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Introducing PlantX’s delicious range of coconut cream and coconut milk! Creamy, fresh, and natural, our coconut milk brings some luxury to your plant-based life.

Introduction

If coconut milk or coconut cream is not already on your weekly shopping list then you’re missing out! Coconut milk is not only a delicious vegan milk alternative for your coffees and teas. It’s also a versatile cooking ingredient at the heart of much Southeast Asian, South Asian, and East African cooking.

Coconut cream and coconut milk are not just delicious, they will nourish your body from the inside out. Read on to learn more about the coconut milk cream dream PlantX wants to share with you!

What are coconut milk and coconut cream?

Coconut milk and coconut cream add a creamy, thick texture, and delicate coconut flavor to your cooking. However, many people get confused about the difference between the two. So let’s set the record straight once and for all!

There are actually two different kinds of coconut milk. Traditionally, coconut milk refers to the type you buy in cans and add to dishes like Thai curries and soups. However, as milk alternatives have gained increasing popularity, coconut milk can also now be found in cartons and bottles for adding to coffees and cereals. Both forms of coconut milk are essentially the same thing, made from juiced coconut flesh and water. The difference is the consistency: canned coconut milk is thicker than coconut milk in a carton, which has more water added.

Coconut cream is similar again, but even thicker. It’s made by mixing 4 parts coconut with 1 part water, so that’s less water than coconut milk. It has a higher fat content than coconut milk and a consistency more like whipping cream. Coconut cream comes in both cans and cartons and can be used like heavy cream. It’s basically coconut milk cream!

So basically you can think of it as the difference between dairy milk and cream. They taste very similar, the difference is the consistency and the fat content.

Recipes using coconut milk

  • Our recipe for a delicious Red Thai Curry calls for a can of creamy coconut milk. Coconut milk is widely used in Thai cooking to make curries, soups, and desserts. Our red Thai curry balances the creamy sweetness of coconut milk with the aromatic flavors found in vegan Thai red curry paste: lemongrass, garlic, galangal, shallot, red chili, kaffir lime leaves, and more!

  • Pair your red Thai curry with a classic Thai dessert, if you want even more coconutty goodness! Our recipe for Mango Sticky Rice combines coconut milk with sticky Thai sweet rice, and juicy, ripe mangos. It’s packed full of vitamins from the mangos and is delicious on a summer’s day.

  • Another curry to warm you up! Try this recipe for Creamy Chickpea and Cauliflower Curry if you’re in the mood for Indian rather than Thai. Grab yourself a can of coconut milk and enjoy it with the flavors of tomato, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and garam masala.

  • Coconut milk from a carton can be used as a milk substitute for all kinds of coffees. This type of coconut milk is thinner as it has more water added to it, making it perfect for drinks. Give our recipe for Plant-Based Iced Coffee a whirl and swap the almond milk for coconut milk.

How coconut cream can help dry skin

Coconut cream is not just delicious in cooking, but it can be great for your skin too! Coconut cream is packed full of vitamins and minerals, which help you not only when you eat them but when you apply them to your skin. Coconut cream contains lauric acid which has antibacterial properties. It also contains essential amino acids, which are great for your skin.

Coconut cream can be hydrating for dry skin, and can potentially help calm irritated skin. You might find it can soothe your skin after a day in the hot sun. It might not be the best thing to wear on your face under makeup, but there are other ways to reap the benefit of coconut cream for your skin!

We think one of the best ways to use coconut cream for dry skin is to make a nourishing face mask from it. Combine coconut cream with mashed avocado and mix until it forms a smooth paste. Lather onto your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes before washing off with warm water. It will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft! You can use it on other parts of your body too.

