I haven’t baked a lot with coconut milk, but find myself looking to it more and more for various reasons. I have many friends with food allergies or dietary restrictions and most of them are able to consume coconut milk, so I find it’s a good substitute for milk and/or cream in recipes. Also, sometimes I just need a break from all the dairy in my diet, and have found soy and almond milk to not be very compatible with my body. So coconut milk it is.
Andre Prost reached out to me a few weeks ago and sent me a box of coconut milk to bake with. I was eager to give it a try, and found it to be a great addition to my kitchen. It is rich, creamy, and flavorful, and is a great substitution (or addition) to any recipe. I also appreciate that it is found in the baking section of the grocery store, as I tend to spend most of my time in that aisle anyway.
You can make quite a few things with a whole box of coconut milk. I wanted to make sure I loved it before I wrote about it, and I’m happy to report I found it to be a great product.
My first recipe with the coconut milk was a coconut cream pie, straight from Andre Prost’s website (where Pam has come up with some really great recipes!). I swapped bananas for some chocolate pastry cream I had in my fridge from cookbook testing. It was creamy and dreamy and very indulgent.
Next I made Nicole’s Vanilla Bean Coconut Creamer, which was delicious, and went along perfectly with my afternoon coffee and Jessica’s new book.
Laura’s Coconut Coffee Pudding was also on the list (topped with Tara’s magic candied cacao nibs), which was voted a family favorite. My daughter was enamored with it, although I had to cut her off because of all the coffee.
Coconut muffins were also a hit, and I snuck in some chocolate again.
Coconut sweetened condensed milk sounds fabulous. I think it might also work in my no-churn ice cream recipes, which I’m excited to experiment with. Pancakes are also going to be made soon, as well as coconut brioche.
So, if you have been thinking about baking with coconut milk, don’t be afraid to try! There are so many things you can make with it. (Have a favorite recipe? Leave it below! I’d love to see it.)
This post is sponsored by Andre Prost. All opinions are my own.
kosher recipesMonday, July 13, 2015 at 4:22 am
that’s look delicious! i love those kind of desserts thank you for the recipe
Lyndsay // Coco Cake LandTuesday, June 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm
Sarah! Love the photos … I bake with coconut milk often! Especially in place of cream or regular milk to vegan-ize recipes … its high fat content makes a beautiful chocolate cake crumb … ! mmmm coconut cream pie. XO
HeghinehSunday, June 21, 2015 at 12:36 am
Love your food photography and details, really helps,
thank you so much for sharing
Cindy RoseMonday, June 15, 2015 at 6:58 am
How about coconut cream puffs?
amy (Wooden Spoon Baking)Friday, June 12, 2015 at 4:58 pm
Coconut milk is incredible for baking, glad you’re getting to play around with it. I’ve definitely made coconut sweetened condensed milk before (because vegan seven layer bars, duh), and coconut whipped cream is also awesome, but in the summertime it’s all about coconut milk fudgesicles! http://www.woodenspoonbaking.com/2014/07/vegan-coconut-milk-fudgesicles.html
Thalia @ butter and briocheThursday, June 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm
I, like you, also have not had much experience baking with coconut milk.. which is strange because it seems like such a natural ingredient to bake with! I am so inspired to try my hand at a few coconut milk based recipes now. Love it.
Shelly @ Vegetarian 'VenturesThursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:04 am
Oh man – I love coconut milk and you’ve got me all excited with all these ideas! Coconut brioche??! Coconut condensed milk?!?! Amazinggg!
AbbyThursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:00 am
I adore this, Sarah. These photos are all gorgeous. <3
Olivia BathgateThursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:53 am
I can’t say I have ever thought of using coconut milk. I too know the anguish of allergies, and for me it’s nuts so I just tend to stick with normal milk, but don’t like to have too much. What a great subsitute this seems to be. I would devour every single thing on this page over and over!
EmmThursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:20 am
Coconut milk and I are great friends. Love the stuff! Xx
NicoleThursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:25 am
Thanks for sharing, Sarah! And I love the other recipes here, too. Coconut milk is one of my favorite things to cook and bake with! I recently made a chocolate olive oil loaf cake that is my new favorite chocolate cake http://www.dulanotes.com/chocolate-olive-oil-loaf-cake-with-coconut-milk/
LauraThursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:07 am
I buy coconut milk by the case and I just can’t imagine my vegan desserts/life without it. So excited that you tried the coffee pudding too! I kinda forgot about that one 😉 I’m in love with that last photo of the pie. xoxo
Lauren @ Lauren Caris CooksThursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:32 am
So awesome. I have never tried baking with coconut milk but I’ve got some ideas up my sleeve. Those coffee and coconut puddings look absolutely to die for! Did you find this particular milk was watery in texture or was it quite thick?
[email protected]Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 5:18 am
These recipes all sound amazing! I have been on a major coconut milk kick recently and I find myself wanting to use it in everything so I’m loving this post.
A favorite recipe? Well, I really like it in savory things and this one http://gringalicious.com/indian-green-chickpea-and-sweet-potato-curry/ was so good!