Cream & Whipped Cream Alternative!

I love finding out about new products that are delicious and healthy alternatives, don’t you?

There is a new product on the market-it’s a dairy-free substitute for heavy cream. It is called Mimicreme and is made from almonds and cashews. The consistency is thick and similar to heavy cream. The only drawback is that it does NOT whip into whipped cream, but the company is working on formulating it so it will in the near future.

It comes in unsweetened, sweetened and sugar-free. I only like the unsweetened because I do not eat refined/white sugar and I try not to consume things with the least amount of ingredients.Here are the ingredients:

MimicCreme Unsweetened—Purified Water, Almonds, Cashews, Sodium Bicarbonate, Rice Starch, Non-Iodized Salt

MimicCreme Sweetened—Purified Water, Nut Blend (Almonds, Cashews), Sugar (Vegan), Maltodextrin (Corn Based), Tapioca Starch, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Bicarbonate Soda, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt

MimicCreme Sweetened Sugar Free—Purified Water, Erythritol, Almonds, Cashews, Maltodextrin (Corn Based), Tapioca Starch, Guar Gum, Bicarbonate Soda, Non-Iodized Salt

It contains 10-25 calories per Tablespoon, 0-1 gram of fat and no trans-fat(bad fats) and very little else. It’s low in sodium and doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value. That said, it is much healthier than the other “dairy alternatives”. I do wish they would use organic ingredients especially almonds since they are heavily sprayed with pesticides. Let’s hope they will offer an organic version soon.

Healthy Whip-is made from the same ingredients and is a whipped cream alternative. It whips up fluffy and stiff and stays firm for at least a week. It does have a little bit of a funny aftertaste, which can be masked with vanilla, almond or lemon extracts. Excellent in place of whipped cream and delicious on top of fresh fruit or cake.

I have seen it for sale at Draeger’s Markets(Bay Area), Staff of Life(Santa Cruz), Clark’s Nutrition(Southern California). I am sure many independent health food stores are carrying it and if not you can request it. It is not in Whole Foods yet(as of the time of writing this article).

I must say that I love Mimicreme Unsweetened for making a very frothy topping for a warm cup of chai or cappuccino or hot chocolate. It’s so similar in texture to frothed milk that you may even fool your friends. I heat up a 1/2 cup until it is warm and use a hand-held frother (available at  Jones and Bones, Sur la Table and kitchen stores) or the steaming arm of a cappuccino machine works terrific. I slowly pour/spoon the froth over my hot beverage of choice. Try the Chai or Hot Chocolate in my cookbook, No Wheat No Dairy No Problem, which personally autographed copies are  for sale on this site Only. See Recipe of the Week.

I am experimenting with using it for other recipes and will probably use some in my next cookbook. For more information and recipes to directly to their website www.mimicreme.com and let us know how you like it by posting a comment on this blog under this article/post.

Enjoy and Be Well, Chef Lauren

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