Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Homemade EASY, LOW-FAT Coconut Milk

I love coconut milk but... I have a hard time handling large amounts of fat at once. Plus, no matte how delicious coconut milk is, it's pretty much cream and not easily drinkable. So (before Turtle Mountain came out with their version-or at least before I knew about it), I set about to make my own version.
First off, I had to make a lower-fat coconut milk. So, I figured out that 2T of full fat coconut milk (from the can) mixed with about a cup of water in my blender would equal 60 calories per serving and 5 g of fat. And guess what? Follow that basic ratio and you have low-fat drinkable coconut milk! :) Just double or triple it, etc to make a larger quantity.
This coconut milk is a good source of healthy fat and tastes the closest to milk of any recipe for "dairy-free" milk I've tried. And to answer the question, it does still taste a little creamy, at least to me. Maybe not like the original, but I think too if you want it creamier you could just lower the amount of water to coconut milk ratio. Also, this is an easy recipe and way cheaper than buying it in the store (aka. Turtle Mt brand). You can also make "lite coconut milk" for recipes using this same ratio and save money on coconut milk. (The only difference between the canned original and lite coconut milk in the store is water. So why not buy the full fat stuff and make more milk with it thereby saving lots more money? :))

Note: This is my post for Slightly Indulgent Mondays here.


Lauren said...

Does the low fat version taste pretty creamy? Cool trick!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

The new site looks great Ariana!

Amy Green (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free) said...

This is a great idea - especially because I share the same problem with lots of fat at once. I can do a some fat, but me and coconut milk have never gotten along. Plus, the overwhelming coconut taste just doesn't work for me.

I wonder if using less coconut milk along with some other nut or rice milks would make a good ice cream?? I am always thinking about new ways to make ice cream!!

Thanks so much for participating in Slightly Indulgent Mondays!! Your additions are always fabulous.