What if you could combine coconut and rice milk in one?

Posted on May 28th, 2013

I know a stack of you ask me about non-dairy milks that don’t contain sugar, GMOs, phytic acid or other toxins. Which is no mean feat. I struggle to recommend many* and mostly suggest you make your own nut milks (there’s a recipe in my I Quit Sugar book). And, then, from another angle, some of you tell me you find coconut milk in cooking a little rich.

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Image via Smoothie Club

Now, to all of you I can say: Coco Quench.

Husband and wife Don and Ann from Pureharvest make this stuff. They also make the rice malt syrup I use in many of my I Quit Sugar recipes and are a bunch of authentic pioneers in this area and I met them during a recent Melbourne trip.

* As an FYI, their nut and rice milks are actually GMO and fructose free (the only Australian brands on the market that are).

And just so you know, this is a sponsored post, but opinions are all my own and I researched the topic and came to these conclusions myself. You’ll find my position on sponsored posts and advertising here.

Don and Ann have been experimenting and making organic, health foods since the early 1970s from their little place outside Melbourne. They walk their talk. They love what they do. And they were able to explain to me the deal with their latest invention: a milk substitute that combines coconut and rice milks in one. Here’s how it goes:

Use as a coconut milk substitute.

Some recipes can be vastly improved by using a little coconut milk. But perhaps they’re not quite a curry. Perhaps they’re a soup or a stew. But using a mere dash of coconut milk or cream is a bugger – you’re left with the rest of the can. Coco Quench is good for such dishes. It’s milder than coconut milk or cream but still imparts a creamy flavour. I recently used it in a quick, after-work lentil soup, like this one below from Pureharvest’s recipe blog. You could also use it in a sweet potato or pumpkin soup instead of stock or water.

Red Lentil Soup

Serves 8

  • 1  1/2 cups organic red lentils, washed
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • I large onion, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon each fresh turmeric and ginger, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1 celery stalk, finely sliced
  • 1 small cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 carrot, cut into thin quarter moons
  •  2 cups Coco Quench
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • lemon juice (optional)
  • fresh coriander (optional)

In a pot or  bowl pour boiling water over the washed lentils. In another pot sauté onion, celery, garlic, ginger, turmeric and mustard seeds in olive oil until soft and the seeds are beginning to pop. Next add the red lentils and a bay leaf along with the soaking water and bring to a rolling boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the cauliflower, carrot, sea salt and Coco Quench. Return to the boil; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for another 20-30 minutes. The red lentils will change to a lovely mustardy yellow colour and become very creamy. Taste and add a little more salt if desired. If you do add more salt simmer for another few minutes to harmonise the flavours. Serve hot just as it is or with a squeeze of fresh lemon and finely chopped coriander

Sweeten your breakfast.

1. Where you might use milk (on cereal, in porridge, in smoothies), you can add some extra sweetness and nuttiness with Coco Quench. This breakfast smoothie gives you an idea.

Chocolate Porridge in a Mug

  • 2 cups Coco Quench
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana (optional) or some ice
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon LSA
  • handful spinach leaves

2. Where you might normally use coconut water and find the consistency a little light-on, use Coco Quench. Make a simple chia pudding with 1/2 cup of chia seeds and 375 mls Coco Quench soaked overnight.


3. Make my cashewy chia puddings (pictured above) using Coco Quench instead of almond milk. You’ll find the recipe in the I Quit Sugar book.

Use it as the milk in a nourishing warm drink.

Try Coco Quench in any recipe that calls for milk, coconut milk or rice milk.

Coconut Comfort

 The spices in this nourishing drink are warming and anti-inflammatory. Perfect for keeping you warm and well this winter.

  • 1 cup Coco Quench
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried ginger
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch turmeric

Bring the Coco Quench and spices to the boil in a small saucepan. Simmer for a few minutes and taste. You might want to add a little extra of one of the spices to suit your personal taste. If so add a pinch more and simmer a little longer. Serve hot.

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Some extra things to know:

  • Coco Quench works a treat in biscuits, cakes, tarts, custards and trifles too.
  • Coco Quench is gluten and fructose free.
  • It contains all the benefits of coconut oil, and is an easy way to get coconut oil into your system. Coconut oil helps you lose weight. You can read more on that here.
  • The oil in Coco Quench is stable at high temperatures.
  • It’s an option if you’re looking to reduce your saturated fat intake but still get good fats into you.

