16 Incredible Ways to Use Coconut Milk & Cream

16 Incredible Ways to Use Coconut Milk & Cream

Whether you’re Paleo, Keto, or just looking for some food inspiration, you’ll soon find that coconut cream is the product you didn’t know you were missing.

We’ve compiled a diverse list of meals you can use with coconut cream to make your meals much better.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Coconut Cream

Do you ever get the sudden urge to eat something sweet and satisfying?

You usually have to wait an hour or so for that sweetness to bake, but this recipe is a great, easy, and quick way to nip that desire in the bud without slaving away in the kitchen for hours.

All that is needed are some simple ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry to make it into a sweet, vegan, and paleo-friendly treat. Ready in just 10 minutes! Grab your whisk and get cooking.

Creamy Avocado Smoothie

Avocados truly are the best soul food, so versatile and adaptable.

But avocado AND coconut cream in one drink? You’re looking at the smoothest and creamiest smoothie you’ve ever blended.

Add some collagen and extra greens, and you’ve got a power smoothie!

Avocado smoothies for weight loss have become increasingly popular in the keto and paleo circles.

Pina Colada with Coconut Cream

This might be the love you’ve been looking for.

Needing a getaway without the price that comes with it?

This Pina Colada tastes other-worldly.

Have it as a virgin cocktail milkshake, or make it alcoholic by adding a ¼ cup of rum to the blender.

Close your eyes and let the flavors carry you away.

Salmon Curry

A mouth-watering curry that tastes great and is incredibly good for you! Salmon is a great source of protein, with a wealth of omega-3 fatty acids, which all help to keep your heart and brain healthy. Combine it with coconut, and you’ve got yourself a superfood!

While this recipe doesn’t call for coconut cream, nothing says you can’t do it. Coconut milk and cream are interchangeable, but coconut cream adds a beautiful thickness and silky texture to the dish.

Sri Lankan Coconut and Cashew Chicken with Saffron Rice

A nutty coconut curry that will indeed have you coming back for seconds.

It is the perfect mid-week meal that is quick and easy to make!

Saffron is packed with antioxidants with a wide array of other health benefits!

Creamy Coconut Chicken Curry

Keeping it simple, here’s another wildly popular curry that everyone in the family will drool over.

Spoon it over a dish of basmati rice or cauliflower rice, or scoop it up with some homemade naan.

This gluten-free meal ticks all the boxes for keto, paleo, and whole-30 diets.

Lemon Coconut Cream Tart

This Lemon and coconut cream tart is made with a  sweet and buttery baked crust. Think along the lines of shortbread! Sweet and full of flavor.

 It is then layered with creamy lemon pudding.

Top it with a sprinkle of lemon zest, refrigerate for about an hour, and you’ve got dessert!

Creamy Mushroom Sauce

A sauce is an important component of numerous meals.

This sauce can be added to several meals as an appetizer, a side dish, or a significant course.

It can be used to dip a baked potato or to complement baked or boiled vegetables. As a main course, it matches perfectly with pasta or rice.

Coconut Cream Omelette

Looking for a delicious and nutritious breakfast or lunch idea? Try this coconut cream omelette! 

This dish is perfect for any time of day and can be made with any topping of your choice. In addition to being tasty, this omelette is also high in protein and fiber, making it a healthy choice. 

Regardless of how you make it, a Coconut Cream Omelette will surely be a hit at your next meal!

Coconut Cream Poke Cake

When it comes to coconutty desserts, there’s just nothing like a classic coconut cream poke cake. Rich and sweet, this cake is perfect for a special occasion or just because. You won’t be disappointed!

Made with layers of fluffy cake, coconut milk (or cream!), and shredded coconut, this cake is sure to please.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Sometimes we don’t just need something sweet, we need something chocolate sweet.

These cupcakes are a party all on their own.

A moist and fluffy cake batter stuffed with chocolate chip (make it even better by adding dark chocolate pieces) and topped with a creamy coconut frosting. Sprinkle some more chocolate chips and a few coconut flakes!

Chicken and Mushroom Marsala

Chicken and Mushroom Marsala is a creamy, indulgent dish perfect for a keto, paleo, and whole-30 diet. 

Made with coconut milk and mushrooms, this dish is rich and flavorful. The marsala wine pairs well with zoodles, rice, or your own mixture of roasted veg, making this a perfect meal for any occasion.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

For this recipe, you’ll need to use full-fat coconut milk specifically. 

A great alternative to traditional ice cream. It is creamy and great for those hot summer days.

Play around and add in some alternative flavors, such as mint or vanilla.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, are a popular root vegetable in the United States. 

They are used in many soups and stews, but they are best known for their Jerusalem artichoke soup. 

This soup is made with roasted Jerusalem artichokes, coconut milk, and chicken broth. It is garnished with truffle oil and chopped chestnuts. 

Jerusalem artichoke soup is a hearty meal that is perfect for a cold day.

Tzatziki Sauce


Tzatziki is a Greek dish made from yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice (sometimes even vinegar), and other herbs.

Traditionally it’s served as a spread for meats and as an appetizer dip for pita bread and veggies. But it also goes great on a burger or with your fries.

This is a perfect option for Paleo, Whole30, and even Keto. This particular recipe is made with mayo and coconut milk rather than yogurt, but you could switch it up depending on your preferences.

Low-Carb Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Low-Carb Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Dare I say, “an all-American favorite”? 

Who doesn’t love a whoopie pie?! Especially a freshly baked pumpkin whoopie pie!

Whoopie pies are a classic dessert, but they can be expensive to make. This low-carb pumpkin coconut whoopie pie is a great way to enjoy this classic dessert without breaking the bank. 

The filling is made with coconut milk and pumpkin puree, which is healthy and delicious. The whoopie pies are topped with a layer of low-carb, sugar-free frosting and a sprinkling of cinnamon. They are perfect for Fall celebrations or whenever you want something sweet and comforting.

Coconut products do not have to taste like coconut. They can be a helpful aid in swapping out dairy products without losing dairy consistency. But they also pair well with many kitchen flavors that help soften the taste of coconut. You might just be surprised at how much you love using coconut.

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