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Best Coconut Milk Brands of 2022

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Coconut milk is a popular plant-based beverage used in baking, cooking, smoothies and more. Its creamy texture and healthy fat content make it super useful! Yet coconut milk (especially canned) varies wildly in taste and fat content. So my team and I taste-tested all that we could find to bring you the best coconut milk brands to buy and which ones to leave at the store.

We’ve done these Rawkstar Reports annually for almond milk and oat milk, and now we’re adding coconut milk to the list too! The results always surprise us, so I can’t wait to share them with you!

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Coconut Milk Rawkstar Report

We ranked brands on taste, texture, ingredients (gums, organic or not, types of additives) and the kind of packaging (B-corp, level of recyclability). Some brands had very few ingredients yet got bonus points if they were organic. Many had gums and therefore got better ratings for fewer gums and organic gums. We only tested unsweetened original versions to make this test as equal as possible. No added sugars or flavors in any of these!

Best Carton Coconut Beverages

We weren’t the biggest fans of the taste of any of the cartons we tried. Yet who drinks a giant glass of straight coconut ‘milk’ anyways? So the taste test didn’t carry as much weight as the ingredients and packaging.

Good & Gather Unsweetened Organic Coconut


Vita Coco Coconut Milk Original Organic


So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Unsweetened

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Original Unsweetened

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

365 Organic Unsweetened Coconut Original

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Califia Farms Coconut Milk Coconut Water Blend

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew
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All Around Winners

  1. Good & Gather Unsweetened Organic Coconut
  2. Vita Coco Coconut Milk Original Unsweetened*
  3. So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Unsweetened

*Vita Coco was the only brand with limited ingredients (not fortified with vitamins/minerals). They also only had gellan gum, while all the other brands had two or more gums.

Taste Test Winners

  1. Silk Unsweetened Coconut
  2. Good & Gather Unsweetened Organic Coconut
  3. Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Original Unsweetened

Organic Brands

Most of the carton milk brands we tried were organic:

  • Good & Gather Unsweetened Organic Coconut
  • Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Original Unsweetened
  • So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Unsweetened
  • Vita Coco Coconut Original Organic
  • 365 Organic Unsweetened Coconut Original
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Best Canned Coconut Milk Brands

Unlike carton milk, full-fat canned had a few gum-free brands (woohoo!). We also found the tastes more appealing overall. If you want/need to up your fat content, use one of these great brands. They are great for super thick smoothies and smoothie bowls and cooking creamy sauces.

Almond Milk Brands: Elmhurst Milked Almonds

Almond Milk Brands: Elmhurst Milked Almonds

So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Best All Around Full Fat

  1. Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Coconut Unsweetened
  2. Field Day Organic Classic Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  3. Thrive Market Organic Coconut Regular

Best Tasting Full Fat

  1. Field Day Organic Classic Coconut Unsweetened
  2. Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Classic
  3. Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Coconut Unsweetened

Organic Full Fat

Half of the full-fat canned milk we tested had organic ingredients. Bonus!

  1. Field Day Organic Classic Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  2. Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Classic
  3. Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  4. Sprouts Organic Coconut Unsweetened
  5. Thrive Market Organic Coconut Milk Regular
  6. Good and Gather Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  7. Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Simple
  8. Cadia Organic Coconut Milk
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Best All Around Light Canned

  1. Sprouts Organic Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  2. Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  3. Thrive Market Organic Coconut Lite Milk

Best Tasting Light

  1. Sprouts Lite Coconut Unsweetened Milk
  2. Sprouts Organic Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  3. 365 Organic Light Coconut Milk

Organic Light

Only 2 of the light canned brands weren’t organic. So if that’s important to you, then the below list gives you lots of great options!

  1. Sprouts Organic Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  2. 365 Organic Light Coconut
  3. Field Day Organic Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  4. KaMe Coconut Lite Organic
  5. Thrive Market Organic Coconut Milk Lite
  6. Cadia Organic Light Coconut Milk
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How to Buy the Best Brand

READ YOUR LABELS. No matter what kind of milk you are buying, look for one with the fewest ingredients, no gums (if possible), and no sulfites (found in a few canned versions we tested). If you want to know your ingredients, read on for a breakdown.

Calcium: Calcium Carbonate VS. Tricalcium Phosphate

Many plant beverage manufacturers fortify their milk with calcium because they compete with dairy milk. The two main kinds of calcium added are calcium carbonate and tricalcium phosphate.

They have roughly the same amount of elemental (real) calcium per unit. However, calcium carbonate is more easily digested, as it is more naturally occurring than tricalcium phosphate. Companies choose the more processed, less natural form of calcium, tricalcium phosphate because it’s cheaper. We docked them in our report if they did this.

