I did, however, find a very easy, healthy and cheap solution to avoiding these additives: diluted coconut milk! Coconut milk has a ton of health benefits and is additive-free (if you buy the right brand). Say goodbye to expensive non-dairy milks with ingredients like carrageenan, “natural flavors” and gums.
If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, buy their brand of light coconut milk (not their coconut cream, which contains xanthan gum). Their light coconut milk can is BPA-free and there are only two ingredients: coconut milk and water. It’s also only $.99. Yes, please.
I dilute Trader Joe’s light coconut milk with 2 cans of water for every can of coconut milk, which yields 42 ounces, about 1/3 of a gallon. Considering I used to buy a 1/2 gallon of almond milk (full of additives) at $3 or more, I consider this a steal. Plus, I know exactly what ingredients I’m consuming.
The 1 can of light coconut milk to 2 cans of water ratio is perfect for me: the milk is still rather thick, much like the consistency of commercial non-dairy milks. I use in all recipes that call for milk, omitting the vanilla if the recipe is savory.
only other brand of coconut milk I’ve come across that does not use stabilizers or thickeners, is Let’s Do Organic Creamed Coconut. A commenter has pointed out that Nature Value coconut milk is also stabilizer and BPA-free! I have not yet tried to dilute either of these, so leave a comment below if you have.
Ikea carries bottles with stoppers that are perfect for semi-homemade coconut milk – only $1.99 and fit 42 ounces perfectly.
- 1 can Trader Joe's light coconut milk
- 2 cans of filtered water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- sweetener, such as honey, maple syrup, blended dates (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a bottle or pitcher.
- Refrigerate and enjoy, gently shaking before each use.
- Makes about 5 cups.
(Our Four Forks is not affiliated with Trader Joe’s in any way).