My coconut milk of choice is generally Koko Dairy free coconut milk. However, as I regularly use Alpro’s Soya Light, I decided to try out the new Alpro Coconut Milk which has 20 calories per 100ml.
Alpro’s Coconut Milk is available in 1 litre cartons, either fresh or long life. Both have the same nutritional values. I bought the fresh version.
The milk is a beautiful pure white and gives off a tempting aroma of coconuts on opening. Drinking some on its own, it has a strong coconut taste in a way that coconut water doesn’t have. This is because the milk is made from coconut flesh rather than the liquid from inside the coconut.
|Alpro Coconut Milk (fresh)|
I tried the milk when making porridge and unfortunately didn’t like it, simply because the coconut taste was too strong. But it works really well in things you want to have a coconut flavour. For example, I make my own chia desserts using chia seeds, coconut milk and a fruit puree of some kind – mango for example. The coconut flavour then works really well if you're after a tropical taste.
What I don’t like quite so much with this milk is the texture. It is just a little bit too thick for what a milk should be. It’s hard to explain, but it’s sort of mildly gloopy. And looking at the ingredients I see it must be due to the added Xanthan gum and guar gum which are thickeners. I’m not sure why this is needed, but it did put me off. It also has rice as an ingredient, but quite why it's there is anybody's guess, especially since Alpro already produce a rice milk.
Found in most major supermarkets.
Nutrition information per 100ml: 20 calories, 0.1g protein, 2.7g carbs, 1.9g sugars, 0.9g fat, 0.9g saturates, 0g fibre, 0.13g salt. Calcium 120mg, Vitamin D 0.75mcg, B12 0.38mcg
Water, Coconut Milk [5.3% (Coconut Cream, Water)], Rice (3.3%), Calcium (Tri-Calcium Phosphate), Stabilisers (Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum), Sea Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin B12, D2), Flavourings
Free From: Gluten, Wheat, Lactose, Dairy. May Contain: Almonds, Hazelnuts. May contain traces of almonds and hazelnuts
Not suitable for children under 5 years of age.
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