Tasty Ways To Use Coconut Milk in Your Dairy-Free Recipes

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Forget that it’s trendy — coconut is one of most unique foods on the planet and one of the best for you too! It has a unique fatty acid and amino acid structure unlike no other food; it’s filled with electrolytes, B vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, and to beat all, there are multiple ways you can use all parts of the coconut. From the meat (pulp) to the oil to the milk and drying the meat of the coconut to make shreds or whip it into coconut butter, most no other food comes with so much versatility in raw form. Plus, coconut makes for a great dairy replacement if you’re looking to go dairy-free, are allergic, or just trying to add more plant-based foods into your diet.

Coconut milk is one of the most unique forms of coconut because it’s easy to make dairy-free whipped cream, use in place of typical coffee creamer, can be used anywhere dairy milk is called for, is easy to digest, full of good fats, and also easy to find in organic forms. You can even make it yourself in just a few minutes! If you buy store-bought coconut milk, look for organic and non-genetically modified sources to be sure you’re choosing the best. Then, opt for culinary style coconut milks (either in BPA-free cans or in Tetra-pak containers) versus highly processed coconut milks that have lots of additives and sugar. Not only is this better for you, but pure coconut milk also works better in recipes since it’s thicker and adds more viscosity wherever it’s added. Pure coconut milk is an excellent thick milk all on its own. If you decide to make your own coconut milk, you can however, flavor it with either vanilla bean, extracts, or add a pinch of sweetener of your choice.

Try these 15 recipes below using coconut milk as inspiration to experiment with more dairy-free options using the amazing coconut a little more often!

1. Raw Fruit Popsicles With Coconut

Summer is coming up, which means it’s time for popsicles and frozen delights. These popsicles aren’t just rich and indulgent tasting, but also incredibly good for you since they’re made of only the best whole food ingredients!

2. Lavender Coconut Ice Cream 

If you haven’t ever tried using the relaxing, intoxicating herb lavender in your recipes, this ice cream dish is a great chance to try it out. It adds a sweet, mellow, and just purely delightful addition to sweet desserts. Coconut milk makes a great ice cream ingredient that eliminates the need for milk or cream since it’s rich in healthy fats. Try it out in this ice cream recipe, perfect for the warmer months coming up!

3.  Raw Fruit and Coconut Ice Cream With a Brownie Crust

Surely an ice cream cake is enough to make anyone want to give coconut milk a try, right? This ice cream cake isn’t just an ice cream cake either — it’s a super delicious explosion of healthy ingredients and isn’t that hard to make, despite its beautiful nature. Filled with glorious fruits, real brownie flavors from raw cacao and natural sweeteners, and a creamy filling thanks to the coconut milk used, this cake is one to give a try. Give it a try for a celebration or a special dinner dessert!

4. Strawberry Shortcakes With a Coconut Whipped Cream Topping

Strawberry shortcakes are a favorite of many, and you can easily make your own whipped cream just using coconut milk. Try these cute little snack-like desserts out for your next cookout or when you just get a craving for a sweet, summery snack!

5. Vegan Bulletproof Coffee

We’re sure you’ve heard of the buzz around Bulletproof Coffee, which is typically made with grass-fed butter, coconut oil, and a high-quality coffee. Why not give it a try with coconut milk instead? You’ll still get the benefits from the fatty acids, which slows down the rush of caffeine in the body for a long stream of energy, which is the intention of the original recipe. The result? A creamy delight that benefits the brain and energy to last all day!

6. Khajur Gajar Halwa (Carrot and Date Pudding With Coconut and Cardamom)

Rice pudding is a great dessert to try in place of typical desserts you might normally make. It is sweet, rich, and can be flavored anyway you like. Using coconut milk in the recipe adds a special indulgence and also a bit of heartiness that makes this dessert more substantial without weighing you down. Try this ethnic-flavored rice pudding that features cardamom, a sweet and delightful spice that makes any dish better with just a dash!

7. Grilled Vegan Apple Pie With Vanilla Coconut Whipped Cream

Apple pie? Count is in! And, with vegan whipped cream? Even better! Coconut milk whipped cream is much better than buying processed whipped cream alternatives at the store, mainly because there is no additives and it only takes a few minutes to make. It’s also cheaper, if you want to know the truth! These mini apple pies are great to dip in coconut whipped cream and are hand-grilled to add more sweet, rich flavor. Forget baking yours in the oven; try this recipe instead!

