The high fat content and beneficial nutritional profile of coconut products makes them healthy additions to a well-formulated ketogenic diet. Coconut flour is used in many low-carb baked goods. Coconut oil can be used for sauteing and pan-frying, coconut milk is useful in ketogenic green smoothies, and coconut cream can be used in various things like creamed greens and warm keto breakfast cereal.
If you prefer dairy-free recipes, coconut milk, coconut oil and coconut cream are suitable replacements for dairy milk, butter and cream. Usually, coconut products can replace dairy products in equal amounts with a 1:1 ratio.
Not all coconut products are created equal.
We value freshly processed, organic coconut products over all others. For this reason, we purchase our coconut products from Wildly Organic by Wilderness Family Naturals. I always prefer to purchase in bulk, so I appreciate that Wildly Organic offers bulk quantities of (almost) all their products. It makes is easy to shop in bulk and stock up just a few times a year. Coconut oil can be found in 5-gallon tubs, coconut flour in bulk bags, and milk and cream come in bulk cases. If bulk purchases aren’t for you or you want to try a smaller size before making the investment, they have normal retail sizes too 😉
This is a coconut product guide for all coconut newbies out there. Have you heard of coconut butter or do you know what to do with coconut cream? Well, I hope to answer all your coconut questions here…
7 Coconut Products for a Ketogenic Diet
We include coconut oil in our daily diet as well as skin and oral health regimes. Our preference is for a virgin, unprocessed product. We choose the cold pressed, centrifuged extracted coconut oil because it is very creamy, smooth and clear. The coconut flavor is mild and can be added to sweet and savory keto baked goods, meats, eggs and fish. I also include it in homemade body butters, massage oil and toothpaste. I created many recipes that feature coconut oil in our keto training manual, The Ketogenic Edge Cookbook. My two favorite staples from the book are “Herbal Infused Fats” and “Keto Flatbreads“, I make these all the time.
Made by grinding dehydrated coconut flakes (which you can do yourself at home in a food processor), coconut butter is like a thick nut butter, sometimes referred to as “coconut spread”. Coconut butter is rich in MCTs and an extremely versatile ketogenic ingredient. Blend it into smoothies, spread it on a warm slice of All-Purpose Keto Bread or Low-Carb Pancakes, and add into homemade ketogenic chocolates. Coconut butter is a special ingredient mentioned in The Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Baking, featured in “Dairy-Free Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting”.
Coconut milk is rich with flavor, made by pressing fresh coconut meat and packaged in BPA-free aseptic packaging. Coconut milk is shelf stable and can be stored in your pantry until you are ready to open is for a recipe like Ketogenic Chia Seed Puddings, Ketogenic French Toast, and Spicy Shrimp Soup.
Add coconut cream into your coffee or use it to drench leafy greens. Coconut cream is full of healthy fats with immune boosting potential; lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid are found in abundance.
Wildly Organic offers shredded coconut of all sizes… you can find different sized flakes and large coconut chips. Smaller flakes work well to roll macaroons in and as a coating on top of cookies and brownies. Small and medium flakes are preferred in baked goods to add a coconut flavor, bulk but without too much chewiness. On a ketogenic diet, it is important to use unsweetened coconut flakes. Wildly Organic only sells unsweetened flakes, be sure to check the ingredients label if you choose a different brand.
Coconut vinegar gives that lovable tang to recipes. It is made from the sap of the coconut tree through the natural process of fermentation that lasts 45 to 60 days. This is a raw, unfiltered vinegar that includes the “mother” culture and all the enzymes and beneficial bacteria found in a natural ferment. Coconut vinegar can be used just like other types of vinegar. Try it out in recipes like Spicy Tuna Bites, Avocado Tuna Melt, and Grain-Free Coconut Flour Bread. It is also delicious in healthy homemade salad dressings and over ketogenic omelettes. Vinegar is also an important ingredient to homemade bone broth.
Whats your favorite coconut product? How do you like to use it? Tell us in the comments!