Drink It, Cook It, Love It: The Many Uses for Coconut Water

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Do you love coconut water? It's taken me a while to warm up to this slightly sweet, slightly syrupy beverage, but lately I've started coming around. And because food is never far from my brain, I've really started getting excited about the possibilities of coconut water outside the glass. "Outside" as in "on my plate." You dig?

Coconut water can really be used wherever water or juice might find a home. Some of the inherent nutritional value of coconut water is likely going to be changed by cooking, but I don't think that should stop us from adding a cup or two to our favorite baked goods. 

Here are some ideas I've been thinking about:

  • Smoothies (an obvious one!)
  • No-knead bread
  • Pizza dough
  • Quick breads and muffins
  • Oatmeal and other cooked breakfast grains
  • Soups, especially light broth-based ones
  • Poaching chicken and fish
  • Steaming vegetables
  • De-glazing pans (in place of wine or beer)

Do you ever cook with coconut water?

Related: Coconut Water After a Workout: Is It Really Better for You?

(Image: Emma Christensen)