Whipping cream is a common (and yummy) ingredient in many recipes, but some people avoid it because of dairy allergies or the high-fat content. But the good news is, there are several alternatives for this recipe! You can also use these alternatives if you happen to be out of whipping cream while baking or cooking.

Butter and Milk

Mix 1/3 cup softened butter with 3/4 cup milk for a whipping cream substitute. Using an electric mixer will help achieve the desired consistency. This is not a dairy-free option, but it works if you are out of whipping cream and need it for a recipe. This ratio is the equivalent of 1 cup of cream. This substitute works for baking or cooking.

Dry Milk, Lemon Juice and Vanilla

Using an electric mixer, combine 1/3 cup ice water with 1 1/4 tsp. lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, slowly add 1/3 cup dry, nonfat milk. Beat at a medium speed for five minutes and check the consistency. If the mixture needs to stiffen a bit, keep mixin’ for another five minutes. Sprinkle in 2 tbsp. sugar and beat for another minute or two.

Banana and Egg White

For anyone shying away from dairy, beat one ripe banana with an egg white. Keep an eye on the mixture so that you can stop beating when it reaches the desired consistency. If needed, add sugar to sweeten the final product.

Chilled Evaporated Milk

Chill 13 oz. of evaporated milk in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 12 hours. Combine the chilled evaporated milk with 1 tsp. lemon juice and beat with an electric mixer. Continue whipping until the mix reaches your desired consistency or stiffness.

Frozen, Non-Dairy Topping

Several varieties of frozen, non-dairy toppings are available at the grocery. Thaw the desired amount before using, but don’t allow it to sit at room temperature. Use it right away!

Milk, Cornstarch, and Flour

For a low-fat, low-carb alternative to whipping cream, whisk together 1 cup of low-fat or fat-free milk with 2 tbsp. of cornstarch. When combined, continue whisking and add 1 tbsp. flour. You can also use almond or rice milk. This substitute works best in recipes that call for whipping cream as a thickening agent.