8. No Bake Coconut Pumpkin Pie

Okay, so it might not be fall, but who cares? Pumpkin pie is so delicious, it should really be enjoyed more times of the year outside of the holiday season. Plus, this recipe is no-bake, so you don’t even have to cut on your oven in the hot temps. Using coconut milk in place of evaporated milk normally called for makes for a thicker dessert and a much richer tasting one without all the excess sugar from lactose in dairy milk. Yes, please, and thank you!

10. Coconut Vanilla Cake

Coconut cake is a nice replacement to chocolate (at least ONCE in awhile). It’s also perfect for warmer weather desserts since it’s a tropical fruit loved by many. This cake features coconut shreds and coconut milk, plus fresh raspberries to compliment the dish and add a nice fresh flavor. Perfect for those summer get-together celebrations coming up soon!

11. Mild Coconut Carrot Soup With Shitake, Cilantro, and Spring Onion

Sometimes you just a need a bowl of soup. Period. But everyone gets tired of veggie soup once in awhile, right? Making an easy, yet exotic soup is one of the best ways to get yourself out of a soup rut and learn to embrace new flavors. This soup features a wide variety of not only healthy ingredients, but also flavor-packed ones at that. From the mushrooms to the coconut milk to the ginger and the onion, this soup will warm you soul unlike any other!

12. Raspberry and Coconut Glazed Donuts

Donuts! Yes, life is sweet when you can enjoy delicious donuts without an ounce of animal products included. For those that want a fruity, rich and sweet donut, this recipe is for you. Just be warned — if you leave these around your house, you probably won’t have many left for yourself!

13. Mango, Coconut and Sultana Naans

Don’t these just look double dip worthy? Naan is a delightful bread that’s sweet, toasty, and slightly soft … basically, it’s the perfect dipping bread. Sultanas are like raisins and add a nice warming sweetness to this bread while coconut milk is used to add even more richness. You can dip these into vegan yogurt, spread vegan butter on them, or even dip them intohummus or cashew cream. 

14. Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Loaf

Tired of plain old pound cake or looking to go without all that butter used in typical loaf cakes? Give this vegan and gluten-free dessert a try; you’ll never know it’s missing the traditional ingredients because it’s sweet and rich all on its own!

15. Vegan Creamy Ginger Coconut Kale Zucchini Spaghetti

One of our most popular savory entrees using coconut milk, this pasta dish is perfect for spring and summer! Featuring green peas, spicy ginger, and succulent coconut milk, it’s a complete package of flavor wrapped up into a secretly healthy recipe!

So tell us, how are you going to enjoy coconut milk in place of dairy milk next? Whatever you choose, be sure to snap a picture and tag it with our #EatForThePlanet hashtag for our special #EatForThePlanet campaign so your recipe can be featured on our site!

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    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

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    The diet we recommend is vegan-based, and RAW FOODS. Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds are ideal.

    Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil are excellent products to have in your diet. The healthy fats will keep you fuller.

    Oxy-Drops can help balance your electrolytes that need to be replenished after a workout in order to keep your body performing efficiently. 

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    Q: I purchased the children's detox and received it a couple of days ago. After reading the pamphlet that came with it, I was wondering where/what kind of milk can I purchase for my baby while she is on the detox? For example it said almond, soy, rice milk... can I buy the regular boxed almond, soy, rice milk? Or if I am going to use coconut milk, can I use the canned coconut milk?

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    Yes, you can use almond, coconut, or any other nut milk. We do not reccomend soy.

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    Q: I just ordered the FULL BODY DETOX and I know there's a dietary regimen that I will have to follow. I was wondering if you would approve of a protein shake that consist of (raw hemp protein powder, raw almond butter, sea salt, flax seed, 100% young coconut water & meat inside the coconut, raw carob powder,) (optional soy or rice milk or soy or rice cream)

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    Doesn't sound like it will mess up your FULL BODY DETOX. Go for it! But leave out the rice/soy cream! The rice milk is okay (but it is processed/cooked)!

