I recently gave up dairy and discovered coconut milk as my go-to alternative. I’ve been surprised how versatile this ingredient is. This is one of my favorite alternatives because I don’t feel I’m compromising taste or texture in any of my recipes and unlike coconut oil, it does not taste like coconut.
I use it in my coffee in the morning. Not only does it have less calories than milk or cream, it is only has 50 calories per 1/3 cup serving. If you’re wondering if your coffee is going to taste like coconut, let me assure you that it doesn’t. I use Native Forest coconut milk which is organic and their cans are BPA free. I also use So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk in cartons. The great thing about either of these is that you can store them in your pantry until you’re ready to use them.
In a recent hotel stay, I had gone to the store to buy Lite Coconut Milk for my morning coffee. I had stopped by the hotel restaurant to get an iced coffee. They happen to add dairy to their coffees, so I gave the girl my coconut milk as a replacement. All I can say is you’ve got to try it. She added vanilla and caramel sugar-free syrup (At home I use a mixture of 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 part water and 1 part honey as a simple syrup) to the bottom of the cup, then ice, 1/3 cup of the coconut milk, and about 1/4 cup of very strong coffee. It was just as creamy and delicious as if she used cream. I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t caught on yet at restaurants. I see soy or almond milk, but not coconut milk.
I’ve used coconut milk in my curries, soups and potatoes. You can even make ice cream in your ice cream maker with it. Just add pulverized bananas to sweeten it up (no sugar required) and a little vanilla. Pretty much anywhere you use milk or cream you can add coconut milk.
These are the three versions of coconut milk:
- Coconut Milk – Use as a creamer or milk replacement
- Lite Coconut Milk – Less heavier than regular coconut milk, but just as creamy.
- Coconut Cream – A thicker version of coconut milk. Use as a cream replacement or use to make whipped cream (just store in the frig until ready to use).
I hope you give it a try. Drop me a line and let me know how you like it.