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Thursday
May312012

coconut mocha milkshake

As much as I love coconut milk I always have about 1/2 of a can leftover that gets stored in the fridge, pushed to the back, and forgotten about.

I now have the most delicious solution for this common problem.  You will never have to deal with the question, “What should I do with my leftover canned coconut milk?” ever again.

Thanks to ice cube milkshakes.

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Last week you saw the strawberries n’ cream milkshake but this time around I wanted to use coconut milk.

Not only does this give you a way to use up extra coconut milk, but this version is also vegan.  I have been enjoying my fair share of these quick milkshakes on the new porch.  Ohhhhh how I am in love with having a porch instead of a storage shed attached to the front of our house!

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First we have the simple but delicious coconut cream milkshake.

If you’re new to canned coconut milk, it’s quite the treat.  I suggest giving it a shot even if you’re not a fan of coconut.  Most people tell me it’s the texture of coconut that throws them but not the flavor.  Of course if you hate the flavor, it’s probably best to not try this.

Canned coconut milk is ultra-creamy + rich with a nice, mellow coconut flavor.  You’ll see two kinds at the store, so pay close attention when buying.  One can will be labeled “low-fat” and one will not.  It’s typically crucial for a recipe to get the right kind as the thickness between the two varies greatly.  For this recipe you actually need both types.  You’ll use about 1 1/4 cups of coconut milk total, so I didn’t want to go with ALL full-fat coconut milk, as that would put this around 60 grams of fat.  I’m definitely a proponent of healthy fats but that seems a bit excessive for one milkshake.

[recipe to follow]

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Next up…

And maybe the one you have been waiting for as I ramble…

The Coconut Mocha Milkshake!

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While this is a rich + indulgent treat, it’s something I would also consider for breakfast.  It’s loaded with healthy coconut fats and a little kick of caffeine from the coffee and cocoa powder.  Eaten with a banana, it sounds like a well rounded meal to me!

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Print this!

Coconut Cream Milkshake [serves 1]

  • 6 Tbsp full fat coconut milk [canned]
  • 16 Tbsp low fat coconut milk [canned]
  • 1/4 cup low fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup other non-dairy unsweetened milk
  • 1/2 – 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Pour 2 Tbsp of full fat coconut milk into 3 ice cube molds.
  2. Pour 2 Tbsp of low fat coconut milk into 8 ice cube molds.
  3. Freeze until set.  At least 4 hours.
  4. Place in a blender and add 1/4 cup low fat canned coconut milk, 1/4 cup non-dairy unsweetened milk [soy/almond/rice/flax], maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  5. Start by blending at low speed and work up to high until creamy and smooth, stirring if necessary.  Add more non-dairy milk if the mixture is too thick.
  6. Serve immediately.

Coconut Mocha Milkshake [serves 1]

  • 6 Tbsp full fat coconut milk [canned]
  • 16 Tbsp low fat coconut milk [canned]
  • 1/4 cup low fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup other non-dairy unsweetened milk
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Pour 2 Tbsp of full fat coconut milk into 3 ice cube molds.
  2. Pour 2 Tbsp of low fat coconut milk into 8 ice cube molds.
  3. Freeze until set.  At least 4 hours.
  4. Place in a blender and add 1/4 cup low fat canned coconut milk, 1/4 cup non-dairy unsweetened milk [soy/almond/rice/flax], unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, instant coffee, and vanilla extract.
  5. Start by blending at low speed and work up to high until creamy and smooth, stirring if necessary.  Add more non-dairy milk if the mixture is too thick.  Add another 1/2 Tbsp of maple syrup for more sweetness if desired.
  6. Serve immediately.

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I will never have the coconut milk leftover issue again!  I made two trays of coconut milk cubes and froze a bunch in this glass container to use later in the week.  Just remember to label with are full fat and which are low fat.

I recommend using them within a week or so to prevent freezer burn.  It may help to store them in an airtight container as well.

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Looking for other ways to use canned coconut milk?

