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Whipped Cream is the king of dessert toppings. It can take a good dessert from great to unforgettable and it can cover up the sins of an underperforming snack.
Most beginners at Keto struggle with adjusting their new diet to fit in with their lifestyles and cravings. The great thing about Keto is with a little tweaking you can enjoy the majority of the recipes you love.
To take all the hassle out of working out how to make Whipped Cream Keto friendly, we've done it for you. And we're really happy to tell you that it may be one of the simplest recipes of all time. Two ingredients, two steps - what's not to love.
With this simple Keto Whipped Cream recipe we have included some perfect partners for this tasty dish, as well as a little FAQ that will talk you through all the major ideas behind Keto.
- ¾ of a cup of either whipping cream or heavy cream
- ½ - 1 ½ tsp of your favorite sweetener
- You will need a whisk (and a strong arm) or a hand mixer for this recipe.
Step 1 - Add your desired amount of sweetener to your mixing bowl and pour your cream on top of it.
Step 2 - Whip the cream on high speed until the peaks can hold their form.
Step 3 - You're already done! Time to enjoy
Mixing Things Up
The great thing about this recipe is that it is really easy to customise to your own tastes. Below we've listed a few examples of flavour combinations you could add to your Whipped Cream to mix things up a little.
Note - add these ingredients in at the same time as the sweetener in the original recipe.
Why not try adding…
Vanilla beans - Who says you need sugar filled vanilla essence to get your sweet fix. Simply add a pinch of fresh or dried vanilla beans to the mix. We love using the beans over the essence as the beans have a much more interesting depth of flavour.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg - Add ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon and ¾ of a teaspoon of Nutmeg to this recipe to add a hint of the holidays to your Whipped Cream. This is a perfect topping for hot chocolates and chai lattes.
Pureed mint - Mixing two tablespoons of freshly pureed mint into your Whipped Cream will create a super refreshing dessert topping that's perfect for the summer. Add to an eton mess or lemon cake and prepare to have your taste buds blown away.
Instant Coffee - Make a concentrate of coffee (1-2 tablespoons in about 75ml of boiling water), allow to cool and then mix in with the cream. If you love Affogatos - you'll love this (plus this recipe makes less washing up - yay!).
Pumpkin Spice - This is our Keto Autumn staple. Whether you're using a shop bought blend, or secret home pumpkin spice recipe, once the leaves start falling this will fulfill all your pumpkin spice desires.
Lemon or Lime Zest - The zest of a lemon or lime can add a refreshing zing to any dessert and Whipped Cream is no exception. Be careful not to add too much of their juices as the citric acid can cause the cream to split.
Vodka or Whiskey - Adding a small amount of vodka or whiskey to your Whipped Cream can really liven your desserts. These work really well as an addition on an Irish coffee, or on top a tiramisu.
Cocoa - A great Keto friendly ingredient that can give you chocolate flavours without the carbs. Simply add 1-2 teaspoons of the Cocoa powder to your Whipped Cream. Make sure to pick up Cocoa powder with no added sugar. We love this on top of Keto Waffles.
Blended Berries - Berries are a great source of fiber in a Keto diet - why not blend up a handful of frozen berries and add to your Whipped Cream. This combination is divine on top of Eton Mess (yes, that was our stomachs rumbling…).
See below to get an idea of how the base recipe can fit into your daily macros, per serving:
- Calories: 105kcal
- Carbohydrates: 1g
- Protein: 1g
- Fat: 13g
- Sodium: 11mg
- Net Carbs: 1g
- Fat Ratio per Serving: 98.12%
- Protein Ratio per Serving: 0.88%
- Carb Ratio per Serving: 1%
*Nutritional values will vary depending on your choice of ingredients.
Keto Frequently Asked Questions
What is Keto?
Keto is a low carb diet that is designed to put your body into a state of ketosis - meaning it is producing ketones.
You want your body to be in a state of ketosis because that means it is burning fat for energy instead of sugar. When our body breaks down carbs it converts them into sugars which it then uses to power itself. By cutting out these carbs the body is able to run on fats instead.
This is good for a few reasons. Some studies have proven that our brain functions better when it is running on ketones rather than sugar.
Secondly, there is some evidence to suggest that a low carb diet can help you to lose weight. A low carb diet has also been clinically proven to lower blood sugar levels.
Can everyone do Keto?
There are a few groups of people who should take to a doctor or nutritionist before attempting a Keto diet.
Firstly, if you are vegetarian or vegan you may struggle with Keto as its main source of calories comes from meat, fish, and dairy. The same goes for people who are lactose intolerant.
Sufferers of kidney disease, heart or liver (or anyone who has a family history of them), diabetics, and pregnant women should all speak to their doctor before attempting any new diet, but particularly Keto.
We do not recommend Keto for anyone struggling with or recovering from an eating disorder as Keto does involve calorie tracking which is not recommended for anyone struggling with these issues.
However, you can incorporate any Keto recipes into your diet if they appeal to you, without health risks.
What is the history of Keto?
Keto has routes in three main areas. The original form of Keto was developed in the 1920s as a way to try and treat epilepsy in young children without having to medicate them.
They found this method worked on around half of the children in the trials.
Keto is very similar in form and principle to the Atkins and Paleo diets. Although Keto aims to be more low carb.
The macros of Keto are 5% carbs, 15% proteins, and 80% fats.
As Keto rejects processed foods and sugars, many people have drawn parallels between the diets of early cavemen and Keto. Some scientists believe that Keto works because it is more in line with the type of fuel our bodies have evolved to run on.
What can I eat on a Keto diet?
- Meat - chicken, beef, lamb, game, pork, turkey
- Vegetables that are low in carbs - leafy greens, broccoli, etc
- Dairy - ghee, butter, cream, milk, etc
- Unprocessed cheese - mozzarella, cheddar, paneer
- Nuts and seeds (be careful when buying flavored nuts as they may have unexpected ingredients in them)
- Healthy oils - olive oil, sunflower oil, etc
- Oily fish - salmon
- Freshwater fish
- Unsweetened drinks - tea, coffee, soda water
- Small amounts of high fiber fruits like berries
- Spices and Herbs
- Protein Powder
What carbs can't I eat on a Keto diet?
- Products made with Flour - cake, biscuits, (and a surprising amount of other things)
- Products made with Sugar
- Soft Drinks
- Fruit Juices
- Grains (Barley, Wheat, Oats, Rice)
- Starchy Vegetables - like potatoes
- High Sugar items like candy
- Anything with added sugars
How many grams of carbs am I allowed to eat on a Keto diet?
Most Keto experts recommend consuming less than 30g of carbs a day.
Can I drink alcohol on a Keto diet?
This is a mixed answer we're afraid. Yes you can drink alcohol on a Keto diet, but you can't drink every alcohol.
You will need to stick to low carb alcohols like spirits (try vodka, some wines, and whiskey). It is also important to check the sugar levels of what you are drinking as many flavored alcohols contain large amounts of added sugar.
I am gluten free, will Keto restrict my diet even more?
No! Keto is a gluten free diet as glutinous grains (wheat, barley, rye,) are carb heavy. You may find your digestive system copes better with a fully Keto diet, as it is less heavy on the stomach.