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This recipe for fluffy vegan whipped cream demonstrates the magic of aquafaba, the thick liquid left behind after cooking chickpeas and other legumes. Aquafaba’s starch and viscosity allow it to be whipped like egg whites or whipped cream, something that can’t be done with other plant-based egg replacers. The process can take a little while with an electric mixer, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t firm up at first—just keep beating. Unlike whipped cream, whipped aquafaba won’t hold its shape for more than a couple of hours, so prepare it just before using. Dollop on Banana-Stuffed Aquafaba French Toast, pies, cakes, sundaes, and even cappuccinos.

Aquafaba vegan Whipped Cream

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup aquafaba (the liquid from about ½ 15-ounce can no-salt-added chickpeas)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine the chickpea liquid, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until foamy. Beat on high speed for about 5 minutes more or until stiff peaks with tips form.

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Becki Henderson3 weeks ago
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I think the Tbs. of vanilla here is overkill, and makes the “cream” taste like alcohol. Here’s the modification that I love: once the aquafaba is beaten to soft peaks, I add in a dollop of date paste and sprinkle of cinnamon. (The cinnamon disguises the “beany” taste better than vanilla).

I’ve also learned to make this using the liquid from unsalted white beans (any variety… navy or cannellini) for a son that’s allergic to chickpeas. It doesn’t whip as fast or as foamy, but the taste is more neutral and it still makes a wonderful fluffy concoction that’s great on the French Toast or berries.

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Carla Christian

Carla Christian, RD, LD, received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America in 2006 and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 2009. She finished her dietetic internship from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2010 and is a former chef in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen. Photo by Jason Donnelly

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