How to substitute for coconut milk, coconut oil & more in recipes


Years ago, a reader named Brisa emailed to lớn ask how to lớn substitute for coconut in recipes.

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I was wondering, what would be a good substitute for coconut milk & coconut oil? I don’t lượt thích the taste of coconut và I would prefer lớn buy things that my whole family could use.

Coconut, which is technically a fruit or drupe (not a tree nut), has so much to offer dairy-free consumers. But not everyone likes the flavor that it imparts. Also, coconut allergies are a reality for some people. The following includes some of my personal tips from Go Dairy Free: The Guide và Cookbook to help you substitute for coconut milk and oil in recipes, while keeping them dairy-free.


How to Substitute for Canned Coconut Milk

This is the “authentic” stuff that comes in the cans & is available in light or regular / full fat. You can read more about it in my Coconut Milk Primer. We like this ingredient for its natural, rich profile that mimics dairy cream in consistency. Though a substitute is never “the real thing,” here are some options that should work in your recipes:

Nut Cream – This is my personal preference & a great option for those who aren’t allergic lớn tree nuts. You can make nut cream from any soft nut, but I lượt thích cashews the best. They have the most neutral flavor, but with a slight sweetness. See the Essential Dairy Subs chapter in Go Dairy Free: The Guide & Cookbook for my homemade Nut Cream recipe, or use this simple Heavy Cashew Cream Recipe that we have posted online.

Silken Tofu – Pureed silken tofu is a fair stand-in for coconut milk in recipes, & one that low fat dieters sway toward. Brands that come in aseptic packages, such as Mori-nu, seem khổng lồ yield good results. Just be sure to lớn pick an organic or non-GMO variety.

Fat + Liquid – If the coconut milk is used in a baked good, you can replace it with a combination of oil or dairy-free margarine & additional liquid. The liquid could be a low fat milk alternative, juice, or water. Whatever you feel goes best with your recipe. Here are some ratios to go by:

1 cup coconut milk = 1/4 cup oil + ba phần tư cup liquid1 cup coconut milk = 1/3 cup melted dairy-free margarine + 2/3 cup liquid

Dairy-Free Creamer – If the recipe calls for light coconut milk, you can lean on soy, almond, or pea protein creamer for a fair coconut-free substitute.

No Coconut Allergy? There’s no denying the pronounced flavor of good unique coconut milk. But I think it melds seamlessly into recipes that hotline for complimentary ingredients like curry, mint, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes. In fact, no one ever guesses that my popular pumpkin pie recipe is made with coconut. And you can partially mask coconut flavor with ingredients lượt thích vanilla extract. In sweet recipes where I don’t want a pronounced coconut flavor, I often add một nửa to 1 một nửa teaspoons of vanilla extract per cup of coconut milk.

How lớn Substitute for Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is the very thick cream that forms when coconut milk separates. You can learn more about it in my and my Visual Guide to Coconut Milk và Cream. It’s used in recipes khổng lồ replace heavy cream và can be whipped lớn substitute whipped cream.

Nut Cream – A thicker nut cream works well in place of coconut cream in many recipes. See the Essential Dairy Subs chapter in Go Dairy Free: The Guide & Cookbook for my homemade Nut Cream recipe. It doesn’t whip lượt thích coconut cream, but it still adds a creamy finish khổng lồ desserts, sauces, and more.

Silken TofuExtra-firm silken tofu purees easily & is a nice, thick 1:1 substitute for coconut cream. It’s also a great option if you prefer a lower fat alternative.

Store Bought Cream Alternatives – Most brands of dairy-free “cream” or “whipped cream” are made with coconut. But there are a few coconut-free products on the market. See my Guide khổng lồ Dairy-Free Whipped Cream to learn more about the options.

No Coconut Allergy? like coconut milk, coconut cream can “disappear” into recipes with bold flavors, lượt thích chocolate. But if it’s the star of the show, I would stick with one of the substitute options above.

How to Substitute for Coconut Milk Beverage

It’s easy to lớn confuse coconut milk beverage with canned coconut milk, since those cartons are becoming quite popular. Make sure khổng lồ clarify which type is being used in a recipe. If it is coconut milk “beverage” (the stuff sold in cartons under brands like So Delicious và Silk), then you can substitute your favorite dairy-free milk alternative in an equivalent amount.

I lượt thích cashew milk the best, as it is richer, lượt thích coconut milk beverage, và has a versatile flavor. However, you can substitute for coconut milk beverage with soymilk, almond milk, rice milk, or just about any other milk alternative. There are so many!