And if you have a minute to spare, Pureharvest are doing a little survey to help them understand where you do your everyday food shopping, and in particular, where you buy your Rice Malt Syrup. Your responses would be a big help (especially in areas where it’s hard to get these kind of ingredients in your major supermarket), and there’s only three questions. Click here to complete the questionnaire. 


Have you tried Coco Quench? Any recipes you’d like to share? 


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  • Isn’t it funny how nutritional ideas come in trends, just like everything else? I remember back in my early twenties, when I was absolutely committed to following a low fat diet (meaning, of course, that fat free muffins, juices, smoothies, muesli bars etc were all okay!) and coconut milk/cream seemed so BAD. I was so very proud of myself for coming up with a low fat alternative to coconut milk – skim dairy milk, mixed with coconut flavouring essence and brown sugar. I used it in all my Thai cooking and desserts and baking whenever coconut milk was called for, and I so very much believed that I was doing the right thing for my body!
    And now it just seems like an awfully unnecessary cocktail of chemicals and sugar, when the real deal is so tasty and good for you and perfectly goddamn natural!!!
    (*Sighs at the memory of her opinionated, nutritionally-zealous-and-evangelical early-twenties self*…!!!)


  • I am definitely trying the Coconut Comfort, I will get back to you with the results 🙂 It could even be something I recommend to my clients… Thanks for the tips!


  • Rose

    I will definitely try this! I think its a great idea. I hope I find in WA; maybe I haven’t looked properly. These days I mainly shop at my local IGA but also get supplies from Coles and Woolies. On another note I thought the brand of rice milk I was buying was GMO free. It too is an Aussie brand and says they use gmo free ingredients. Anyhoo I much prefer this idea of combinig both rice and coconut milk.


  • Callan

    Where is coco quench currently available around Sydney Sarah? Or not yet? I’ve been waiting for something like this!!


    Nicola Reply:

    I have seen it in About Life in cammeray, bondi or Rozelle


    Pureharvest Reply:

    Coles are a bit behind with their product role out. Coco Quench should be in stores towards the end of June, definitely July. However, if you ask the local store manager they should be able to get it in for you. Alternatively, ask any local store manager of a health food store near your and they should be able to do the same.
    Kind regards,



    Anne-Maree Reply:

    Thanks PureHarvest 🙂

    I tried looking for your product in both Coles and woolies over the weekend. Do you have any updates on when it might be available in woolies?

    PS the Coles store manager at my local just advised me to mix coconut and rice milk because the product wasnt stocked… I thought “No, that’s not what I meant at all!!!!”


  • Rachel

    Hi Sarah, I noticed that one of the ingredients in Coco Quench is sunflower oil, which is considered a “toxic oil” according to David Gillespie. Just wondering your thoughts on this?


    Genevieve Reply:

    I was thinking the same thing, and this is why I’ve stopped buying any of those prepackaged milks (plus they generally taste much better fresh). I wonder why it is that nearly all of these milks contain oil. Does anyone know?


  • Jess

    I hope this doesn’t contain carageenan.

    I have discovered that Coconut Dream and Almond Breeze both contain carageenan, which is known to cause digestive complaints. Coconut Dream also had a really weird texture, which I understand may be because of this additive.

    I know that the PureHarvest Organic Almond milk doesn’t contain it, so I have started using that. It tastes much nicer, too! A bit more expensive but it’s worth it.


  • Aston

    I have 2 Coles in my area, one quite a large store, and I haven’t seen them 🙁 I’m currently using Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk, which is available in Coles.


  • Anna, Newtown

    I’ve accidentally stumbled upon this product about a month ago at my local grocer and have been addicted ever since! It’s the best tasting coconut milk around and doesn’t feel like you’re drinking something out of the can which sometimes can be a turn off. It’s also cheaper than buying it in a can

    I found it at King St Grocer in Newtown for all you Sydney people, it’s just next to Vanguard (closer to sydney uni end)


  • Jasmine

    I haven’t been able to find this milk at any of my local Coles. I will keep looking – it would be handy to have. I’ve been making my own coconut milk lately, which isn’t as rich as the canned stuff. It’s delicious. I just pour 4 cups of boiling water over 2 cups of (additive free) shredded coconut. Leave it to soak for a couple of hours, then blend & strain as you do with nut milk. It keeps for a few days in the fridge – it needs a shake before you use it as it does separate. I dry out the pulp in a low oven & grind it up to make coconut flour.


