Coconut milk is delicious in soups, curries, smoothies, and even coffee! It is a creamy, dreamy and nutritious ingredient that can add a lot of flavor to your favorite recipe. Today we are going to chat about:
- What is coconut milk
- The benefits of coconut milk
- Different ways to use it
- How to store it
What is coconut milk?
Coconut milk is the delicious liquid that comes from the meat of a coconut. To make coconut milk, the meat is blended up with water and then strained through cheesecloth for the final canned product you can find at your local grocery store.
Coconut milk is not a new product, but if coconuts aren’t native to your area or if it is unique to your kitchen, the products can come with a bit of a learning curve. There is canned coconut milk, boxed coconut milk, coconut cream, and coconut water and every one of them has a different purpose in your kitchen! Today we are just focusing on the canned coconut milk used for cooking and baking.
Coconut Milk Health Benefits
Coconut milk can seem like a substantial ingredient if you are looking at it in terms of calories, but those calories hold a lot of nutritional value in them. One serving of coconut milk (depending on the brand) is around 100 calories, has 10 grams of healthy fats, and only 1 gram of carbs. The amount of fat packed into this ingredient makes it a great dairy substitute for everyone but especially for people following a keto or paleo diet.
Fat is an essential part of every diet as it is fuel for our cells, balances blood sugar, aids in reducing inflammation, nourishes our brain, nervous system, our hair, skin, and nails. Coconut milk is a very nutrient-dense source of fat, which makes it the perfect breakfast milk to use in your oatmeal, chia pudding, and coffee.
The high percentage of healthy fat in coconut milk is a huge plus, but that is not all it has to offer. It is also packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to bring quality nutrition and numerous health benefits.
Ways to Use Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is not only a nutrient dense pantry staple to keep on hand, it also creates luxurious meals. Here are some of my favorites!
Keto Lemon Chia Pudding is packed with fat, fiber and protein with only 5 net carbs. You will love this filling breakfast that tastes just like dessert!
Did you know that you can make thick and completely vegan coconut caramel sauce from a can of coconut milk?!
This amazing Green Coconut Curry Lentil Soup is an easy vegan dinner idea that makes amazing leftovers. Great for meal prep, healthy, hearty and so tasty!
A creamy, 6-ingredient cucumber smoothie with coconut, lime, pineapple, and greens! A nutrient-rich, refreshing smoothie that will beautify you from the inside out!
This dairy-free keto fudge is creamy chocolate heaven! This is a truly delicious low carb dessert you have to try.
This Butternut Squash Soup is creamy, flavorful, and so easy to make! You’re going to love this healthy soup recipe, made with apple and roasted butternut squash.
Creamy Coconut Shrimp with tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and basil is a delicious Whole30 and Paleo-friendly meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes!
Rich creamy coconut milk alfredo sauce is simply delicious and a totally comforting sauce. This is a kind of healthy substitution for your regular alfredo sauce.
How to use and store coconut milk
When you open your can of coconut milk it will probably be separated with the coconut cream (the fat content) at the top and the coconut water at the bottom. Before you add your coconut milk to your recipe make sure to give it a good spin in your blender first until the ingredients are well combined and the texture somewhat resembled heavy cream. Store any leftover coconut milk in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
If your leftover milk is starting to go bad you can freeze the liquid into cubes and pop them into smoothies or cocktails.
- Canned Coconut Milk
- To get your coconut milk the correct consistency, which is somewhat the same as heavy cream, open the can and pour everything into a blender.
- Blend for 1-2 minutes until coconut cream and coconut water are well combined.
- Store in an airtight container