Low-FODMAP Vanilla Bean Coconut Whipped Cream; Gluten-free, Vegan

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Low-FODMAP Vanilla Bean Coconut Whipped Cream is the ideal topping for almost any dessert.  Personally, I like it better than traditional whipping cream. Plus, it is vegan and has a wonderful (very subtle) hint of coconut.

I’m certain you will also love this low-FODMAP Vanilla Bean Coconut Whipped Cream.  This recipe uses canned coconut cream, which can either be ‘skimmed’ off the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk, or (more recently) purchased in smaller cans of coconut cream.

Just be aware, not all canned coconut milk or creams are exactly alike.  Some will be more white in color, and some (of the milk variety) will have a less thick creamy layer.  If you buy the actual ‘coconut cream’, you will still have to drain a bit of liquid from the bottom as well.  Most importantly, make sure to chill your cans in the refrigerator the night before…otherwise it may not whip.  I had a few failures with my low-FODMAP Coconut Whipped Cream before I realized why! There is such a thing as a ‘dud’ can of the cream (or 3).

Check out over 400 more low-FODMAP recipes on my blog, including many desserts (especially my low-FODMAP pies) that go perfectly with this low-FODMAP Vanilla Bean Coconut Whipped Cream recipe.

Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD

Low-FODMAP Vanilla Bean Coconut Whipped Cream; Gluten-free, Vegan

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Servings: 6

Prep time: 15 min


  • 1 cup chilled canned coconut cream (can skim cream from top of whole coconut milk, or buy the cream in smaller cans)
    • 2 ounces is one low-FODMAP serving
    • Note: to make enough cream to frost a cake, double recipe
    • Be aware that some brands have less ‘cream’ on the top, I prefer Thai Kitchen, Trader Joes’s and Native Forest
    • Discard ALL the liquid that is not the thick cream layer, and do NOT SHAKE the can as it will mix the layers a bit

  • 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (because I love vanilla)


  • Place whisks and bowl in freezer to cool briefly
  • Slice the vanilla bean in half and extract seeds. Place into bowl
  • Add cream and whip until soft peaks
  • Add the sugar gradually and adjust to taste
  • Add vanilla extract
  • Beat on high until stiff peaks form
  • Place in piping tube or refrigerate until use
  • Chef’s Notes:
    • Sometimes, despite following all the steps, your can will not whip. Here is another blog with a similar recipe, that has some troubleshooting tips
    • Since FODMAP data now suggests that heavy whipping cream is low-FODMAP in similar portion sizes, feel free to use regular heavy whipping cream, unless you do not tolerate dairy, lactose, or are vegan
    • Have a great day! 🙂

Try it on some of my favorites: low-FODMAP chocolate pudding, low-FODMAP velvety vanilla custard, low-FODMAP Chocolate Pie and so much more!

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8 Responses

    1. Thank you Laura,
      We will pass along that question. For now, you may find it helpful to copy and paste the document into Word and then print it. Sorry for the trouble! Also, later this year we plan to release a cookbook with over 100 delicious recipes that prep in 30 minutes or less. Stay tuned!

  1. Couldn't get it to whip

    I followed instructions to the letter and couldn’t get this to whip. I used a recommended brand, chilled the cans, chilled the bowl and beaters, drained the liquid, and whipped for 1/2 an hour till it turned to cottage cheesy consistency. On the other hand, my friend who was supposed to get FODMAP strawberry shortcake for her birthday added rum and concocted pina coladas from the leftover liquid.

    1. Hi Trisha,
      This is a tried and true recipe. If the coconut cream was not thick enough and not cold enough, then it may not whip (we have have had that happen in the past and discarded 3 or 4 cans before it worked!) Unfortunately, it is not the fault of the recipe, or Dr.Pauls. Sorry this happened for you.

  2. This was was easy to follow and quite delicious. We didn’t have a vanilla bean on hand, so we only used vanilla extract. It was the perfect topping for our sponge cake and paired well with strawberries.

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