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Editor’s Note: Since I wrote this post back in 2010, I have gone completely dairy-free to help combat my autoimmune thyroid disease. You can read more about my health journey here. That said, this post is timeless and the creamy coconut milk tonic is uber satisfying for those who have had to give up dairy!
I try not to eat a lot of dairy (unless it’s raw milk products) because of the congestion I get when consuming pasteurized milk products.
But, I still like my cereal, the occasional cup of hot chocolate, or a glass of cold milk with dessert. So, I knew I had to find a substitute.
I don’t drink soy milk, and I’m not a huge fan of the nut milks on the market (though almond milk will do in a pinch).
I discovered Sally Fallon and Mary Enig’s recipe for coconut milk tonic in her book, Eat Fat, Lose Fat. I then discovered the Nourishing Gourmet’s version of the drink and was instantly hooked!
Rich & Creamy Coconut Milk Tonic
This recipe is designed to help extend your canned coconut milk. As we all know, the price of coconut milk has skyrocketed over the last couple years. I know I have seen at least a $1.00 increase in some brands, and much more in others.
Of all the packaged coconut milks on the market, my favorite is the Aroy-D coconut milk and coconut cream that comes in the tetra-paks. I find that the taste and texture is far better than most canned varieties. But, since that one can be kind of hard to find, I also like Native Forest’s brand, as it is packaged in BPA-free cans.
You could always make your own coconut milk if you prefer. It’s easy to do and very cost effective, but it won’t be as thick and creamy as canned coconut milks. It’s important to note that most commercial coconut milk products do contain thickeners and stabilizers like guar gum, xanthan gum, and others. If you are sensitive to these, making your own coconut milk at home may be your best bet. If you make your own, you won’t need to add any additional water, but you could add some flavorings of your choice if you like.
Confused about all the different coconut products? We’ve got coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut manna, coconut milk, coconut cream … the list goes on and on. Check out my comprehensive Coconut Ingredient Guide for Beginners.
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Sally Fallon’s Coconut Milk Tonic
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk (or about 1.75 cups – I love Aroy-D brand)
- 1 3/4 cups filtered water
- 2 tablespoons pure Grade B maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of dolomite powder*
- Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat until dolomite powder is dissolved.
- Pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge. Will keep for up to a week.
*Dolomite powder is an inexpensive and easily absorbable of calcium. One teaspoon will have the same amount of calcium as one quart of milk.
Nourishing Gourmet’s Coconut Milk Tonic
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk (or about 1.75 cups)
- 1 can coconut water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (learn how to make your own here)
- Mix ingredients together and store in the fridge. Will keep for up to a week.