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    Q: I am an underweight but healthy 26 year old female. I would like to maintain my weight and I use organic canned coconut milk in my grain hot cereal. Is canned organic coconut milk acidic? If so, what brands are alkaline?

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    Anything canned is going to be acidic. What ever you use for make, let it be raw. Raw coconut milk fresh from the coconut is alkaline.

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    Q: I read that you do not recommend coconut oil, because of its thickness. Do you believe that coconut butter is healthy for human consumption? Thank you all the knowledge you generously share.

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    Actually, coconut oil is healthier for human consumption than coconut butter. Both are derived from a natural food source - the coconut, and thus may be consumed. Now as far as what the most healthiest oil, I don't think we can say it's coconut oil.

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    Q: I have heard that there are tremendous benefits in taking coconut oil - three teaspoons every day before a meal. I have high cholesterol ( I just ordered your cholesterol herbs). Can I still take the coconut oil everyday or will this make my cholesterol go up?

    A: Coconut Oil has tremendous health benefits. You should absolutely include it as part of your diet regimen.

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    Q: Yes coconut oil maybe natural but I go thru 3-4 jars per week, 1-1/2 a jar a day, not only is it making me broke out I do not think all that saturated fat is good for me. I know I lack a lot of protein and other vitamins in my diet. Could this lack of essential nutrition cause this weird craving? I don't know if it is the massive loss of blood due to the fibroids.

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    I think you know the answer for yourself. Therefore, stop eating the coconut oil. Take some vitamins and minerals and see if this helps. Sounds like PICA, a nutritional deficiency which causes cravings. Blood loss most certainly will cause loss of nutrients.

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    Q: I have the FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME, but before I start, are there any dairy products I can have? i.e. Coconut Milk ?

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    We do not advise you to take dairy products! Coconut milk is not a dairy product! Please read our article "Dangerous Dairy" in our articles section. It's a great read!

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    Q: Members of my house have started drinking Hemp Milk and Rice Milk. No more Cow Milk! We like the taste of both. I also like the fact that the hemp milk has omega and other nutrients in it. However, my son is three years old and we have discovered he is allergic to nuts because a family member gave him a cashew to eat, then his eyes began to swell up like Garfield the cat. I had him tested for food allergies and the test revealed he is allergic to nuts and soy. So I don't give him any nut products or soy products. My question for you is: "Is hemp a nut or a seed, is the hemp milk derived from a nut or a seed???" I need to know other alternatives if in fact it is a nut. I do not want to give him something toxic to him.

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    Hemp is a seed, not a nut, so hemp seed milk is okay for him.

    Nuts cashews - peanuts, soy

    Grains - rice, oats

    Fruit - almond, coconut, banana, date

    Hey, I'll do an article that will be up on Dherbs early next week!

    Peace and Love!

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    Q: YOU ARE PROBABLY WELL AWARE RIGHTNOW THAT I'M 45 AND I HAVE FIBROIDS. FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS I HAVE HAD A COCONUT OIL CRAVING. DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MAYBE LACKING WHY I CRAVE COCONUT OIL. I LIKE TO FREEZE IT AND THEN CRUNCH ON IT IN ITS SOLID STATE. I KNOW IT SOUNDS STRANGE BUT I STARTED THIS HABIT ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO. I DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS THE MASSIVE BLOOD LOSS DUE TO FIBROIDS, THAT HAS RESULTED IN THIS WEIRD CRAVING. I JUST DONT TAKE ONE TBSP, I TAKE ALOT MORE AND I CANT, AFFORD IT AND I KNOW THAT THIS HABIT IS NOT GOOD FOR ME.

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    I don't know the exact reasons why you are craving frozen coconut oil but clearly you are lacking something and your Body Intelligence instructed you to eat frozen coconut oil. The oil is perhaps serving as a vehicle for the fibroid debris so as to pull what debris it can out of your body. Coconut oil is natural so I don't see anything wrong with your newfound custom. As long as you're fine with it, keep doing it.

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    Q: I was looking at your recipes for infant milk. I am breast feeding but need to wean. I was interested in giving him rice milk (Rice Dream enriched with vitamin a, c, and other vitamins). However, the website says not for use as infant formula. Why would this not be a good substitute? What would this be lacking? Why is your recipe a complete formula for proper infant nutrition? Please Help a concerned new mom!

