You may have noticed, I love all things coconut! But not all products made from coconut are the same. Below you’ll find my coconut product guide for the coconut newbies out there.
The Coconut Mama’s Coconut Product Guide
Don’t know the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter? This coconut product guide will help you sort through all the products on the market today.
A staple at my house! Coconut oil is extracted from the inner meat of a coconut, and has about a million and a half uses. Use it to restore your skin, as part of an oil pulling routine, and as a healthy fat in most recipes. Coconut oil supports a healthy metabolism, so dunk a little in your coffee if you feel like it!
Ready for a little sweetness? Coconut butter definitely delivers. It’s super easy to make it yourself, because it’s just shredded coconut processed for a certain amount of time. It’s an incredibly good source of healthy fats. Use it in your sweet recipes, and pass a little along to your baby!
This is a favorite for a lot of people, including Jane Lynch! Coconut water is the delicious drink made from harvesting very young coconuts. It has very low sugar and helps restore the body from exercise or stress. Drink it plain, or make delicious coconut water kefir for a refreshing summer drink.
When a coconut is ground up, a delicious liquid come. That’s coconut milk! It’s filled with healthy fats and is an extremely healthy alternative to cow milk. Use it to make rich, healthy drinks and alternatives to treats typically made with dairy.
Coconut flour is a loose flour made by processing the meat of a coconut. For the gluten-free folks out there, this is the flour to cook with. It’s a great addition to any recipe, and contains much more fiber than regular wheat flour. Click here to receive my cookbook full of coconut flour recipes!
Coconut can be sweet or savory, and coconut cream definitely falls in the middle. The “froth” of coconut milk, this delicious ingredient is full of healthy fats. Use it as part of your next dip to add body and texture without going overly sweet!
Love soy sauce but need an alternative? Looking to eliminate grain from your diet? Coconut aminos are here to help! They bring all the savory goodness of soy sauce but contain none of the unhealthy grains. They’re also stocked with healthy aminos.
The nectar of a coconut can be very sweet, which makes it a perfect substitute for refined sugar in various types of recipes. It’s a key part of my favorite chocolate spread, personally. It’s also 100% vegan and gluten-free, with healthy doses of magnesium and zinc. More goodness all around!
Coconut nectar, taken to the next level. Coconut sugar has the rich sweetness of coconut nectar, but is dehydrated and crystallized in a way so as to better mimic sugar. This is a much healthier sweetener for those with diabetes, or can only process sweeteners with a low glycemic index. It can also be infused with various flavors.
This sweet addition ads a delicious coconut taste to both sweet and savory dishes. While you have to make sure to buy organic to avoid excess sugar, shredded coconut is loaded with healthy fiber. Sprinkle on ice cream, or mix it into a wholesome curry.
What’s your favorite coconut product? What do you use it for? Tell us in the comments!