Coconut products are all the rage right now, and in my opinion it is for good reason. I’ll leave out the amazing uses for it all around the house and stick to the kitchen for now.
Ranging from creamy to watery, I have tried the mighty passion fruit in all its liquid forms. Many are still in my rotation! Here is a handy guide for what they are and how to use them:
Coconut oil is a thick, white, solid-at-room-temperature substance that can be used in place of butter in just about anything. Frying, roasting, baking, it’s all good. It has a very mild flavor and does not really scream COCONUT when you put it in stuff. It’s also the “miracle” product that everyone is using as lotion, face cream, and other things.
Coconut cream is the thick, goopy stuff that you can use for curry or as a cream replacement. The brands all seem to be the same in texture and taste, but be careful to choose between lite cream and regular cream intentionally. Again, not too “coconut”-y.
Coconut milk or Coconut drink
Coconut milk (sometimes called drink) is used as a milk replacement. It has a consistency somewhere between cream and water. It doesn’t taste entirely like milk (or like coconut… just creamy), but it has worked wonders for me in coffee and cereal! I have tried at least five products and by far my favorite is the Silk brand in original or vanilla.
Coconut water is more clear than the milk or drink and a good replacement for sports drinks. It definitely takes some getting used to at first, and there are brands that offer it flavored that I like a lot. I also like to drink it with a splash of juice whenever I need to “catch up” on hydrating.
Each of these variations takes a little getting used to, especially if you are using them as milk replacement products. That said, life without milk has been pretty great for me!