When I think of summer I think of fresh strawberries with whip cream, angel food cake with a dollop of sweetness, and the many other delicious treats that involve cool whip. And with summer quickly approaching upon us, it's the season for light, refreshing desserts.
But there is a problem we should confront.......
Have you turned the tub to see the ingredient list of that creamy treat?
Here is what you are consuming......
Cool Whip Original is made of water, hydrogenated vegetable oil (including coconut and palm oils), high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, skim milk,light cream, and less than 2% sodium caseinate (a milk derivative), natural and artificial flavor, xanthan and guar gums, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and beta carotene (as a coloring). In some markets, such as Canada and the United States, Cool Whip is available in an aerosol can using nitrous oxide as a propellant.
High Fructose Corn Syrup, hydrogenated oils, propellants, YIKES!
But I have good news for you. I have found a healthy, dairy free, sugar free alternative and you and your family will not miss the chemical laden creaminess of Cool Whip one bit.
Buy a can of Full Fat Coconut Milk like this one. (Full fat is the key, don't go for the "light" versions)
Place the unopened can in the fridge overnight.
When you are ready to use it, open it and spoon off the top layer into a mixing bowl. There will be a layer of liquid at the bottom, as the milk as separated. You can either discard this coconut water or add it to smoothies and juices.
Next up, beat the coconut milk with a hand mixer or Kitchen Aid mixer until it is frothy and creamy. Takes about 5 minutes.
Feel free to add some flavor to it in the form of vanilla or almond flavoring. Not necessary though, it can hold it's goodness just by itself.
Serve on top of fresh fruit, ice cream sundae's, coffee, shortcake or what ever pleases your sweet tooth.
Now this is something you can feel good about sharing with your friends and family, enjoy!!