Leftover Coconut Cream? Here Are 6 Ways to Use It Up!

updated May 14, 2021
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I used to fret any time I made a recipe that called for just a for a few spoonfuls or a partial cup of coconut cream. What to do with the leftovers? But not anymore. Now that I’ve uncovered plenty of creative uses for the leftovers, I’m always the lookout for coconut cream recipes.

Tropical drinks and dairy-free desserts are my favorite uses. While it’s not the same as coconut milk, you can still use coconut cream in place of coconut milk for soups, smoothies, and whole grains, for added richness. And when in doubt, whipping up a batch of luscious coconut whipped cream is always a good idea. From soup to smoothies to irresistible desserts, here are 8 coconut cream recipes to help you use up your leftovers.

What’s the Difference Between Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream?

You’ve probably seen both at the store and, perhaps, stood there in the aisle trying to recall which one your recipe calls for. Coconut milk and coconut cream are not the same thing. The main difference between milk and cream is in the concentration and consistency.

The main difference is that coconut milk will have the layer of thick coconut cream as well as the watery coconut milk underneath, but coconut cream is only made of that thick, spoonable cream.

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Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cups with Coconut Cream
Reminiscent of a pudding cup, these sweet treat uses coconut cream for a rich, creamy topping.
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Mango Cobbler with Coconut Whipped Cream
If you have an ample amount of coconut cream on your hands, consider it the perfect opportunity for an icebox cake.
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Chocolate Coconut Cake
A little bit of coconut cream gives the frosting on this chocolate cake a touch of added richness.
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Quick Coconut Chicken Soup
Whether you have a few spoonfuls or a 1/2 cup, you'll never regret stirring that last bit of coconut cream into a pot of soup.
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Coconut Panna Cotta
Luscious, creamy, and velvety aren’t words we always associate with dairy-free desserts, but this coconut panna cotta is all that and even more.
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Ultra-Chewy Lemon Coconut Cookies
These cookies are perfectly chewy, gooey, and full of tropical lemon and coconut.
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Creamy Coconut Kiwi Smoothie
Smoothies are one place you can easily swap the coconut milk in a recipe for coconut cream.
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Guava Piña Colada
If you like piña coladas (and who doesn’t?) this mix of pineapple, coconut, velvety guava nectar, and tequila is sure to delight.
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