The most important meal of the day, breakfast, calls for dishes that are delicious and healthy. You can ensure your morning meals are both by adding coconut milk to them. It has a creamy texture and mildly sweet flavor, and regularly consuming coconut milk can make you healthier.
Livestrong explains that it contains unique fatty acids that aid in weight loss, improve immune function, reduce the risk for heart disease, and improve your skin and hair health. Ready to reap coconut milk’s many benefits? Here are 6 recipes to get you started.
1. Coconut Milk Pancakes
The nutritional profile of these coconut milk pancakes is reason enough to serve them for breakfast. Organic Authority explains that coconut milk, which is created from the grated meat of a coconut, contains fatty acids referred to as medium chain triglycerides. The triglycerides lower your cholesterol and can even have therapeutic effects on certain brain disorders.
In addition to being healthy, these pancakes can also “be made and enjoyed on the basis of their taste alone. The coconut flavor isn’t nearly as strong as imagined. Instead, as they are imbued with a mild, nutty flavor that truly adds to the experience,” Organic Authority says. Before serving, top your pancakes with fruit, such as blueberries, pineapple, bananas, and strawberries, or add more coconut flavors to your flapjacks by sprinkling them with toasted coconut.
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2. Toasted Almond and Coconut Quinoa Porridge
There is no shortage of healthy ingredients in this dish, which Food52 describes as a “creamy, rich, and sweet bowl of quinoa porridge. Nutrition nerds, take note: this dish is rich in fiber and complete protein.” Coconut milk gives it a creamy texture, while almonds, maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, and dates create warm and toasty flavors. SFGate writes that coconut milk, which is particularly popular in the Philippines and the Caribbean, works wonderfully as a substitute for cow’s milk.
It is easy to digest and is a good source of many vital vitamins and nutrients, particularly vitamins B, C, and E. In addition, SFGate reports that coconut milk is a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and phosphorous. Not only is this breakfast dish delicious and nutritious, but you’ll find it’s a breeze to prepare. First, toast your almonds and rinse your quinoa. Then, bring the quinoa, maple syrup, sea salt, water, cinnamon, and coconut milk to a boil, and let simmer until the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Top with additional coconut milk, toasted almond slivers, and a smattering of dates, if desired.
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3. Dairy-Free Coconut Waffles
Five Heart Home explains that “as a self-proclaimed waffle connoisseur, I feel obligated to tell you that these waffles are AMAZING. If you have a fondness for coconut, you’re in for a real treat. And if you’re always on the look-out for dairy-free recipes, I have a feeling that this is one you’ll return to time and time again!” The waffles are made with whole-wheat flour; coconut milk, oil, and flakes; and a touch of honey, creating a breakfast dish that is wonderfully sweet.
The whole-wheat pastry flour in this recipe gives the waffles a lighter taste and texture, but if you can’t find any, you can substitute with half whole-wheat flour and half white flour. If you’d like to enhance the coconut flavors in this dish, prepare some toasted coconut following My Baking Addiction’s recipe, and then top your waffles with it. This recipe was adapted from from Pastry Affair.
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4. Blueberry Coconut Muffins
With Two Peas & Their Pod’s blueberry coconut muffins, “you get the benefits of whole grains with a nice and light texture. I also used coconut oil, lite coconut milk, and shredded coconut. Triple the coconut, triple the deliciousness!” The best part? All you have to do is mix your ingredients and then patiently wait for them to bake, which takes about 20 minutes.
BBC Good Food explains that while coconut milk is high in fat, it is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids. MCFAs are used up more quickly by the body, meaning they’re less likely to be stored as fat. One of coconut milk’s MCFAs, called lauric acid, is converted into a compound called monolaurin, which helps destroy a wide range of disease-causing organisms. Not only does your morning muffin taste heavenly, but it can also protect your body from infections and viruses!
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5. Coconut Cream Pie French Toast
For best results, start preparing your coconut cream pie French toast the night before. Whisk together the coconut milk, almond milk, eggs, vanilla, agave nectar, and raw sugar and then put your crusty bread in the mixture, allowing it to soak overnight. In the morning, cook your french toast and prepare to enjoy decadent coconut cream pie flavors!
Minimalist Baker says the “coconut whipped cream, toasted coconut flake and maple syrup make this dish the ultimate breakfast indulgence.” When you’re cooking this recipe, which was adapted from the Food Network, Minimalist Baker recommends first frying your french toast on both sides and then finishing it in the oven, about 10 minutes or so. This is particularly important if you’re using thick slices of french bread; it ensures they cook all the way through.
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6. Coconut Chia Pudding
Three ingredients are all you need to make PopSugar’s Paleo-friendly pudding: “High in anti-inflammatory omega-3s, this sweet chia pudding is a make-ahead recipe that will save you time, fill you up on fiber, and help you debloat.” Take a few minutes to mix together the ingredients the night before, place in the fridge, and you’ll have a sweet breakfast dish to wake up to in the morning.
Before eating, make sure the pudding is nice and thick, and that the chia seeds are gelled. Top with your favorite fruit and nuts, and enjoy! With one serving containing 206 calories, 14.4 grams of fat, 2.6 grams of fiber, 8.6 grams of sugar, and 4.6 grams of protein, this recipe is a light and healthy way to kick start your morning.
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