Sunflower Lecithin

A few of the carton brands have sunflower lecithin. We have lecithin naturally in our bodies. It’s made up of fatty acids. Sunflower lecithin, in particular, is non-GMO, which makes us happy. This supplement is added to food as an emulsifier. It keeps fat and oils from mixing with other substances in our bodies.

There are several health benefits to sunflower lecithin, such as:

  • Improves Heart Health through breaking down fat
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Promotes liver health
  • Helps breastfeeding mothers avoid clogged ducts
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves digestion
  • Fights dementia symptoms

Sulfites

I’m sure you’ve heard this word tossed around the health food arena just like I have. Yet what are sulfites, and why do we run from them?!

The Mayo Clinic explains it as sulfite sensitivity. Sulfites are used in food as a preservative. You’ll often find them in wine, but they were banned from fresh fruit and veggies in the 1980s due to several severe documented reactions. If you don’t have asthma, you will probably not be affected by sulfites. Yet if you have asthma, it’s better to steer clear when you can.

Another reason to check those labels we found sulfites in 2 of the full-fat canned brands we tested: Iberia and Goya.

Gums in Coconut Beverages

Almost every brand we tried had gums of one kind or another in it. Here’s the breakdown to help you understand your gums better:

  • Xanthan Gum (not so good): added to food as a thickener/preservative. It’s created when sugar is fermented by a certain kind of bacteria. It’s an insoluble fiber, so our bodies can’t break it down, therefore it has no real nutritional value. Xanthan gum comes from sugar found in wheat, corn, soy and dairy. You should avoid it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
  • Gellan Gum (better): Added to food to thicken, stabilize/texturize. It’s a plant-based alternative to gelatin. Studies are inconclusive so far in determining the safety/benefit vs the risk of adding gellan gum to food. Some studies show that it can reduce constipation, while other studies link it to abnormalities in stomach lining.
  • Locust Bean Gum (better): added to food as a natural thickener. It is made from the seeds of a carob tree. It’s health benefits include lowering blood sugar, high in fiber and able to reduce reflux in infants (added to infant formula). While it is more naturally occurring mentioned than the other gums we, there also isn’t a whole lot of research yet on how good or bad it can be for our bodies to ingest in the long run.
  • Guar Gum (better): added to food as a binder/thickener. It’s made from guar beans and is high in fiber. It may aid in digestion as well as help lower cholesterol and blood sugar. If consumed in high quantities, it can obstruct the esophagus and small bowel, so the FDA has maximum usage levels. Coconut milk is only allowed to have 1% guar gum in it, or up to 2.4 grams per serving.
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Plant Milk FAQs

What brand of coconut milk is the best?

Per our taste test, the best all-around brand in the carton is Vita Coco Coconut Milk Original Organic. The best in full-fat is Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Coconut Milk Unsweetened, and the best in light is Thrive Market Organic Coconut Milk Lite.

Is coconut milk bad for you?

It doesn’t have to be. Look for brands with the fewest ingredients, avoid sulfites (especially if you have asthma), and know that coconut is naturally high in healthy fat.

What coconut milk is best for curry?

I recommend using a full-fat canned version for curry since you want a creamy sauce-like texture. The best all-around full-fat coconut milk is Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Coconut Milk Unsweetened. No gums and super creamy!

Recipes that Use Coconut Milk

Now that you’re armed with the best coconut milk brands let’s make something! Most of the recipes below let you choose which type of milk you want. Yet know that using carton milk when the recipe calls for canned will cause you to lose out on a lot of healthy fat + creamy consistency.

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Iced Coconut Green Tea Recipe

A tasty, refreshing drink that is loaded with antioxidants and tropical flavors.

Iced Coconut Green Tea Recipe
Iced Coconut Green Tea

I know coconut water is the go-to summer drink for many of us. That is because there is nothing quite as refreshing as a big, cold glass of coconut water on a hot summer’s day. Sipping on a coconut water is also just more exciting than drinking regular plain water. The subtle tropical taste is definitely way more fun.

Ice tea is another classic, refreshing summertime drink. Freshly brewed iced green tea served with a slice of lemon is an iconic summer image. So we thought, why not combine the two tasty summer drinks and create an iced coconut green tea. Sounds pretty amazing, right? And it is!

What Does Coconut Green Tea Taste Like?

The tropical flavor of the coconut water goes perfectly with the earthy taste of the green tea. Fresh lemon juice brightens up the drink and a touch of honey adds just the right amount of sweetness. This iced tea is taking summer drinks to the next level!

Is Coconut Water Healthy?

Coconut water is very healthy. Not only does it taste good but it also has lots of nutritional benefits. Here are just a few of the ways coconut water can benefit you:

  • Antioxidant properties fight free radicals in your body. They can help prevent heart disease, diabetes and illness.
  • Coconut water can lower blood sugar
  • It can prevent kidney stones
  • Hydrates and revitalizes after prolonged exercise
  • Has been shown to promote heart health

Coconut water is a natural source of many vitamins and minerals. Don’t you love when delicious drinks are also healthy?

