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Substitute Coconut for Baking

Jun 29, 2010

Coconut is a commonly used baking ingredient. However, if you need a substitution, due to an allergy or lack of having the ingredient on hand, here are a few suggestions on how to substitute coconut in your baking.

Dry and Grated Coconut

If your recipe calls for dry, grated coconut and you don’t have that on hand—or cannot find it in the store—for every 1 tbsp of dry, grated coconut, you can substitute it with 1 ½ tbsp of fresh, grated coconut. Alternatively, you can substitute the other way around as well. If you cannot find fresh, grated coconut, you can substitute each 1 ½ tbsp with 1 tbsp of dry, grated coconut.

Coconut Cream

For recipes requiring coconut cream, you substitute it on a 1 cup to 1 cup basis with regular cream. Additionally, you can also substitute coconut cream with whipped cream.

If your recipe calls for fresh coconut cream, you can substitute on a 1 cup for 1 cup basis with canned coconut cream. Alternatively, you can take a can of coconut milk before shaking or stirring it and remove the first cup from the top to substitute for 1 cup of fresh coconut cream. Finally, you can substitute 1 cup of fresh coconut cream with 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and ½ cup of coconut cream powder.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk, like coconut cream, can also be substituted on a 1 cup to 1 cup basis with regular milk. Other alternatives include soy milk, almond milk or rice milk. Coconut milk can also be substituted on a 1 cup to 1 cup basis with whipped cream. When done in this fashion, also add ½ tsp of coconut extract for every cup substituted in this manner. Finally, you can also substitute 1 cup of coconut milk with 3 tbsp of coconut cream and ⅞ cup or water, or low-fat or skim milk.

If you require fresh coconut milk for a recipe, you can substitute it for canned coconut milk. This substitution is done on a 1 cup for 1 cup basis. Alternatively, you can mix 3 tbsp of canned coconut cream with enough hot water or milk to equal 1 cup for every 1 cup required in the recipe. Finally, you can mix together ¼ cup of coconut cream powder with 1 cup of hot water or milk to substitute every 1 cup of fresh coconut milk.

Grated Coconut

If grated coconut is called for, but you only have flaked available to you, that’s fine. Flaked coconut can be a substitute for grated coconut on a basis of 1 ⅓ cup flaked coconut for every 1 cup of grated coconut needed in the recipe.

Fresh Coconut

If fresh coconut is called for, and is unavailable to you for any reason, you can substitute 1 cup of fresh coconut with either 1 cup of dried, flaked coconut or ¾ cup of dried, shredded coconut.

Dry and Shredded Coconut

For recipes that require dry, shredded coconut, you can substitute 1 ¼ cup fresh, grated coconut or 1 ¼ cup dried, flaked coconut for every 1 cup.

Almonds as a Substitute

If you cannot have coconut due to allergies or some other reason, coconut can be substituted with almonds.

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