7 Heavy Cream Substitutes To Use When Your Run Out

Thick, rich, and creamy, it's pretty obvious why heavy cream is a kitchen staple. With its high-fat content, heavy cream adds creaminess to a soup or sauce. It's even one of the main ingredients in many ice cream bases. Heavy cream can also whip up into fresh butter or whipped cream in a matter of minutes. Heavy cream has a higher fat content than other cream variety you might spot at the grocery store like half-and-half, light cream or whipping cream. But, what if you want to use a heavy cream substitute or a dairy-free option? Well, there are plenty of heavy cream substitutes that are easy to find.

7 Heavy Cream Substitutes

1. Milk and Butter

This simple DIY heavy cream substitute is easy to make with just two ingredients-whole milk and melted butter. Whole milk doesn't quite cut it when it comes to fat content, so the butter helps make this heavy whipping cream stand-in work. To make one cup of heavy cream, mix 1/4 cup of melted butter with 3/4 cup of whole milk.

This is great to use in baking and cooking recipes, like in mashed potatoes, but keep in mind that it won't whip up like heavy cream would for whipped cream.

2. Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is a dairy-free substitute for heavy cream and commonly used in vegan baking and cooking. It's extremely rich and has only a subtle coconut flavor. Substitute equal amounts of heavy cream with coconut cream in recipes.

Another interesting quality of coconut cream is the hardened fat can be whipped into a dairy-free whipped cream. To do this, chill a can of coconut cream in the refrigerator overnight. Open the can and pour out the liquid, saving the fat from the top. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip the coconut cream fat until thick with a bit of powdered sugar. Use as a dairy-free filling for cakes or cupcakes and make sure it's full-fat coconut cream.

3. Cashew Cream

Cashew cream is a popular vegan, dairy-free substitute in many recipes. It's creamy and doesn't have much flavor. You can easily make your own by soaking raw cashews in just enough water for at least an hour or overnight. Drain, and blend the cashews with a bit of freshwater until smooth. Use cashew cream in place of heavy cream for any creamy recipe like alfredo or vegetable dip.

4. Half-and-Half and Butter

Similar to milk and butter, half-and-half and melted butter make a great heavy cream substitute. To make one cup of heavy cream, melt 1/8 cup unsalted butter (about two tablespoons) and mix with 7/8 cup of half-and-half (about 14 tablespoons).

5. Greek Yogurt and Milk

The combination of Greek yogurt and milk can make a nice heavy cream substitute. Another plus, Greek yogurt is high in protein. Just mix together equal parts of Greek yogurt and milk.

6. Evaporated Milk

You can easily find cans of evaporated milk at the grocery store. It's creamier than regular milk and you can substitute heavy cream for equal parts of evaporated milk. However, it won't whip up like heavy cream.

7. Soy Milk and Olive Oil

For a vegan heavy cream replacement, try out soy milk and olive oil. The soy milk is creamy while olive oil adds fat. To make one cup of this substitute, combine 2/3 cup of soy milk with 1/3 cup of olive oil.

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