Heavy Cream Substitute

Heavy Cream Substitute

Looking for a lower-fat cream substitute to use in place of some recipes calling for heavy cream? Try this made-over recipe!

Per 1 cup: 131 calories and 2.5g fat

Saves: 516 calories and 64.2g fat!


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Serves: 1 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 7 mins
Cooking Time: 5 mins
Extra Time: 1 hr
(for refrigeration)

Yield: 1 x 9 fl. oz (approx. 1 cup)

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About this Recipe Makeover

For some recipes that call for heavy cream, the calories and fat can be skimmed off with "Heavy Cream Substitute". By replacing the whole milk with water and tapioca, and the butter with low-fat ricotta cheese, the calories and fat drop dramatically.

Ingredients Show Makeover Show Traditional

  • 2 Tbsp small tapioca pearls, dry (such as Minute Tapioca)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup whole milk (3.25%)


Put the tapioca and water into a small sauce pan and let it sit for 5 minutes. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add in a small amount of the ricotta cheese to the tapioca mixture. Then, continue to gradually add the remaining ricotta cheese to the tapioca mixture.* Pour the mixture into a blender and purée until creamy (about 1 minute).

Cover and refrigerate until room temperature, or keep chilled until ready to use.


If using part-skim ricotta cheese, adjust the nutrition.

Serving suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.


* To avoid curdling, gradually add in the ricotta cheese to the hot tapioca mixture.

This recipe may not be suitable for some baked recipes.

Thanks to Recipe and photo courtesy of Aimee's Adventures: www.aimeesadventures.com

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 131 cals
Kilojoules 546 kJ
Fat 2.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 65 mg
Carbohydrates 20.5 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 3.7 g
Protein 5.0 g
Calcium 111.0 mg
CALORIES 647 cals
Kilojoules 2,704 kJ
Fat 66.7 g
Saturated Fat 41.9 g
Cholesterol 179 mg
Sodium 505 mg
Carbohydrates 8.3 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Total Sugars 9.7 g
Protein 6.5 g
Calcium 225.0 mg
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