Psst: There are a few things coconut oil can’t do. But it does have a close cousin that can do just about everything it can’t.
Fluffy, creamy, and lactose-free, coconut milk is just as much of a Paleo and vegan staple as coconut oil. But while the latter can turn a cup of coffee into a high-octane energy drink, it can’t exactly make a frothy vegan hot chocolate on its own. And oil just won’t do when you’re making a chia parfait. You can whip it, it’s not exactly a sub in for whipped cream. And a true vegetable curry is impossible without some help from coconut milk.
In this video, wellness coach Jennifer Partridge shares four amazing sweet and savory ways to use coconut milk. Press play to see why it’s a pantry essential, and check out the recipes below.
1. Vegan hot chocolate
Simmer water in a pot, and stir in cacao and coconut sugar. Add coconut milk and vanilla extract. For an even fluffier, frothier drink, blend it. Transfer to a mug, top with vegan marshmallows, and enjoy.
2. Coconut chia parfait
For the pudding
Mix pudding ingredients together. Refrigerate overnight.
To serve, layer in a parfait cup: start with 1 handful of granola. Layer on ¼ cup chia pudding. Repeat another layer of granola and pudding. Top with berries, maple syrup, and, if you’d like, a drizzle of coconut milk.
3. Coconut whipped cream
Refrigerate one whole can of coconut milk overnight. Do not shake it.
The next day, open the can, and scoop the thick top layer into a small bowl. Mash it up, and mix in vanilla or cinnamon if you’d like. Done! Use it to top desserts or anything else that needs some vegan whipped-cream goodness.
4. Thai coconut vegetable curry
For the vegetables
For the curry sauce
Heat coconut oil in a wok over low heat. Sauté onion for 1 minute, then add garlic, and sauté until fragrant.
In a separate pot, heat coconut milk over low heat, then add curry paste and lemon juice. Stir.
Stir onions and garlic, then add other fresh vegetables. Sauté until softened but still crisp.
Add curry sauce to the wok and stir. You can serve it right away to keep veggies crisp, or let it to simmer for 20 more minutes to infuse in more curry flavor.
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