Your first thought regarding coconut water might not be using it as an ingredient in cooking. The versatility of this ingredient is often overlooked. Anything that you would normally add water to is likely to become smoother, creamier and more delicious with the replacement of coconut water. Smoothies, ice cream, puddings, and even cakes can benefit from this versatile and inexpensive substitute. Don’t underestimate the value of the humble coconut. Subtly sweet, with just a hint of salt it should be obvious how heavily packed with electrolytes this unique substance is. Some people enjoy the flavor all by itself while others prefer to use it to enhance other flavors.
If you like your cake to be a little more moist replace half of the water in your mix for recipe with coconut water the slight increase in fat content will greatly enhance your results. You won’t likely notice the very slight coconut flavor this water has on it’s on because it is so subtle. Recipes are all different so you may need to do some experimenting to find the perfect substitution amount. If a recipe calls for quite a bit of water you may not want to replace half. Pumpkin cookies and zucchini breads or other squash-based items that are enhanced with spices can also benefit greatly from the use of coconut water. And rice pudding, likely one of your grandmother’s favorites, is absolutely heavenly when the rice is cooked in coconut water. And additional shredded coconut, and coconut milk can be added to further enrich your baked goods.
Most people would never think to add coconut water as the secret ingredient for fluffy and decadent baked goods. Keep some in your pantry so you can experiment with your favorite recipes and discover another wonderful way to use coconut water. This stuff isn’t just a health fad created by the diet industry it is actually a wonderful food to add to your life for the long haul. Slow cook puddings and baked puddings might be the best place to use your coconut water. These particular desserts are enhanced by the slight coconut flavor and the additional creaminess that comes with its use. There is plenty of room in these desserts for dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and dried fruit to further liven things up.
Don’t get stuck in a rut when it comes time for seasonal baking. Enjoy a wide variety of recipes both old and new with a few little health secrets hidden inside. Gogi berries, chia seeds, dried cranberries, fresh ground spices such as ginger and cinnamon and every part of the coconut can become the bakers best friend. For a new twist on an old favorite try substituting some of your water for coconut water, this can also work with coconut milk and cows milk. Creativity and experimentation are keys to kitchen happiness. Every health the choice makes a difference. The possibilities are endless.