A few favorites…

Veggie Coconut Curry

Creamy Coconut Brown Rice

Coconut Cool Whip

Coconut Doughnuts

Chocolate Coconut Fudge Sauce

Such a versatile ingredient!  Have you ever used it before?

Ashley

Reader Comments (25)

Totally stole this idea and made some yogurt berry pops. I have yet to make them into a "milkshake " though. Gotta get me some coconut milk!


Ashley--> Awesome! I could use a yogurt berry pop right about now.
May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee
Sweeeeeet! I literally have a tupperware of full-fat coconut milk and half a can of light coconut milk in my fridge, so this comes at a great time!


Ashley--> Perfect timing! :)
May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Yum - brilliant idea.
That is such a great idea! I have opened coconut milk in the fridge right now, and was trying to figure out how to use it up before it went bad! I will have to try the milkshake recipes too :)
May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey
This looks so darn delicious! I'm gonna have to go out and get coconut milk now! With this and coconut butter, my coconut cravings will be indulged fully :)
May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy @ Inspired Amy
Just had a coconut milkshake recipe on my blog yesterday, inspired by you of course. Mine was mint and lime!


Ashley--> Awesome! Going to check it out now!
May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
Whoa. These look insanely delicious!!
Freezing the coconut milk is a brilliant idea! Pinning this now!
May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Looks great! Is there coffee in the mocha one? You mention the hit of caffeine, but I don't see it in the ingredients. Would love to add the coffee part!


Ashley--> Ahh!! Yes! There is 3/4tsp instant coffee. Thank you for catching that! It's fixed now!
May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
oh my god...
Yum. Yum. YUM! Ahh I need more coconut milk in my life. Love the idea of the ice cubes.
I like anything that allows me to use up the extra cans of coconut milk I have laying around! Yum!
May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
These milkshakes look delicious! Now I know what to do with the half-used can of coconut milk in my fridge! I'll definitely be trying the mocha version soon, and I think I'll try adding some coconut milk ice cubes to my other smoothies too!


Ashley--> I plan on doing the same thing with smoothies!
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
I love coconut, chocolate, and mocha-flavoured things so this is going to be amazing! Unfortunately my hand blender cannot cope with ice cubes, but when I spend some time at home over the summer and can use a real blender I will definitely try this out!
OMG this milkshake looks so good, love the flavor combo, and it looks so creamy, I can't wait to try it!
I think it would be cute to put popcicle sticks into your ice cube trays and make little baby lollies!!


Ashley--> Fabulous idea!
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
Mmmm...perfect time for creamy shakes!
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee
Oh my gosh it's so thick and creamy looking!
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
I like your style, lady! I have those half used cans in my fridge all the time. The opperative word here being 'cans'. The worst is when you go to place the new can into the fridge and realize you already have 3 in there waiting to be used up. Doh!
I am definitely famous for "forgetting" about the half-used coconut milk can in the back of the fridge. I am definitely going to use your ice cube method!! Sometimes I am amazed that I never thought of such a simple concept (especially since I have done this with wine to save it for cooking).


Ashley--> Oooh, good idea with the wine!
GOTTA get me some ice cube trays - these look delicious. One things I've been loving to do with canned coconut milk lately: after opening a can and using it for whatever, I love to leave the rest in a container in the fridge and plopping some of the cream on top of anything. Especially good on oats!


Ashley--> Okay, definitely need to try that!
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
This sounds so good!! I usually use canned coconut milk with curry paste to make curry...or I use it to make coconut rice!
Do you think regular dairy milk could be subbed for the "other" milk?


Ashley--> mmm, curry!! Love it. Regular milk should definitely be okay!
Great idea! I always have some coconut milk left over when I make curries, so this is a perfect solution. :)
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
yum! this is such a great idea!
first time visiting your site, and i love it! found it through tracy shutterbean.
June 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranne
What an awesome recipe!! This is such a great idea and I tried the coconut cream one tonight! I topped it with your chocolate shell (which was in the shamrock shake post) and it was sooo cool! Thank you!
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

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