4 Best Heavy Cream Substitutes

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There are many reasons a person might need heavy cream substitutes, such as dairy-free diets like veganism, or lactose intolerance. You might also be looking for a way to cut out some of the fat and calories in a given recipe.

Heavy Cream Substitutes

Heavy cream is a milk product that has a fat content of over 35%. The high-fat content reduces curdling from heat, which makes heavy cream a great ingredient for sauces and soups. It can also be whipped into peaks, which is why you might see heavy cream labeled “heavy whipping cream” in grocery stores. Heavy cream is used for making whipped cream, desserts, icing, and as a key ingredient in many savory dishes.

Having said that, there are times when heavy cream may be unavailable, but fortunately, there are a number of alternatives to heavy cream that will help keep your recipe on track. The substitutes include milk and butter, coconut cream, Greek yogurt and milk, and silken tofu and soy milk among others.

Milk and Butter

The most popular heavy cream replacement for most chefs is this easy blend. ¼ cup of butter mixed with a ¾ cup of milk will give your recipe the high-fat content it requires from the cream. This substitute works very well in most recipes, but it cannot be used to make whipped cream, as it lacks the stability of heavy cream.

Greek Yogurt and Milk

Greek yogurt, or any high-fat plain yogurt, can be mixed with regular milk to create the texture and density of heavy cream. It will also add protein to your recipe. However, the flavor of plain yogurt is very sharp, and depending on the dish, may alter the flavor profile.

Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is a wonderful vegan substitution for heavy cream. Coconut cream is the hard-cream that can be skimmed off the top of full-fat coconut milk. Due to its high-fat content, it can not only be used in cold desserts but also made into a whipped cream. If you can’t find a can at your local grocery store, simply buy a can of full-fat coconut milk and chill it overnight. The cream will readily separate to the top!

Silken Tofu and Soy Milk

Another dairy-free alternative, combining equal parts soft, silken tofu with your favorite unflavored soy milk in a blender will give you a thick, creamy consistency. You can also use other plant-based milk if you prefer. This substitute can be used not only as a substitute in cooking and baking recipes but can also be made into vegan whipped topping.

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