I was very fortunate last week to spend the entire Eat Well to Live Well with Kellie Hill radio show with Dr. Bruce Fife, one of the leading experts on coconut. I realized after the show that we didn’t get a chance to discuss on to substitute coconut in your recipes. So, I’ll cover it here.
I also have a cooking with coconut video series if you want even more information. Find it starting here or just search my site for coconut and you’ll find all things coconut related. And, of course, I still love my coconut oil.
Coconut Water Substitution
Coconut water is a great substitution for energy drinks and workout recovery drinks. For each cup of sports drink just substitute for a cup of coconut water.
Coconut meat isn’t really substituted for anything, just added to foods to increase the nutritional value. Add as much as you’d like, just be sure to purchase the unsweetened form.
Use coconut oil in place of any other oil and in the same quantity. For each tablespoon of oil your recipe calls for you can use a tablespoon of coconut oil. It is especially good for baking since it’s a high quality saturated (although healthy) fat.
Coconut milk is a perfect replacement for other types of milk. Use it 1:1. If your recipe calls for 1 cup milk, use 1 cup coconut milk.
Coconut sugar is a perfect replacement for white sugar. You can use it 1:1 or 1:1.5. Coconut sugar is very similar to brown sugar in taste and appearance but is less sweet than white sugar. If you are replacing white sugar with coconut sugar you may need a bit more until your tastes change.
Coconut nectar is the perfect replacement for corn syrup. Use 1:1 in any recipe.