Allergen Information: Free of the top 8 allergens
Special Equipment: Electric hand mixer
Cool whip is one of our American staples. Velveeta, Cool Whip, Lays Potato Chips, Kraft Mac & Cheese. It’s Fourth of July; it’s a barbecue; it’s all holiday. It’s light and fluffy and promises to please every time. It’s made by our favorite trusted household brand, Kraft, and we know they have our health on the forefront of their minds, right?
I remember a time that this trusted product was my go-to dessert. A few dollops of cool whip, some chocolate chips, and maybe a few strawberries–what a healthy dessert! (I’m cringing).
I haven’t bought this stuff in quite a while, so I have to admit tonight was the first time I researched the ingredients. I’m honestly going to need a moment to recover from this one….
Whew. This one’s bad y’all. There is nothing “real” about this product, except the water. If you are curious about each individual ingredient listed, check this article out. I didn’t even need to look them up because I already know all of those ingredients listed are bad news.
I hope I didn’t crush your spirits—Although I do hope you are a little stunned!
I promise there’s some good news here. You can make your own from home in about the time it would take to unwrap the packaging of the Cool Whip and thaw it out a bit.
If you have five minutes and these three ingredients (canned coconut milk, maple syrup, and real vanilla extract), you can make this delicious sweet treat. You can use it to top your morning oatmeal, on a dessert (I used it on a homemade pecan pie at Thanksgiving), or with anything that needs a little sweetness.
*Please make sure to buy full-fat coconut milk (do not buy LIGHT) or you will not get the cream you need to make the whipped cream
There’s only one catch. The can must stay in the refrigerator overnight before you can make it. The easy thing to do is just always keep one in there, so you can make this treat whenever you like!
Ok, so step 1: Refrigerate the coconut milk at least overnight. Why? Because the cream will rise to the top and separate from the milk, allowing you to make the whipped cream!
Step 2: Turn the can upside down, THEN open. This will make the liquid on top and will be much easier to pour out of the can, leaving only the cream at the bottom.
Step 3: Pour the liquid portion in the bowl for another use (maybe a smoothie??)
Step 4: Put the “cream” in a large bowl
Step 5: Beat with electric beaters for about 4 minutes, until creamy and stiff.
Step 6: Add 3 teaspoons of maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon of real vanilla extract and blend again until mixed.
Step 7: Enjoy on your dessert or oatmeal (or eat plain with strawberries & dark chocolate for an awesome treat!)
Do you have $3 and 5 minutes to spare this week? (If you’ve got maple syrup & vanilla). Give this a shot!