Heavy Whipping Cream (HWC) is easily one of the most useful foods on the keto diet. I use it all the time in my coffee and shakes. It adds a thicker consistency to them that I really love.
Nutrition wise – HWC has a healthy amount of fat, it’s low on carbs… And, damn does it taste good!
Is HWC Safe on Keto?
Absolutely! If you are using heavy whipping cream in small amounts (a few tablespoons), the carbs are negligible. 1 tbs of HWC has .45 grams of carbs. The only concern here would be if you are drinking like a cup at a time. I wouldn’t shame you for it, but a cup has 7.2 grams of carbs. That’s going to add up and could put you over your limit.
Note: The FDA does not require food companies to report carbs lower than .5g per serving. So, if your HWC shows 0, that isn’t accurate. It’s actually around .45g of total carbs (per tbs).
HWC Fat Break Down [*]
|Saturated Fat||62% (approx)|
|Monounsaturated Fat||29% (approx)|
|Omega 3||1% (approx)|
|Omega 6||2% (approx)|
What Can you Use Heavy Whipping Cream For?
You have a TON of options! But, here are a few big ones…
1. Keto (bulletproof) Coffee
Keto coffee is a staple drink for a lot of us on keto. It helps to suppress your appetite. It also gives you a nice energy boost in the morning and some extra calories from fat to start off your day.
The other main ingredients in keto coffee would be MCT oil and butter. The fats are blended together to give the coffee a nice creamy consistency. It’s pretty awesome!
Keto Coffee Recipe
2. Shakes and Smoothies
Straight up milk isn’t the best option with keto. It has too many carbs. So, HWC works great here. It will give your shakes a more thick consistency and more flavor.
3. Sauces and Soups
There are many keto friendly sauces and soups that can be made with heavy whipping cream. Alfredo sauce would be one example.
Alfredo Sauce Recipe Example
4. Keto Ice Cream
I stumbled across this ice cream recipe the other day and it tastes surprisingly close to real ice cream. Very simple to make too…
5. Whipped Peanut Butter Snack
You can mix whipping cream and peanut butter together for a quick on-the-go snack.
6. Scrambled Eggs
Try adding a spoonful or two of heavy whipping cream to your eggs to give them a bit more flavor and tenderness.
Heavy Whipping Cream vs Whipping Cream?
The difference is mainly in the fat content. They are normally interchangeable in recipes. You might get a slightly different outcome from one to the other though.
|Heavy Whipping Cream||36–39% fat||5.6g Fat (1 tbs)|
|Whipping Cream||30–35% fat||4.6g Fat (1 tbs)|
Both of these creams have stabilizer and emulsifier ingredients added in. This gives them a longer shelf life and helps you “whip” the cream. You can’t find the basic “heavy cream” in stores like you used to. If you CAN find it, that cream would be healthier since it doesn’t have the additives.
How do you Actually Whip HWC?
You can “whip” HWC by blending it. The cream needs to be cold or this won’t work. The ideal temperature is between 35 degrees and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
When you blend (or whisk) the cream, air is trapped inside pockets of fat giving it that fluffy texture you see in whipped cream. [*]
HWC can be an awesome addition to your ketogenic diet plan. There are a number of great uses for it in things like keto coffee, soups, sauces, smoothies, etc. Just keep in mind, a single tablespoon has .45g of carbs in it. Heavy whipping cream is perfectly fine on keto when it is used in moderation.