Culinary Inspiration

The holidays are filled with love, memories, and, must we not forget, delicious food. And one of the most cherished indulgences of all is a dollop of rich, luscious whipped cream on top of your favorite holiday treats. This year, we were on the hunt for a creamy, airy, dairy-free version of this classic topping. And we found the perfect solution that will bring that delight back into your holidays in a new way: homemade dairy-free vanilla walnut whipped cream.

This year, we’re thrilled to share a dairy-free whipped cream recipe in place of the traditional version to give you your essential, delicious ingredient for the holidays. What else do we love about it? Making this tasty delight yourself adds that special feeling that only enjoying something homemade can give you.

Here’s How to Make this Dairy-Free Vanilla Whipped Cream Topping


  • 2 ½ cups of California walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Purée 2 cups of walnuts and water in a blender for two minutes or until very light and fluffy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of honey, vanilla, and salt, and blend together for 30 seconds. Add the second teaspoon of honey if you prefer a sweeter taste.
  3. To achieve a thicker whipped cream, add the remaining ½ cup of walnuts and purée until it becomes light and fluffy.

Now that you have your whipped cream base, you can play around with these flavor variations!

  • Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of nutmeg, and a teaspoon of ground cloves, and use this Nutcracker Spice whipped cream to cover your tarts and pies! We recommend dolloping it on our Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart this holiday season.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and mix the cream into your morning latte for a homemade pumpkin spice latte!
  • Incorporate a teaspoon of peppermint extract and top it on some delicious hot chocolate, perfect for those cold and windy days.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of rum extract, and use it to garnish your favorite fruit salad or even our creamy (and dairy-free) Walnut Ice Cream!

With these flavor variations, you’ll have the perfect topping for any occasion. Whether you’re dressing up your hot chocolate or adding a sweet dollop to your favorite apple pie, you’re sure to have the perfect topping that you, and everyone else, simply can’t resist. For more inspiration on how to use your new Dairy-Free Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream, check out our other favorite holiday desserts!

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