The naturallyorganic product of the month: organic coconut milk (+ a strawberry-coconut ice pops recipe)
Naturallyorganic, Avril Supermarché Santé’s home brand, offers exclusive products of superior quality. Avril’s founders carefully select each item during their numerous trips abroad, where they set out to discover local, responsible and eco-friendly producers. This month’s selection: organic coconut milk.
How is coconut milk made?
Like most plant-based milks, coconut milk is made from the pulp of the nut part of the fruit. The most commonly used method is to infuse the grated coconut in hot water. The mixture is then filtered to extract the liquids, fats and, of course, the flavours. Finally, guar gum* is added so that the coconut water and the coconut fat do not separate once canned. As for naturallyorganic’s light and superior coconut milks, they contain only three ingredients: organic coconut, water and guar gum.
*Guar gum is a thickener, a stabilizer (binder) and a natural emulsifier. It comes from guar, a plant from the legume family. Its seeds provide a whitish and odourless powder, which, in contact with a certain quantity of water, jellifies. Among its properties, guar gum is known to slow down the metabolism of sugars, to reduce the absorption of sugars and fats, to reduce cholesterol levels and to regulate intestinal transit.
What are the benefits of coconut milk?
In addition to being rich in minerals (iron, potassium and phosphorus), coconut milk contains selenium, a trace element that promotes healthy joints. Although coconut milk is also a good alternative to dairy milk if you are vegan or have allergies or intolerances, it should be consumed in moderation given its saturated fat content1.
How to use coconut milk in the kitchen?
In many countries of Central America and Asia, coconut milk is an integral part of local cuisine. This unique tasting ingredient, popular in the West for some years now, can replace its animal counterpart in many recipes2. From smoothies to soups to casseroles and rice puddings, there are a thousand ways to incorporate it into sweet and savoury recipes!
Strawberry-coconut frozen pops recipe
- 1 can of 400 ml of coconut milk
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup
- Optional toppings: sliced strawberries or berries
1. Mix all ingredients in the blender until a smooth texture is obtained. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. If you want toppings: add a small amount of strawberries or berries to each ice pop mold.
3. Divide the mixture into the molds. Freeze 1 hour before inserting the sticks.
- Freeze overnight.
- Remove the ice pops from the freezer 5 minutes before unmolding.
Preparation time: 10 minutes + freezing time / Yield: About 8 lollipops