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    Rice Dream is fortified with SYNTHETIC nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and therefore it's not a good source of organic nutrition. If you use Rice Dream, please fortify it with organic nutrition like Dherbs.com Moringa Seed Extract, and Iodine Phosphate Extract (add 5 dropperfuls of each formula to infant milk).

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    Q: I am trying to wean my 11 month old son from breast milk to rice milk. I was told that rice milk did not have sufficient amounts of vitamins. What do suggest that I supplement with the rice milk. He is not tolerant of soy.

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    Please read our article â€ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILK†under our Articles section. Your answer(s) is there -- guaranteed!

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    Q: Is coconut oil a good cooking oil to use if a person has peripheral artery disease PID?

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    I don't recommend coconut oil! Use olive oil instead!

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    Q: I'm preparing to make the hemp seed infant milk recipe. Would I need to add Moringa Seed and/or Iodine Phosphate to your recipies? Also, could I freeze this Hemp seed milk and use later?

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    Yes, add Moringa and Iodine Phosphate to it (for nutritional purposes). And yes, you could freeze it the milk and use later, though fresh is always best.

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    Coconut oil has numerous benefits for the body including lubricating the joints, providing the body with good fats and antioxidant properties in addition to boosting your metabolism. Joint cracking can be from a several things due to older age, lack of nutrients, or injury. We suggest trying the Joint Aid and MSM Sulfur to help rejuvenate your joints.

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    Q: Hi there, I never got yeast infections before but I had my first one in March of this year (2015) and have been suffering ever since. I was first treated with fluconazole and the infection went a way for a few weeks and then came back to which I was treated with another dose... again, it came back. I was treated with one more dose of the fluconazole- 3 pills every other day, I'm not sure the strength.... and of course, it came back. I went back to the doc and said I wanted to try a different solution as this wasn't working. They sent my culture into the lab to test for a different strand of candida but it came back just a strong strand of candida albicans. I was sent home with a cream and told to try boric acid suppositories or get put on a weekly prescription of the fluconazole. I don't want to rely on perscription meds that seem to make it only come back stronger. If you have any advice, please please please help me I am so desperate. I have been taking probiotics, using coconut oil for relief and cutting out all sugar. Any help would be so much appreciated. Best, Rokki

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    We always recommend starting off with the Full Body Cleanse to help eliminate the toxins and waste that often contributes to recurring issues in the body. You should move on to the 10 Day Candida Cleanse to specifically address the candida presence in your body. After cleansing you should avoid consuming a lot of sugar, dairy and processed foods. You can also continue to take the Candida Normalizer as a maintenance.

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    Q: I was looking at your recipies for infant milk. I am breastfeeding but need to wean. I was interested in giving him rice milk (Rice Dream enriched with vit a, c,and other vitamins). However, the website says not for use as infant formula. Why would this not be a good substitute? What would this be lacking? Why is your recipie a complete formula for proper infant nutrition? Please Help a concerned new mom!

    A:

    Rice Dream is fortified with SYNTHETIC nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and therefore it's not a good source of organic nutrition. If you use Rice Dream, please fortify it with organic nutrition like Dherbs.com Moringa Seed Extract and Iodine Phosphate Extract (add 5 dropperfuls of each formula to infant milk).

    Article:
    Alternative Infant Formula Milk

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    Iodine Extract

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    Q: Can the substitution infant milk be frozen like breast milk, and then thawed when ready for use. If so what would the longest timeframe be to leave the milk frozen. Thank you.

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    Yes, it can be frozen. 2-3 days max!

    Please take time to read the following article:
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    Q: Greetings, My son just turned one and his day care provider is trying to convince me that he needs whole milk because of the fat in the milk promotes for healthy brain development. I have seen your article on â€ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILKâ€; do you suggest something for toddlers

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    I suggest any of the alternative milks I wrote about in the article (â€ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILKâ€) as they are better for babies, toddlers, children, etc. Cow milk is a toxin and poison to the human body.

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    Q: My daughter does not eat milk, or have any dairy products. she is beginning to show signs of pubic hair under her armpits, and is a lot taller than a lot or her peers. What can I do?

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    Do not worry! For what can you do? Her body is developing at the rate it is developing. Put right knowledge and information in her head, and she will be just fine! Accept what is!