I try to minimize my intake of desserts by way of "paleo baking", as I believe the benefits and nutritious values of eating paleo derive from the real food in main meals (not dessert). That's not to say I don't indulge in my own creations and baked goods, it's just that I don't make them so often that I'm eating them every day.
THIS treat, however, is something that is totally acceptable (in my eyes at least) to eat on the reg. It's high in fat, rich in nutrients and is delightfully flavorful. There's no added sugar at all (unless you elect to add a touch of honey, which sometimes I do), and is the most perfect treat to enjoy without shame. While coconut whipped cream can be enjoyed on it's own, I like it best when I portion it out over a small bowl of berries. UGH I just love it. Enjoy!
- 1 can coconut cream (I buy it at Trader Joe's, however, a can of full-fat coconut milk will also do the trick)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- A few shakes of cinnamon (optional)
- Cacao nibs to garnish (optional)
- 1/2 cup berries of choice (blackberries, raspberries or blueberries work best)
- If using coconut cream, scrape the contents of the can into a mixing bowl. If using full-fat coconut milk, place the can in the fridge overnight so the fat separates. Open the can and scrape out the solids into a mixing bowl (save the liquid for future smoothies!)
- Add the vanilla, honey and cinnamon (if using) to the bowl and beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer on high speed until the cream becomes whipped.
- Add berries to a serving bowl and top with a few tbsp to 1/4 cup of the whipped cream (coconut cream IS loaded with healthy fats, however, it's also calorically dense and easy to overeat, so it's best to measure out the serving).
- Garnish with toppings of choice (I suggest an extra dash of cinnamon and cacao nibs) and enjoy!
- Either divvy up the remaining whipped cream over additional berry bowls for guests, or store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When you want to whip it out again (pun intended), just break the mixer back out and beat it again to recreate the whipped consistency.