Are you looking for a healthy dairy-free milk alternative? Coconut milk is an excellent nutrient-dense, flavorful option. Coconut milk comes from extracting liquid from the fat of a coconut and adding it to water. The healthy fats found in coconuts are an excellent source of immune-supporting lauric acid, metabolism-boosting medium chain fatty acids and the minerals manganese and iron. Coconut milk is also a decent source of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc, folate and vitamin C.
Although store-bought options are convenient, the ingredients listed can be problematic. For example, here are the ingredients for So Delicious Original: organic coconut milk (coconut cream, water, guar gum), organic evaporated cane juice, calcium phosphate, magnesium phosphate, carrageenan, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D-2, L-Selenomethionine, zinc oxide, folic acid, vitamin B-12.
To recap coconut milk, refined sugar, poor quality minerals and synthetic vitamins. Canned coconut milk is also not ideal as most contain Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical linked to endocrine problems and guar gum, a galactomannan that may cause digestive issues.
The good news is, it’s relatively easy to make your own delicious coconut milk at home. One quick and easy way is to blend coconut cream with water. Another great way is to follow the recipe and video by clicking here.
In a “Coco-Nut Shell”
Add 2 cups organic shredded coconut and 4 cups hot (not boiling) water to blender. Blend on high for several minutes until thick and creamy. Strain through a colander, then squeeze through a nut milk bag to filter.
Enjoy fresh coconut milk with…
- Iced coffee & Vanilla Stevia
- Banana strawberry protein shake
- (as whipped cream) with Maple Pancakes
- Unsweetened cocoa powder & Raspberry Stevia
- Banana berry quinoa
- Mushroom and spinach omelet
- Baked coconut curry chicken
- Slow-roasted goat stew with sweet potato & kale
- Lamb meatballs with green curry sauce
- Butternut squash soup with ginger & basil
Best coconut products: Tropical Traditions, Let’s Do Organic or Artisana
Top choice for canned coconut milk: Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk