Coconut Cream

July 16, 2011

This quick easy coconut cream is rich, thick, and seriously delicious. This recipe is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly.

Coconut Cream

This coconut cream is really easy and is rich and delicious. This coconut cream is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly.

This basic coconut cream recipe is a fantastic blank canvas for flavorful inspiration. Make chocolate cinnamon coconut cream, banana coconut cream, berry coconut cream, mint carob coconut cream. The potential is endless.

Serve this coconut cream with fruit skewers for a quick dessert or serve on top of your favorite cakes, pies, and other desserts. This coconut cream also makes a fantastic raw pie filling. Or add some extra vanilla and enjoy this coconut cream as a pudding with some shaved coconut.

In other news, I went to see my all-time-favorite musical last night and bawled like a baby. The new restaged version of Les Miserables is touring in celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary. I have seen a production of this show on almost every continent, and have, on more than one occasion, been the last nostalgic fan blubbering in the stalls! Polite ushers from theaters far and wide have had to politely ask me to vacate the theatre as I stared longingly into the curtain praying for an encore.

Last night’s performance was not the best production I have seen. The show was too big for the theatre and I am not a fan of that modern clipped singing style that this production’s musical director seemed to be championing. At one point, I thought Eponine was going to bust out into a Brittany Spears version of The Star Spangled Banner. Maybe I am just too much of a purist.

Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. “Bad Les Mis is better than no Les Mis.”

There were some beautiful moments in this production and I had more than a few lumps in my throat. There is just something about the incredible evocative music that brings people to their feet. I found myself marveling at what a chorus of passionate human voices can do for the soul. I wept for the meadows of France and lost hopes and love just as I have many times before, and despite my issues with this “American Idol Style” remount, I was in heaven.

Theatre is my “cream on the top” in life. Something magical happens with that energetic exchange between performer and audience that cannot be replicated  by any other medium. I felt grateful, privileged and humbled to be in the audience last night. Gosh, some people are just so talented.

This gratitude for all things “cream on the top” lead me to reflect on other things that make we weak at the knees and weep with delight. I noticed that a coconut cream recipe was appallingly absent from the site, and so here it is.

Blend up this coconut cream and let me know what you think.

Other Dairy-Free Cream Recipes

Lemon Cashew Cream
Vanilla Cashew Cream
Soy Cream
Vegan Sour Cream
Cashew Cream Cheese

Let me know what you think of this coconut cream in the comments!

Your feedback is important, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.


Vegan Coconut Cream

This quick easy coconut cream is rich, thick, and seriously delicious. This recipe is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 1/3 cups
Author Tess Masters



  1. Throw everything into the blender, and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until thick and creamy. Add more coconut milk as needed, and add maple syrup to taste. 

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 13

  1. I am TOTALLY addicted to this. Is it possible to eat too much? I mean it’s really just like eating a coconut whole, right? I added just a bit of agave nectar but the rest is all coconut water and meat. What’s the worst that could happen if I eat a cup or two a day? I am a cocoNUT!

  2. Great! Yes! That is an AMAZING tip.
    It is a little more expensive. But great if you don’t want to spend the time cracking them yourself!

    1. It depends on how powerful your blender is. But as a general rule, about 30 seconds to a minute. Just keep checking, and you want a silky smooth consistency. Enjoy.

  3. I’m sure this tastes great but this is the first thing that came up when I googled “raw coconut cream” and this recipe is not raw at all. Having the term “raw” in your article headline is misleading.

    1. Kevin, I apologize, the meta data from this page is old and needs to be updated. That’s the only place where the recipe was advertised as raw. I hope you find a raw recipe you like.

  4. Is “young thai coconut meat” literally the meat from a coconut, which I can crack open and cut up? Or can I buy a bag of shredded coconut and use that?

    1. Yes, it’s the fresh meat from a young coconut. The shredded dried meat won’t give you the same creamy result. You can purchase fresh meat in the freezer section of many health food stores.

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