Have you seen coconut milk powder at your local health food store? This coconut product may be one of the best things to keep in your pantry!
“What’s powdered coconut milk, and how do I use it?”
This is a question I’ve been getting more and more lately.
First, I want to say how happy I am to see so many coconut products becoming available. When I first started using coconut oil, I had to order it online. I couldn’t find it in any store, not even the health food store. Now, I see isles of coconut products at Walmart, Whole Foods, and Natural Grocers.
Powdered coconut milk is a newer coconut product that’s come into play over the last few years. In this post, I will share ways to use coconut milk powder in your kitchen.
What is Coconut Milk Powder?
Coconut milk powder is similar to regular evaporated milk powder, except it isn’t derived from cow’s milk. Instead, it’s made from dairy-free coconut milk.
How To Use Coconut Milk Powder
Coconut milk powder produces coconut milk simply with the addition of hot water. Very convenient! I store a bag of it in my family camping trailer. It’s so much lighter than packing canned coconut milk!
But beyond milk, you can also make coconut cream from this powder, which is very helpful for specific recipes. The powdery nature also makes it a great addition to beverages like hot chocolate, soups, sauces, yogurt, ice cream, shakes, and is the key ingredient in my golden milk latte mix!
For any recipe that calls for coconut milk, coconut milk powder will work just fine. It’s beneficial when making curry because of the powder’s improved capability to bind to the spices. If you’re a smoothie lover like me, try adding a tablespoon of it to your next smoothie. I also like to add it to my soups! Its rich flavor will add delicious tropical flavor to your smoothies. I use it to make my Pina Colada smoothie because it gives the smoothie a rich coconut flavor. Coconut milk powder also tastes great as a coffee creamer! Just add a scoop to your warm cup of joe and mix well. Your coffee will be creamy and delicious!
Another reason I love to use coconut milk powder is because it’s a great alternative to dairy powdered milk. Be warned: Some coconut milk powders contain casein, a milk derivative.
My favorite coconut milk powders
To get the best quality (and healthiest) product out there, generally you want organic, single origin, no extra chemicals, additives, or preservatives. If you don’t feel like checking the label, I’ve done the hard work for you.
Below are my favorite coconut milk powder brands:
- Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder: This vegan-friendly coconut powder is one of my favorite brands and is often available to health food stores. You can find this brand on amazon as well (affiliate link).
- Wildly Organic Coconut Milk Powder: This brand is another great option. It’s also keto friendly! Unfortunately, It does contain casein, so it isn’t dairy-free or vegan.
Yes, most brands of coconut milk powder are dairy free. Always check labels, because some brands may use milk derived ingredients in their coconut milk powder.
Yes, the two milk powders are both a good substitute for each other in recipes. Generally I’d substitute them 1:1.
Yes, but make sure you add water first! Coconut milk powder is consumable and works well when diluted with water.
Homemade Coconut Milk (From Coconut Milk Powder)
Make coconut milk quick and easily with coconut milk powder and hot water.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 1 cup 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 tablespoons coconut milk powder
- 1 cup hot water
Stir the coconut milk powder with hot water. Add more if you like creamier milk!
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 180
- Fat: 15g
- Saturated Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 6g
- Protein: 1.5g