BRYANNA'S LOW-FAT COCONUT MILK FOR COOKING
10 (1/4 cup) servings
Yield: 2 1/2 cups
This recipe is easily multiplied. It makes a really creamy, slightly-thick coconut milk.
Almond Breeze is my preferred liquid for this recipe. It is made from almonds, but is quite low in fat, and has a nutty flavor which is closer to coconut flavor than either soy or rice milk. You can also use the new low-fat So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage, if you prefer, but as outlined above in the Aug. update, it still contains saturated fat.
This milk can be used in East Indian, West Indian, Southeast Asian, and other dishes which call for coconut milk. The real thing contains from 45 to 60 g of fat and over 500 calories per cup, compared to 4.4 to 5.4 g fat and 104 to 120 calories per cup for this recipe! It is also alot cheaper AND creamier than canned regular or lite coconut milk. NOTE: If you pressure cook a dish with the mock coconut milk, add the blended silken tofu just before serving.
Coconut Flour: I use a Canadian Brand, Alpha Organic. Here are some organic brands available in the USA: Swanson Organic; Let's Do Organic; Aloha Nu; Tropical Traditions; Island Harvest; Bob's Red Mill; Wilderness Family Naturals. These are available through amazon.com.
1/2 cup firm or extra-firm silken tofu (you can use the reduced-fat kind if you like)
2 cups Almond Breeze beverage, Original (or So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage, Original)
1/4 cup coconut flour (see information above)
Mix in a blender until very smooth. Refrigerate in a sealed jar.
For "Coconut Cream" or Thick Coconut "Milk", use more silken tofu, and less milk.
For a thinner "coconut milk", omit the tofu and use 1 cup milk.
NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS calculated using Almond Breeze Original, regular extra-firm silken tofu and Alpha Organic Coconut Flour.
Nutrition (per 1/4 cup): 26.6 calories; 32% calories from fat; 1.1g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 42.9mg sodium; 62.2mg potassium; 3.8g carbohydrates; 1.3g fiber; 1.8g sugar; 2.5g net carbs; 2.0g protein; 0.4 points.
NUTRITION ANALYSIS calculated using So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage, Original, regular extra-firm silken tofu and Alpha Organic Coconut Flour:
Nutrition (per 1/4 cup): 30.6 calories; 43% calories from fat; 1.6g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 15.9mg sodium; 44.2mg potassium; 3.6g carbohydrates; 1.1g fiber; 1.6g sugar; 2.5g net carbs; 2.0g protein; 0.5 points.
© Bryanna Clark Grogan OCTOBER 2010