But different dairy-free milk beverages can produce slightly different results in some recipes, and the flavor profile should always be taken into consideration. For example, some people like the taste of almond milk beverage in mashed potatoes, while others loathe it. & sauces might thicken differently depending on the fat nội dung and additives in the milk beverage.

No Coconut Allergy? If you use dairy-free milk beverage regularly on cereal and in smoothies, then there isn’t much point in keeping coconut milk beverage on hand if you don’t lượt thích it. But if you mostly use it in recipes, don’t run from coconut milk beverage without trying it. It’s mild enough that you won’t taste “coconut” in most soups, sauces, và baked goods. And it has a natural richness that performs well in many recipes.

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How khổng lồ Substitute for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the few plant-based fats that has a high ratio of saturated fat, like dairy. This makes it solid at cooler room temperatures, offering more versatility và a somewhat buttery texture. Nonetheless, it isn’t required for baking or cooking.

If a solid fat is needed in your recipe, then you can turn khổng lồ organic palm shortening (look for RSPO certified for sustainable options). Palm shortening has a more neutral flavor, và is always solid at room temperature, but it has similar properties khổng lồ coconut oil. Another alternative is dairy-free buttery spreads or sticks (formerly known as non-hydrogenated margarine!). Buttery spreads and sticks have a little more flavor than coconut oil, but this may not be a bad thing. Food-grade cocoa butter can also work well as a substitute in some recipes that điện thoại tư vấn for coconut oil’s firming power, including no-bake treats.

If your recipe calls for melted coconut oil, you can substitute it with your favorite baking or cooking oil. I lean toward grapeseed oil and olive oil, but you might like canola or vegetable. They will all work comparably as a substitute for coconut oil in recipes. Just keep the overall flavor profile of the dish or baked good in mind. I include additional information on how lớn use oils in baking & oil smoke points for cooking in Go Dairy Free: The Guide và Cookbook.

No Coconut Allergy? If you aren’t allergic khổng lồ coconut, but you just hate the taste, then you can look for a refined coconut oil. The coconut flavor & scent is removed in the refining process, & it performs exactly the same in recipes as unrefined coconut oil.

How to Substitute for Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is essentially pureed coconut meat. It retains all of the fats, solids, và flavor of coconut. I don’t reach for coconut butter often, but you might see it in some “healthier” recipes.

In no bake bites, bars, & energy balls, you can usually substitute your favorite nut or seed butter for coconut butter. You might need a little extra moisture since coconut butter is fattier than nut butters.

In baked goods like cookies, dairy-free buttery sticks often work in place of coconut butter. In muffins or quick breads, any type of baking oil or buttery spread can usually work. Or you might opt khổng lồ substitute part nut or seed butter (about 1/3) và part oil (about 2/3).

No Coconut Allergy? Coconut butter does have a very pronounced flavor. So if you are averse to the taste of coconut, I would go with one of the substitution options above.

How to lớn Substitute for Shredded Coconut

These days you can easily find coconut flakes, unsweetened coconut shreds, và sweetened coconut shreds in stores. They are typically used lớn provide coconut flavor and texture to lớn recipes.

In most recipes, you can simply omit the coconut or swap in another flavorful add-in like chocolate chips, seeds, sliced almonds, other chopped nuts, or dried fruit. However, flaked or shredded coconut does release some oils as it cooks or bakes. Và sweetened shredded coconut supplies even more moisture. So your end result might be just a cảm biến drier without the coconut. If so, you can add just a wee bit more oil or sweetener in your next batch.

Some people like to substitute rolled or quick oats for coconut. This can be a good idea from a taste & texture perspective. But keep in mind that coconut releases oil while oats absorb moisture. The latter will produce a drier finished good.

No Coconut Allergy? Shredded and flaked coconut is the real stuff. If you are averse to the flavor of coconut, I just recommend omitting or replacing the coconut as mentioned above.

How to lớn Substitute for Coconut Sugar

In an effort to make sweets healthier, a lot of recipe creators use coconut sugar. It is lower on the glycemic index than regular cane sugar, but it’s also a little less sweet. & some people might not lượt thích the more subdued coconut-caramel lượt thích flavor.

The easiest substitute for coconut sugar is sucanat, which is essentially unrefined cane sugar. It can be swapped in a 1:1 ratio. For a more intense flavor, you can substitute lightly-packed brown sugar. If you firmly pack the brown sugar, expect a sweeter result.

No Coconut Allergy? Coconut sugar does have it’s own unique flavor, but it isn’t as “coconut” in taste as many other coconut foods. Even if you are averse khổng lồ the taste of coconut, you might like it.