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Substitute Coconut for Baking

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.

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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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