Iced Coconut Green Tea

Is Green Tea Healthy?

Green tea is the other major ingredient in our drink. Luckily, it is also insanely healthy! Here is what green tea can do for you and the benefits it has.

  • Green tea has been shown to improve brain function
  • The antioxidants in green tea can lower the risk of some cancers
  • It can protect the brain from aging effects
  • Green tea has been proven to reduce bad breath
  • It can help prevent cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Seems like another powerhouse ingredient. Imagine the impact that green tea plus coconut water can have on your body. Sounds like this is a drink you will need to start making daily!

How to Make Iced Coconut Green Tea

If you know how to brew tea, then you can easily make this coconut green tea. It is super simple and makes a good amount so you can have some now and save some for later. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the green tea bags and steep the tea for 5 minutes.
  3. Squeeze the tea out of the tea bags, getting as much liquid as possible. Discard the bags.
  4. Stir in the coconut water, honey and lemon juice.
  5. Chill the tea

This recipe makes a nice, big pitch of coconut iced tea. Be sure to have a picture on hand all summer long. It is a healthy way to stay hydrated and happy. It is also a perfect drink to serve to your guests.

Iced Coconut Green Tea

Variations and Substitutions

There are a few ways to switch up this iced coconut green tea recipe. Take a look at these variations and see which one you would like to try.

  • Try the coconut water green tea served warm. Rather than chill the tea, pour it directly into a mug and drink before bedtime. Coconut water has been shown to help relax muscles and reduce stress. Green tea has amino acids that have been proven to promote restful sleep patterns. A big mug of coconut green tea and you’ll be off to dream land in no time. This double-duty iced tea is a drink you definitely need to try.
  • Try using flavored coconut water. Pineapple coconut water will give your green iced tea even more tropical flavor. Ginger, lime and turmeric coconut water will add an incredible amount of flavor as well as extra electrolytes. See what kinds of coconut oil are in stores near you and give them all a try!
  • Replace honey with maple syrup. This is another very flavorful, natural sweetener that tastes great with coconut and green tea. You can also use your favorite alternative sweetener to make this drink have fewer carbs. Erythritol works great and blends right into the drink.
  • Pour two cups of the chilled iced coconut green tea into a blender with one cup of ice and puree until you get a thick slushie. This is an even more refreshing way to enjoy this delicious drink.

If you have any successful tips or tricks to this tasty coconut green tea, let us know! We always love to find new little secrets to help make our drinks even better.

Give our iced coconut green tea a try and let us know what you think. We hope that it will become your new favorite summer drink. It is flavorful, refreshing, easy and healthy. What more could you want from a drink? Seems pretty perfect to us! Enjoy.

Iced Coconut Green Tea

Iced Coconut Green Tea

Recipe by Mocktail.net

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water

  • 4 decaf green tea bags

  • 4 cups coconut water

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3 Tbsp honey

  • Lemon slices

Directions

  • Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling, add the green tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and squeeze to get out all of the liquid. Discard the tea bags.
  • Stir in the coconut water, lemon juice and honey. Reheat the tea is you would like to enjoy it warm.
  • Pour the tea into a large pitcher and place it in the fridge to cool.
  • Pour the iced tea into tall glasses and serve with ice and a lemon wedge.

Tips and Tricks

  • • This iced tea will keep in the fridge for about two weeks.
    • Replace the regular water with coconut water to have an even more tropical flavor.
  • Tools:
    • Measuring Cup
    • Tablespoon
    • small pot
    • Wooden spoon
    • Pitcher
  • Area of ​​Use:
    Bedtime, afternoon tea, get-well drink

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We get a lot of questions about our mocktail recipes and we try to answer as many as possible. Hopefully these frequently asked questions and answers will help you! Leave any extra questions you have in the comments below and we will try to answer ASAP.

Does green tea go with coconut?

It definitely does! That tropical taste of the coconut is very tasty with the earthy, almost grassy taste of green tea.

Does coconut milk go with green tea?

Coconut milk in green tea is pretty good. We aren’t huge fans of milk in green tea but it can work for some people. We prefer to mix coconut water with green tea. Now THAT is a flawless combination.

Is green tea good with ice?

Green tea is definitely good with ice. This is a great, refreshing way to enjoy green tea in the summer. Green tea tastes even better chilled with a little bit of coconut added to the mix! Of course, our recipe can help you with that.

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How to Make Coconut Milk

how to make coconut milk

Making homemade coconut milk is easy and only needs two ingredients, simple kitchen tools, and about 20 minutes of your time. As a result, you’ll find the end result to be a creamy, plant-based milk with no gums, artificial flavors or sweeteners. Let’s learn how to make coconut milk and my fav ways to use it.

