Discover the many ways coconut milk can make ordinary meals exotic, plant-based and delicious.
Organic Coconut Milk is a great, dairy free alternative to milk. With a thick consistency, a rich creamy texture and a slightly sweet, nutty and ‘tropical’ flavour, it can turn an ordinary meal into an exotic one. Coconut milk is extremely versatile, making it a great pantry staple. It also supports a sustainable, plant-based diet, along with a variety of health benefits. Find out more about the benefits of coconut milk and how to use it in a variety of dishes from curries and soups to desserts and smoothies.
What’s the difference between coconut milk and coconut cream?
Coconut milk and coconut cream are both made from the white flesh of the coconut. Canned coconut milk has a thick, creamy consistency, and is typically used for baking or cooking. Coconut cream is thicker, richer and more concentrated, with a slightly higher fat content. Use it when you want an extra thick texture, such as frosting or a thick sauce. Most recipes will specify to use coconut cream or coconut milk, but in general, they can be used interchangeably.
The Health Benefits of Coconut
It is debatable whether coconuts are classified as a nut, fruit or seed. Whatever you want to call it, coconuts are nutrient dense and include protein, fibre and essential minerals such as iron, manganese, copper and magnesium. They also offer a variety of health benefits.
- Medium-chain Triglycerides (MCTs)
Coconut milk and cream are sources of ‘healthy fats’ referred to as medium-chain triglycerides. Several studies have found that consuming MCTs promotes weight loss by decreasing appetite and increasing energy, while also supporting a well-balanced gut microbiota.
2. All Fats Are Not Created Equal
Concerned with the fat content of coconut milk? While it does have a high amount of saturated fat, different sources of saturated fats can affect the body differently. Coconut contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are much easier for the body to digest than animal fat. MCFAs are considered a “healthy” form of saturated fat. The body metabolizes these fats in the liver, quickly converting them into energy (fuel for brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat. MCFA’s also increases metabolism which helps keep weight off.
3. Supports Immunity
This ‘healthy’ form of saturated fat contains lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid, all which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties that support the immune system.
4. Electrolytes and Vitamins
Coconut milk contains the electrolytes potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. Potassium plays a role in regulating the heartbeat, maintaining function of the muscles and nerves, synthesising protein and metabolising carbohydrates. Magnesium supports the immune system and is required for healthy nerve and muscle function. Phosphorus is crucial for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Coconut milk also contains vitamins C and E, which are well known for their antioxidant properties.
Vegan, Dairy Free and Lactose Free
Coconut milk is a great alternative for those who must avoid dairy or choose to limit it in their diets. If you’re looking to add more plant-based foods into your diet, coconut milk is an easy swap. Plant-based diets are gaining in popularity as it supports environmental sustainability. Learn more about popular diet trends in one of our blogs.
Ditch the additives.
Not all coconut milk is made equal. Chantal Organics Coconut Milk & Coconut Cream is certified organic and made with all natural ingredients, without any additives or emulsifiers. Will it be different to conventional brands?
Without the emulsifiers, the fat naturally separates from the water content (which is really helpful when making vegan whipped cream). Usually, a good stir combines the two together. We have found the best way to ensure creamy coconut milk is to use a wire whisk to completely blend it. In colder temperatures, it may take a bit of extra elbow grease. Alternatively, place the closed can in warm water to warm the product and make the whisking easier.
Which type of coconut milk should I buy?
If a clean diet is high on your list, it’s best to buy organic coconut products that contain very few ingredients. Read ingredient lists to avoid added sugars, preservatives, and artificial thickeners, such as gums.
Whether you’re new to coconut milk or a longtime fan, here are some of our favourite recipes.
Who loves a curry for dinner? Whip up this plant-based, Red Kidney Bean Coconut Curry in less than 30 minutes, using pantry staples.
In only 20 minutes, you could enjoy this Tofu Coconut Curry. Use any seasonal veggies you have on hand.
This Cauliflower & Chickpea Masala is packed full of nourishing plant-based goodness. Spoil yourself or serve it to guests, this dish is a guaranteed winner!
This impressive Peanut Butter Coconut Cream Pie is both gluten and dairy free and is perfect for a special occasion.
If you prefer a baked cake, this Coconut Cake not only looks amazing, but tastes amazing! It’s made with a combination of extra virgin sweet almond oil and virgin coconut oil for a deep flavour.
Everyone loves a popsicle! These Grilled Pineapple and Coconut Popsicles are deliciously refreshing.
For something a bit different, try this Coconut Lime Dressing. Perfect to have on a cold noodle salad.
This Caramel Tahini Smoothie is outta this world delicious! This super thick caramel smoothie is made with tahini, coconut milk and virgin coconut oil.
Who loves a hot Chocolate? Using coconut milk makes this hot cocoa decadently rich and oh-so-delicious. Choose from three varieties with this Hot Chocolate recipe.
Plantain & Coconut Gratin is a common dish in the Caribbean. Consider it a unique alternative to lasagne. Plantains are full of fibre and vitamins (A, C and B6), and are rich in potassium.
It’s easy to fall in love with coconut milk. It’s versatile and easy to use, while also delicious and healthy. As with anything, it’s best eaten in moderation. Head over to our facebook page and let us know your favourite way to use Chantal Organics Coconut Milk.