Aquafaba Whipped Cream

This four-ingredient aquafaba whipped cream recipe is a delicious and versatile vegan alternative to traditional whipped cream. Aquafaba is the liquid leftover from cooking chickpeas. You can whip it into a fluffy, creamy consistency. It’s the perfect light and fluffy topping on desserts and fresh fruit.

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Aquafaba whip cream has a neutral flavor That’s great because you can add sweeteners and extracts to enhance it.

I’ve had a lot of experience with this recipe because it orignated as an egg-free aquafaba meringue. There are a variety of things you can do with this magical ingredient! This is what I use on my vegan coconut meringue pie. We love it!

Aquafaba whipped cream is also naturally gluten-free. Use it to add a touch of creamy decadence to any dish without the added guilt.

Key Ingredients

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Aquafaba — Use the liquid from a can of cooked chickpeas.
  • Cream of Tartar — This is a stabilizing agent for the aquafaba and highly recommended.
  • Vanilla — We’ll add vanilla extract during the whipping process for flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar — Use regular powdered sugar or substitute sugar-free for a low-carb version.

How to Whip Aquafaba

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  1. Transfer aquafaba to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add cream of tartar and whip until bubbly.
  3. Whip some more, then add the vanilla.
  4. Continue whipping and add the powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time.
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Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • FUN — It’s a fun science experiment in your kitchen to see liquid in a can of chickpeas whip up into something extraordinary.
  • EASY — There are only four ingredients in this recipe, and it takes only minutes to bring it together.
  • LIGHT — This whipped cream has a light and airy texture!

Frequently-Asked Questions

How does aquafaba whipped cream taste?

This plant-based whipped cream has a neutral flavor that allows it to be flavored with various sweeteners and extracts. Use it to enhance any sweet dish or a bowl of fresh fruit.

How long does aquafaba whipped cream last?

Serve it freshly whipped and then store it in the fridge, where it will stay whipped for around 24 hours. The good news is you can re-whip it once it deflates. You can also freeze it!

Can you make aquafaba whipped cream sugar-free?

The flavor of this whipped cream without sugar is a bit tart, but you can definitely make it without sugar. You can also add zero-calorie sugar, such as monkfruit or stevia.

Serving Suggestions

Serve dollops of aquafaba whip cream with your favorite desserts and breakfasts, such as:

  • Fresh fruit — serve dollops of whipped cream over fresh fruit for a healthy snack.
  • Just Egg French Toast — I can’t think of a better dish to add whipped cream to than indulgent French toast!
  • Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes — Want to transform healthy pancakes into something decadent while keeping it healthy? Add a dollop or two of this healthy whipped cream!
  • Orange Turmeric Cake — Slices of this colorful cake are even tastier with some whipped cream on top!

Storage Tips

Store this whipped cream in the fridge for up to 24 hours or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Vegan Whipped Cream

If you’re a whipped cream fan and want alternatives, here are more options for plant-based whipped cream:

Whipped cream sits on top of a bowl of fresh fruit.

Aquafaba Whipped Cream

Make this light plant-based whipped cream to serve as a low-calorie topping over fresh fruit, desserts, pancakes, and more.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 25kcal


Aquafaba Whipped Cream

  • ¾ cup bean brine liquid from one can of chickpeas
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (Add 1 to 2 tablespoons for sweeter results)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


For the Chickpea Brine (Aquafaba Meringue)

  • Assess the liquid from one can of chickpeas (salted or unsalted). See notes below. Transfer aquafaba into a mixing bowl.
    Looking down on a measuring cup with bean brine from a can of chickpeas.
  • Add cream of tartar to the mixing bowl and mix for a minute or two until the mixture begins to become frothy.
    Cream of tartar is being added to a mixing bowl with a liquid ingredient.
  • Mix for a minute or so longer, then add vanilla.
    Vanilla is added to whipped cream in a stand mixer.
  • Then add in the powdered sugar. You can whip this one tablespoon at a time, until you get the desired sweetness.
    Powdered Sugar is being added to whipped cream in a stand mixer bowl.
  • Whip until the aquafaba develops stiff peaks, then serve imediately.

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I used Swerve powdered sugar to make my aquafaba whipped cream sugar-free.

Assessing Aquafaba Liquid

The liquid from your chickpeas should have a bit of golden color and should not be overly thin. If your aquafaba is super thin, cook it in a saucepan until it thickens.
Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.001g | Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 0.2mg | Iron: 0.01mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

4 Responses to Aquafaba Whipped Cream

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKaren Bartels Reply

    Can you use butter beans instead of chickpeas

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Karen! I have not tried butter bean aquafaba, but I’ve read great things about it, so I think it would be g great option.

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJamie Reply

    5 stars
    I use this same recipe using granulated sugar as a meringue topping for pies. It browns nicely, doesn’t weep like an egg white meringue, and is delicious! My non vegan relatives love it!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Yes, Jamie! I agree. I have a recipe for aquafaba meringue and I use it all the time. It’s amazing! Thanks for your kind words – I appreciate your comment!

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