have gotten older I am finding out I am sensitive to most nuts in the nut family :(

on July 24, 2013

hi lisa!can you answer this question??

icecreams have a high fat content but when we put icecream in bowl it doesn't leave our bowl greasy...WHY???

on July 24, 2013

I prefer my Reddi Whip

on July 24, 2013

I hate to admit, but I expected this recipe to be anything but healthy. I'm so glad I was wrong. Other than the agave (I'd use raw organic honey, Grade B maple syrup, or experiment with coconut crystals, etc.), this is actually quite healthy and quite doable. Great substitute for the unhealthy and often unreal whipped dairy options. Cashews are rich in many nutrients and includes quality fat that our bodies need to stay healthy.

Thanks for sharing!

Sue Ingebretson

Rebuilding Wellness

on July 24, 2013

Are the cashews raw?

on July 24, 2013

I can not eat cashews,is there another nut that can be used? I have at home right now almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts.

on July 24, 2013

Nuts, like almonds, hazel nuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts and cashews can all play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease, according to a Harvard review. That's because nuts may help reduce LDL cholesterol (more on that later), and incorporate a dose of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and fiber, which has a heart-protective effect. Nuts are also rich in arginine, an amino acid that converts to nitric oxide in the body and helps blood vessels to relax.

on July 24, 2013

Try throwing greek yogurt in a blender for a few whirls to make it frothy, too. Not vegan but delicious, nonetheless.

on July 24, 2013

Making a whipped treat with a Yonanas machine is my fabulous substitute for icecream and it contains no dairy or refined sugar, just frozen bananas and your choice of frozen fruit.

on July 24, 2013

Will be trying this out in my new Vitamix. Haven't had cool whip in years. The thought of it gags me now. I usually buy a brand in Whole foods that is made with brown sugar. My husband got use to it as I told him that was his only choice, was not buying the other stuff anymore. lol

on July 24, 2013

I make something similar...macadamia nuts, dates, and soy/almond milk whirled in a high speed blender, then chilled. I could eat it by the spoonful. From a Dr. Furhman recipe book.

on July 24, 2013

Does it taste nutty? People that are raw eaters use this recipe all the time. Also they have a Vitamix blender which is a huge help.

on July 24, 2013

I'd feel bad not mentioning this - carrageenan, an additive in many foods including commercial whipped cream, has had some serious problems and should be avoided. More reason to quit processed foods. I'm with you on this recipe! (Google for the research)

on July 24, 2013

For when I have a recipe that calls for Cool Whip, I use a product called TruWhip that is...well, it's not *healthy* but it's definitely an improvement. Trader Joe's has a house brand that is nearly (or possibly exactly) identical as well. Cashew cream is yummy though!

on July 24, 2013

Snack Girl, your grasp on vegan delicacies is slipping! ( Sure, cashew cream is yummy, but it's a huge pain if your blender doesn't cooperate. Vegans who want to save time grab a can of full fat coconut milk, stick it in the freezer for a few bours, remove the cream from the top, and whip it with a bit of whatever sweetener they want. It is the BEST way to top pies and has the same consistency of cool whip. Yum!

(Also, I'm just kidding about you losing your grasp. Vegans also love cashew cream.)

on July 24, 2013

Love the recipe, but if you are not vegan, I've been using yogurt instead of cool whip for years. My kids don't know cool whip exists! I usually choose vanilla but every now and then I've added lemon yogurt to strawberry shortcake and it is quite tasty.

on July 25, 2013

Hi!! I live in South Africa and we cannot purchase Coolwhip here. I have tasted it in the USA before and thought that it was delicious!!! I was shocked to read about the ingredients!!! I will make your healthy substitute one for sure!!!Thanks for all your wonderful information.

on July 25, 2013

Anybody know a healthy way to glaze the pecans & walnuts other than the margarine, butter and sugar......My hips are expanding jsut thinking of that combo! Thanx.

on July 28, 2013

I don't really have anything to add, but can apparently only receive new comments by e-mail if I add a comments, so this is it! =)

on August 28, 2013

I've only seen salted cashews in stores and the recipe does not indicate unsalted; so I'm assuming you use salted? If not, can I wash the cashews first before soaking?

on December 3, 2013

@Bags - you can find unsalted cashews in the baking section and sometimes in the nut section of the grocery store. They are out there!

on December 3, 2013


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