  • Em

    Hi Sarah,
    Just wondering is rice syrup the same thing as rice malt? In my health store i can only find rice syrup or barley malt – just not too sure which one to buy! Love your e books!!


    Anna Reply:

    Hi Em,
    Just jumping in here! Yeah, Rice syrup is the same thing as rice malt syrup. I had the same issue when I was buying and checked. I’ve actually found it really good as my kids will happily eat that, as they’re still eat some sugar and stevia doesn’t seem to taste that great to them (seems better when you’ve been off sugar for a bit). Also the fact it’s all runny like honey means great for porridge! Enjoy!


    Em Reply:

    Thanks for your help Anna! 🙂


    Anna Reply:

    Absolute pleasure, Em!

  • Lucinda

    Hi Sarah – I’ve no issue with sponsored posts as you are doing your own research/ and personally use/ believe in the products you are blogging about. So PLEASE do explain your position on seed oils. I am desperately trying to avoid all products with seed oils and am very surprised to see you promoting one with sunflower oil????? From what I understand seed oils are very detrimental to health – almost worse than sugar.


    Rachel Reply:

    Hi Sarah, I’m with Lucinda here. No problem at all with the sponsored post, but very keen to know your position on sunflower oil, as I too thought it was meant to be detrimental to health. Thanks, Rachel


  • lizzymint

    I’m really struggling with this too. For instance if you see what goes into soy milk – and believe what we’re told now about how bad soy is for us generally – then you have to wonder how soy milk ever became a ‘health food’ and why manufacturers like Pure Harvest would make and promote it. Looking around my local organic store recently, I realised that a lot of the product in there was heavily processed and full of sugar – so not really healthy at all. Masquerading as healthy, perhaps? I’m trying to stay gluten and dairy free, so I use a lot of coconut milk/cream/oil and I like the idea of Coco Quench but will it just be another thing that we get hooked on only to find that it’s not as good as the hype. The seed oil debate is just too hard. I eat a lovely (hopefully healthy) simple rice bread that has a small amount of sunflower oil in it and I can’t imagine not eating it because of that as there is nothing to replace it with that isn’t full of stuff I don’t want to eat. It can be very disappointing and really difficult for those of us who just want to be healthy. What annoys me is my sister-in-law buys the cheapest of everything from Aldi, doesn’t bother with organic or gluten-free or worry about the amount of sugar, seed oil or soy in anything; and she never gets sick, has heaps of energy, and has money left over for travelling – where she eats any old thing she likes. Not fair! Sarah, please answer the seed oil question so many people have asked, it really is a serious issue and, I guess, we look to you for guidance. No pressure, though.


  • Kate

    I have been hearing a bit about the elevated arsenic levels in brown rice syrup and rice milk, Just wondering if you have any comment regarding this. See link as example
    thanks Kate


    mj Reply:

    Regarding arsenic: around six months ago I had a hair mineral analysis which showed an elevated (but not dangerous) level of arsenic. It was one of only two metal results (the other being lead) and was noticeably highest. I had been drinking pureharvest rice milk consistently for around two years, and this may be the source. It’s definite been my favourite for a few reasons… now I am shifting brands, and milk types, a lot. It’s a good-tasting milk, but it does contain rice syrup which can be a source of arsenic.


  • gillian

    Sounds great, where can I purchase the coco quench from? is it available in supermarkets?


  • Rachel

    Hi there, to anyone who was interested in the sunflower oil issue – I contacted David Gillespie (author of Toxic Oil) about it. He emailed Pure Harvest to find out the detailed ingredient list. He told me: “it does contain sunflower oil (which is disappointing) but the total polyunsaturates are low (at.3g per 250ml serve) so if you really want to have it, a serve is not doing any significant harm (provided you are largely seed oil free the rest of the time)”. Hope that helps anyone who, like me, was concerned about the seed oil content.


    Mel Reply:

    Yay question answered!! thanks Rachel 🙂 at that amount we could afford to have a couple servings even 3!! a day if we so wished…oh that is if that is actually .3g not 3g with a mistaken dot


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  • Sarah

    Any one in the uk have recommendations of coconut milk to buy?


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  • eva

    I opened my freshly purchased coco quench and it has clumps?? it tastes fine, and i just bought it, and its before expiration date. it tastes nice too, but the clumps are kind of annoying.