Secret Uses for Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil

Heather Greene




Photo of cocconut oil, whipped coconut milk, coconut oil aoilo and chocolate truffles.

Coconut is like the unicorn of foods. It is delicious, antimicrobial and outrageously good for you!

I was introduced the secret side of coconut years ago when my cousin became vegan and my Aunt, an amazing cook, started experimenting with vegan recipes for family dinners. I'm pretty sure she has made every single recipe in the Oh She Glows cookbook.

Lucky for me, she found all the best recipes - the ones worth making even if you’re not following a vegan diet. The first one that really opened my eyes to the amazing things you can make with a bit of creative thinking was the Coconut Whipped Cream. Honestly, if you haven’t tried it - it is to die for!!! In almost any situation it could stand up heartily against a traditional whipped cream. With the added bonus of the subtle coconut flavor, it goes with almost any dessert.

Freshly inspired, I set off to find other magnificent treats which can be made with coconut milk and coconut oil. Here are a few of my favorites:

Warning - not all of these recipes are are keto or low carb.

Coconut Whipped Cream (Keto)

Cocconut Whipped Cream - Coffee Booster BlogWhere it all started. The basics are - you stash a can of full fat coconut cream in the fridge upside-down over night. When you’re ready to whip, take it out of the fridge and open it right side up. Pour off the liquid on top (and save if for other uses, of course!) and what is left is the fatty goodness on the bottom of the can. Scoop out the hardened cream and whip until fluffy (an electric mixer is recommended, though sometimes I get ambitious and do it by hand).

No need to add anything extra - though a bit of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste kicks it up a notch. A whipped cream topping with no extra sugar required!

See the full tutorial for Coconut Whipped Cream from Oh She Glows. She says it will change your life - and Ohhhh was she right!

Net Carbs in 1/2 cup of whipped cream ~ 5 grams depending on the brand you buy.

Coconut Oil Roasted Garlic Aioli (Keto)

Coconut Oil Salad Dressing
There are plenty of Whole 30 and Paleo mayonnaise recipes that call for cocconut oil. This post from Cheryl Malik goes into a ton of depth on how to make the perfect mayo using coconut oil.

Note - I made this with roasted garlic - I love the health benefits and taste of garlic - but I’m very sensitive to it when raw, so roasting gives me the best of both worlds!

- 3 cloves of roasted garlic
- 1/4 cup Naked Coffee Booster
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 1 raw or pasteurized egg yolk
- 1 tsp Lemon Vinegar (I buy this amazing Lemon Vinegar from our German Grocery store, you could also mix lemon juice and white wine vinegar)
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- Generous pinch of salt and white pepper

This was my first attempt at making homemade aoili - and though it didn't work on my first try, the second batch was amazing! The key is to mix in a food processor and add in the fats VERY slowly to make sure they are fully emulsified. 

There is definitely a coconut flavor to this delicious garlicky dip, so it wouldn't pair with everything - but is amazing with white fish or shrimp.

Coconut Oil Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing






On my first attempt at the aioli recipe above, I wanted to leave out the raw egg yolk - but the dip didn't thicken into that beautiful aioli texture. So I added extra vinegar and dressed it up with some crushed mustard seeds and black pepper (I like my salad dressings to have a bit of personality) and it made a delicious tropical salad dressing.

Again - you can taste the coconut, so this goes great with plain greens or a tropical inspired salad. With the roasted garlic, I found it would be a great substitute for caesar dressing, but the coconut flavor wouldn't be for everyone.

- 3 cloves of roasted garlic
- 1/4 cup Naked Coffee Booster
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 1 raw or pasteurized egg yolk
- 4 Tbsp Lemon Vinegar (I buy this amazing Lemon Vinegar from the German Grocery store, you could also mix lemon juice and white wine vinegar)
- 1 tsp mustard seeds, gently crushed in a mortar and pestle
Generous pinch of salt and black pepper

Keto Friendly Rich Chocolate Truffles

Keto Chocolate Truffle with Coffee BoosterThese truffles are one of my go-to recipes for Christmas. When everyone is baking up sugar-filled treats - these decadent dark chocolate truffles are always a huge hit! Full of healthy fats and Net 2 carbs (depending on how big you make them) a little indulgence goes a long way.

The secret is out of the bag on my homemade Christmas treats - so I might as well share them with you. Find the full recipe here.

Cocconut & Ghee Popcorn topping

I know it is not low carb - but I could have a worse indulgent favorite than popcorn. No joke, it is my favorite food. I could literally go on alllll day about popcorn, but today I’ll keep it short and just tell you about adding a little coconut oil to your next movie night!

I first had this at friend’s house - we were having a little wine night and as a snack, she popped up some fresh kernels in a glass top frying pan. When the popcorn was ready, she dolloped a couple tablespoons of coconut oil right from the jar into the pan and let it melt before shaking. A little salt on top and I was in heaven! A slight smell of coconut oil filled the room, but the taste was just like a delicious, buttery batch of homemade popcorn.

This is now one of my favorite ways to indulge - not just on movie night, but any day of the week. Since I always have Coffee Booster around, I like to double my pleasure by using the Naked flavor - a little bit of coconut oil and a little bit of high quality ghee. Does it get any better? Plus, if you live somewhere hot, or it is a hot summer day, your Coffee Booster may be the right consistency right out of the cupboard.

Pop 1 cup of kernels by your usual method (either air popped or
Melt a quarter cup of Naked Coffee Booster and pour over popped kernels.
Shake, sprinkle with salt, and serve.