Knowing how to make my own plant milk helps me even when buying store bought milk! If I’m in a pinch and need to get milk from the store, I know to look for limited ingredients as well as no fillers or sweeteners. Let’s be honest though… Once you make your own coconut milk, you’ll never want to buy it from the store again!

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Making Homemade Coconut Milk

Once again, it can be difficult to find milk that’s free of additives, stabilizers, and gums (I’m looking at you carrageenan!) to use in recipes that call for coconut milk. Yet, never fear! Your blender’s here! All you need to make this homemade version is:

  • 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut
  • 3 boiling cups filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt (optional!)
  • High speed blender
  • Cheesecloth, tea towel, or nut milk bag
  • Mesh strainer

Now let’s get milking!

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  1. Place the shredded coconut in a bowl of boiling water. Stir to encourage the flakes to stay submerged. They will naturally absorb some of the hot water during soaking, which will break down the flakes to a creamy goodness.

Cream is the best sort of homemade coconut milk, don’t you agree?

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2. Blend. The #1 appliance in my kitchen is my blender. In addition to using it for my daily green smoothie, I use it for homemade hummus, pancakes and yep, even milk from plants.

A high speed blender will break apart coconut flakes the best, and gets you as many nutrients possible. I recommend checking out my blender guide if your blender isn’t up to the challenge.

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3. Strain Your homemade coconut milk like a pro…Having a two-layered strainer will get you the creamiest results. To do this, I use a mesh strainer and a nut milk bag. Just place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Gather the cloth at the top, twist and gently squeeze as much milk from the solids as possible. The remaining coconut pulp should be fairly dry.

Pro tip: if you want a thicker homemade coconut milk, just use a cheese cloth. You may get a bit of ‘pulp’ from the coconut yet you’ll also get a creamier finished product.

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How to Store Your Plant Milk

Transfer your freshly homemade coconut milk to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. The milk will keep 3-4 days, maybe a little longer. As a result of the (healthy!) fat content, the milk will separate into layers, so be sure to shake before using.

The top most layer is the coconut cream. In addition to other uses, it can be spooned off for recipes calling for full-fat coconut milk.

Where Does Coconut Milk Come From?

After all, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “almonds don’t lactateOf course we’re talking about homemade coconut milk here, yet the same confusion applies. Actually, according to the Smithsonian Magazine, the word lactate actually comes from the Latin root word of lettuce – meaning the milky white juice that comes out of certain plants. In addition, various types of non-dairy milk, like coconut milk, have been staples in Southeast Asian, African and Indian cuisines for ages.

Homemade vs. Store Bought

Meanwhile which is better? Recently we tested as many store bought almond milk and oat milk brands as we could find in Central Florida to see which were best. To clarify, while we haven’t done the same for coconut beverages just yet – many of the same criteria apply. When it comes to buying from the store, we’d def avoid brands that contain additional sugar, gums, fillers or those always mysterious ‘natural flavors’.

While there are always decently healthy options out there, if you want to know for sure what’s in your milk and going into your body – I’d opt for homemade coconut milk when possible.

Coconut Milk Recipes

And speaking of recipes that use coconut milk, can I share a few? This particular kind of plant based milk is one of my favs to use, especially in dessert leaning recipes because it has a natural touch of sweetness. Now that you’ve made some coconut milk of your own, give these a try:

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How to Make Coconut Milk

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An easy homemade coconut milk recipe without any extra fillers or gums is here. This is the cleanest coconut milk you’ll find.

Total Time15 minutes

Yields4

Supplies

  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 3 cups water boiling
  • pinch sea ​​salt

Instructions

  • Place coconut in a pot of boiling water and allow coconut to soak for a minimum of 10 minutes.

  • Add to blender and carefully blend until smooth.

  • Place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth, tea towel or pour into a nut milk bag, and allow the coconut milk to drop down into the bowl.

  • Gather the cloth at the top, twist and gently squeeze as much coconut milk from the solids as possible. The remaining coconut pulp should be fairly dry. (The pulp can be added to baked goods and smoothies for extra fibre.)

  • Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

  • Less water can be used for thicker, creamier coconut milk.
  • The coconut milk will keep 3-4 days, maybe a little longer.
  • Shake well before using. The milk will separate into layers. The topmost layer is coconut cream. It can be spooned off for recipes calling for full-fat coconut milk.
  • This coconut milk recipe makes a similar product to refrigerated carton coconut milk from the store. It doesn’t have the fat content in canned coconut milk.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 140kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 5g (2%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 12g (75%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monnounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 17mg (1%) Potassium: 115mg (3%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 11mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

Plant Milk Recipes

If you love the idea of ​​making plant milk at home then check out these simple recipes!

Almond Milk

Oat Milk

Vegan Milk

Cashew Milk