Coconut cream uses

  • As well as using it on your skin, you can use coconut cream to treat dry hair too! Rub it evenly through your hair and scalp, making sure to cover those dried ends. Wrap your hair in a cloth or towel and leave for 15-20 minutes. Remove and wash out using your normal shampoo. It will give your dry hair a super-charged hydration boost!
  • Add a dollop of coconut cream to smoothies to make them extra creamy. Try adding a spoonful to our recipe for a delicious Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie. It goes wonderfully with fruits like bananas, berries, mango, and pineapple. Add some to this Banana Nice Cream recipe for a more tropical vibe.
  • Add a little coconut cream to vegan dips and sauces for extra creaminess. Mix a spoonful into our recipe for Ranch Dressing in place of the nut milk, and you’ll have a thicker, creamier dressing that can be used for dipping veggies and breadsticks in.
  • On a keto diet? Coconut cream is your friend! It’s low carb and high in good fats, so you can use it as a replacement for sugar or cream in drinks and desserts. 1 tablespoon of coconut cream contains 1g of carbohydrate so make sure to consume in moderation and monitor your overall daily carb intake.

Top coconut milk brands to try: nutrition facts

The nutritional information for coconut milk will vary slightly depending upon which coconut milk product you buy from us. To give you an idea, let’s look at how a few of our coconut milk products compare:

  • Califia Coconut Milk & Water Blend is drinkable coconut milk in a bottle that you can add to coffees, teas, and cereals. Per serving it contains only 45 calories, 4g total fat, 2g total carbs, 0g cholesterol, 0g protein, and 0g added sugar.

  • Native Forest Coconut Milk is canned coconut milk that you can add to cooking. It’s thicker, so it has lower water content. Per serving it contains 140 calories, 15g total fat, 2g total carbs, 0g cholesterol, 0g added sugar and 1g protein.

  • The Light version of Native Forest’s Coconut Milk on the other hand contains, per serving, 45 calories, 5g total fat, 1g total carbs, 0g cholesterol, 0 protein, and 0g added sugars. 

Coconut milk in a can differs from coconut milk in a carton as it has less water and therefore a higher coconut content, meaning a higher fat content. To check the nutritional information for a specific coconut milk product, please read the information on the product’s page or packaging.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does coconut cream have anti-inflammatory properties?

It is possible that coconut cream and coconut milk have anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut milk and cream contain a high level of lauric acid which gets converted by the body into a compound called monolaurin. Monolaurin is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.

Studies have shown that consuming coconut milk and coconut cream may support the body in fighting viruses and infections. Researchers have found that coconut oil may be useful for topical skin applications due to its anti-inflammatory properties which could potentially help heal wounds and repair the skin barrier.

Is coconut milk good for hair growth?

It is thought by many that coconut milk may contribute to blood circulation in the scalp, which can encourage hair growth. More research needs to be done to reach any concrete conclusions, but one study found that coconut oil, when applied to the scalp, could enrich its microbiome and make hair follicles healthier.

Whether or not it will help your hair grow, coconut milk makes a great conditioning treatment for hair. Heat ½ cup of coconut water until it's warm but not hot. Gently massage it into your scalp. After you’ve covered the scalp, work your way to the tips. When your hair is covered, pop on a shower cap and leave for 1 hour.

Can I use coconut cream as a substitute for coconut milk?

You can substitute coconut cream for coconut milk and vice versa. If using coconut cream in place of coconut milk, simply dilute the coconut cream in water. If it’s a curry or soup, you can add more water to the pan when you add the cream.

If you want coconut cream but what you have is coconut milk, place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. After removing the can from the fridge and opening it, use a spoon to remove the cream from the top, leaving the water underneath. The two will have conveniently separated in the can overnight! This will make around ½ a cup of coconut milk cream.

Is coconut milk rich in lauric acid?

Coconuts contain fat in the form of MCFAs (that’s medium-chain saturated fatty acids!). One of the main MCFAs they contain is called lauric acid. Coconut milk has around 50-55% of this fatty acid. Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It is thought that lauric acid tackles the growth of bacteria by penetrating the cell wall of pathogens to destroy them. Lauric acid is found in dairy milk too so you’re not missing out by switching to coconut milk!

Despite potential health benefits, coconut milk should still be consumed in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet. If you have any health concerns please speak to a medical professional.