5 Delicious Ways to Get Creative with Coconut

  1. Coconut Water:

    Refreshing coconut water (the thin liquid from the center of a young coconut) is great for hydration: the potassium actually helps the body replenish fluids better than regular water. Use it in a nutrient-packed Green Alkalaid smoothie, or in sweet and tangy Raw Raspberry Jam.

  2. Coconut Milk:

    Often confused with coconut water, this creamy milk this is actually the “meat” of the fruit blended with water. It takes just a few minutes to make Coconut Milk in your Vitamix blender, and there are so many coconut milk uses, like this sweet and fruity Tropical Escape Smoothie. There are countless vegan recipes with coconut milk -- both sweet and savory -- and baking with coconut milk yields great results because of its rich flavor and body.

  3. Coconut Flour:

    This finely-ground meat of the fruit is packed with fiber, gives baked goods a distinctly sweet tropical flavor, and is a great option for gluten-free baking recipes.

  4. Coconut Oil:

    Extracted from the “meat” of matured coconuts, this oil is best used sparingly in place of butter or other fats. Use it to give vegan desserts like our Raw Chocolate-Orange Torte silky texture.

  5. Coconut Flakes:

    The solid “meat” of the fruit is available in several different forms (sweetened or unsweetened, shredded or flaked, raw or toasted). Unsweetened varieties are best so you can control the amount of sugar in a recipe. Add a handful to a fruit smoothie, or try it in this flavor-packed Mango Coconut Sorbet, Gluten-Free Macaroons, or Cranberry Coconut Squares.