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How To Cream Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a great alternative for those who follow a ketogenic & paleo diet and avoid dairy. It's high in fat, low in carbs and won't kick you out of ketosis. Also, just like coconut oil, it contains fat-burning MCTs. Provided you stick with your macros, coconut oil will help you burn body fat for fuel.

Creamed Coconut Milk vs Creamed Coconut

"Creamed" coconut milk is sometimes confused with creamed coconut which is essentially coconut butter, also known as coconut mana and it's made from dehydrated coconut meat. Make sure you don't confuse the two when following my recipes.

What is Creamed Coconut Milk Used For?

You can use "creamed" coconut milk just like dairy cream, cream cheese, yogurt or mascarpone. It can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes: for thickening sauces, making fat bombs or as frosting on low-carb cupcakes and pies.

Additionally, you can make keto chocolate mousse with it or simply eat with some berries on top. If you like yogurt, try making dairy-free yogurt from creamed coconut milk by using this technique, just use creamed coconut milk instead of regular coconut milk.

Not All Coconut Milk is Equal

There are two main types of coconut milk. Some products remain liquid while others "cream" when refrigerated. Products that remain liquid and don't thicken are not suitable for making "creamed" coconut milk.

The reason they "cream" is because they contain thickeners. Guar gum is the most common thickener used in coconut milk. It gives some aftertaste but that can be masked using ingredients such as cinnamon, vanilla or cacao powder. If you find a product without thickeners, chances are it won't work for "creaming" so keep that in mind. This coconut milk will cream and is also BPA-free.

An example of coconut milk that doesn't "cream" is Aroy-D. It tastes just like homemade coconut milk without additives and it's BPA-free. You can use Aroy-D to make Low-carb Cappuccino.

To summarise, to "cream" coconut milk, you have to use coconut milk that contains thickeners and creams when refrigerated.

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Nutritional values (per ½ cup):

5.3 grams 2.6 grams 4.4 grams 41.6 grams 36.9 grams 396 calories
Total Carbs8grams
Fiber2.6grams
Net Carbs5.3grams
Protein4.4grams
Fat41.6grams
of which Saturated36.9grams
Energy396kcal
Magnesium34mg (8%)
Potassium390mg (20%)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (5%), protein (4%), fat (91%)

Ingredients (makes ~ 1 cup):

Instructions:

  1. Place a can of coconut milk into the fridge overnight. Don’t shake the can before opening. It should get very thick and the solids should separate from water. If it doesn’t, you need to try another brand. I recommend Thai Kitchen Organic or Native Forest or any other brand that works well for you.
    I used "What On Earth Organic Coconut Milk" when I made this recipe. It's the best canned coconut milk I've tried in the UK. However, last time I checked, this brand was unavailable and I'm not sure if/ when it will be available again.
  2. Once thick, transfer to a bowl (without the water!) and mix with a spoon, whisk or a blender. The extracted cream can be used immediately or stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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If you like Aroy-D coconut milk, try their coconut cream. 100% cream, no additives. Pure and white and delicious.

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I agree, the best coconut milk & cream I've tried is from Aroy-D!

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Hi Martina,
Thanks for all you do! I've joined the current 60 Day Challenge and it's a grand experiment plus I'm having good results.
I have a question about coconut cream. When I separate the cream from the water in the can, I use the cream for various recipes, and at first I didn't know what to do with the leftover water/liquid. But I discovered that I can use this for chia pudding and smoothies.
However, I don't know the nutrition values of just the water by itself. I emailed the manufacturer of the coconut milk (in this case Thai Kitchen) and they couldn't tell me either.
My thought is that most of the values are in the cream after separation, but that's just a guess.
Do you know the macronutrients of the separated coconut milk -- each for the water/liquid and the cream?
Thank you!
Amy

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Hi Amy, I don't know what the nutrition facts are but I'd guess it's something similar to almond milk, which is almost fat-free with a small amount of carbs. I hope this helps!

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Added this to my baked granola parfait, It came out Par-fect!
Even added a little cinnamon 😊

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My favourite way is 1/2 cup frozen blackberries + 1/2 cup coconut cream + some almond milk or water and all in blender for a few seconds = easy keto ice-cream! Smile

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YOU are GOOD! This is super info and seriously, all the info I've read on your blog is super. Thanks for your diligence in bringing the best knowledge to us.
Godspeed your journey!

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Thank you!

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Hi, is this the same as using coconut cream?

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Yes, creamed coconut milk is the same as coconut cream although fat content may vary depending on the brand.

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