5 Delicious Ways to Get Creative with Coconut

  1. Coconut Water:
    Refreshing coconut water (the thin liquid from the centre of a young coconut) is great for hydration: the potassium actually helps the body replenish fluids better than regular water.
  2. Coconut Milk:
    Often confused with coconut water, this creamy milk 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 savoury -- and baking with coconut milk yields great results because of its rich flavour and body.
  3. Coconut Flour:
    This finely-ground meat of the fruit is packed with fibre, gives baked goods a distinctly sweet tropical flavour, 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 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 flavour-packed Mango Smoothie with Macadamia and CoconutCoconut Macaroons, or Cranberry Coconut Squares.