0

votes

I'm looking for substitutes for coconut aminos, coconut milk, and coconut flour. Any suggestions? I'm severely allergic to coconut.

Commented on September 16, 2013
Created September 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

When I ingest coconut (in any form) I break out in hives and my throat/tongue swell up. Starting a Paleo lifestyle with my hubby when a good portion of the recipes include coconut is rather difficult and I need suggestions on coconut substitutions. Thanks!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 16, 2013
at 11:56 AM

Aminos flavor-wise are unami flavors. Don't think you can cut it with just sea salt. MSG would be the closest non-soy alternative. Fish sauce is good too.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on September 16, 2013
at 04:42 AM

the water part in a can of coconut cream (or coconut milk), is actually just water, it is not 'coconut water'. coconut cream & milk is made from the 'meat' of the coconut & usually diluted down with water (the actual 'coconut water' usually from young/green coconuts is sold as separate product).

So, to replace the coconut cream & water & if you are not 'doing' cow's cream, you could just try ghee butter or clarified butter & water...? or maybe sheep or goat cream (& water if needed).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 16, 2013
at 02:30 AM

Coconut is such a minor ingredient in my opinion, easily avoided, no need to necessarily substitute. Don't make paleo baked goods just because they're paleo, they're still mostly junk food.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 16, 2013
at 02:05 AM

soy sauce is fermented, so that is going to make it less harmful that soy. But it is also unlikely that you are consuming vast quantities of soy sauce, a little bit with your sushi is going to be fine. Re: Cutting milk -- if you are not lactose intolerant, and have access to raw milk, you may want to try that.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 16, 2013
at 02:02 AM

lard, avocado oil, sesame oil, macadamia nut oil, yada yada yada.... Wait did I just yada yada sex?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 16, 2013
at 02:00 AM

yes, its called gluten free soy sauce or Tamari Soy Sauce. I like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Tamari-Sauce-Wheat-Free-Organic/dp/B0046IIXTW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1379296603&sr=8-2&keywords=gluten+free+soy+sauce or

http://www.amazon.com/Kikkoman-Soy-Sauce-Gluten-Free-8-5/dp/B004OQJQ2O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1379296774&sr=8-3&keywords=gluten+free+soy+sauce

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 16, 2013
at 01:53 AM

You left out the coconut oil alternatives… olive oil, butter, palm oil.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 16, 2013
at 12:33 AM

There's loads of non-wheat flours out there, it's just a matter of finding one that works and you like.

Medium avatar

(238)

on September 16, 2013
at 12:00 AM

rice flour instead of wheat

do you have a link or name for that?

  • 53108f41977660a364bae8b7d3022e2f

    asked by

    (0)
  • Views
    8.8K
  • Last Activity
    1765D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

5 Answers

best answer

0
07d8ff43993e6739451e58ae7459cfe2

on September 16, 2013
at 04:22 AM

Your question really caught my attention because (like so many of us), I've had to adapt recipes to my unique allergies and intolerances. Since this site is mostly about health, I looked up nutrition info before posting to base my answers on that along with taste and texture.

Here are my ideas:

If thickening with coconut flour, try a smaller amount of flax seed meal. Similar nutritional profile (high fiber, low carb, bit of fat but not much). I imagine chia seed meal would be similar. Coconut flour is really thirsty and flax meal/chia are really slimey, so use less of them.

If baking, consider using cooked mashed sweet potato. Also, lots of fiber, some vitamins, but the downside is they have way more carbs. Which is not inherently bad because they are delicious. I like almond flour also, but I realize it's not exactly paleo.

Coconut milk/water: Slightly salty water with a bit of lemon juice and then a fat like ghee would be comparable, especially if you blended it up to slightly emulsify it. Different ph, so it would react differently in baking recipes. If you can get suet, it's also an amazing fat with a mild taste.

Aminos: Nutritionally, I suspect coconut aminos are just a flavorful sodium water. Sea salt water or nutritional yeast would do.

I hope this helps!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 16, 2013
at 11:56 AM

Aminos flavor-wise are unami flavors. Don't think you can cut it with just sea salt. MSG would be the closest non-soy alternative. Fish sauce is good too.

0
53108f41977660a364bae8b7d3022e2f

on September 16, 2013
at 01:57 AM

I know to use olive oil, ghee butter or clarified butter, or palm oil and no vegetable oil. So exchanging out the coconut oil is not an issue for me. It's the flour, milk, and aminos that I am having issues with. When recipes call for letting coconut milk separate in a can, then using the water part as well as the thick part in a recipe, what would I use in place of the coconut water and the coconut cream?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on September 16, 2013
at 04:42 AM

the water part in a can of coconut cream (or coconut milk), is actually just water, it is not 'coconut water'. coconut cream & milk is made from the 'meat' of the coconut & usually diluted down with water (the actual 'coconut water' usually from young/green coconuts is sold as separate product).

So, to replace the coconut cream & water & if you are not 'doing' cow's cream, you could just try ghee butter or clarified butter & water...? or maybe sheep or goat cream (& water if needed).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 16, 2013
at 02:30 AM

Coconut is such a minor ingredient in my opinion, easily avoided, no need to necessarily substitute. Don't make paleo baked goods just because they're paleo, they're still mostly junk food.

0
53108f41977660a364bae8b7d3022e2f

on September 16, 2013
at 12:40 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I do want to stick with Paleo in my options, so we are cutting whole milk (cow milk), rice products, etc. I thought even gluten free soy sauce was a no-no on Paleo?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 16, 2013
at 02:05 AM

soy sauce is fermented, so that is going to make it less harmful that soy. But it is also unlikely that you are consuming vast quantities of soy sauce, a little bit with your sushi is going to be fine. Re: Cutting milk -- if you are not lactose intolerant, and have access to raw milk, you may want to try that.

0
3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 15, 2013
at 11:19 PM

coconut aminos -> Gluten Free Soy Sauce (look for one that uses rice flour instead of wheat)

coconut milk -> Whole Milk, Raw Milk, Almond Milk

coconut flour -> Any other type of flour. Arrow Root works, tapioca Starch too, Rice Flour, Almond Flour, Potato Flour, etc...

Medium avatar

(238)

on September 16, 2013
at 12:00 AM

rice flour instead of wheat

do you have a link or name for that?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 16, 2013
at 01:53 AM

You left out the coconut oil alternatives… olive oil, butter, palm oil.

0
Medium avatar

(238)

on September 15, 2013
at 10:51 PM

If you can tolerate it then go with cream or milk, maybe some mashed up things like Avocado diluted with liquid. You can use nut flours and for aminos which I don't care for I use fish sauce (Red Boat is pricey but purest form). Sorry for your loss of Coconut, I love it.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!