Coconut milk is made by soaking shredded coconut in water. You can make your own coconut milk or buy canned coconut milk. Cooks use coconut milk in many dishes, particularly Thai cooking and curries. It can be used as a milk substitute, but does not contain calcium. If you're lactose intolerant or allergic to the casein in milk, or a vegan who wants to avoid animal products, you may prefer coconut milk as a substitute for cream in your coffee. The coconut milk will not be as thick and rich as real cream.
Things You'll Need
- Coconut milk
- Can opener
Shake the can of coconut milk before opening. This helps mix it well and helps it stay thicker. Canned coconut milk is thicker than the varieties sold in cartons in your grocer's refrigerator case. Canned coconut milk is closer to the consistency of dairy cream.
Open the can of coconut milk with a can opener.
Pour the desired amount of coconut milk into your coffee. Stir. Coconut milk has a consistency equivalent to dairy milk, slightly less thick than dairy cream. You may need to add more or less coconut milk, depending on how creamy you like your coffee. Coconut milk does not have a strong coconut flavor.
Add sugar as desired. Coconut milk has a sweetness on par with dairy milk. In recipes, coconut milk can be substituted for dairy milk 1-to-1, so you shouldn't need to adjust the amount of sugar.
Tips & Warnings
- Store the unused coconut milk in the refrigerator, covered.