Guest Product review: Coconut Secret coconut aminos is like soy sauce, but better!  »

In the raw food recipe world, ingredient substitution runs rampant. This is partly because food dogma varies among raw food enthusiasts. Want less sugar in your date-agave smoothie? Substitute stevia! Afraid of bananas? Use banana extract and Irish moss to get a hint of banana flavor without all that weird banana mushy mouthfeel! Want a gluten-free alternative to sprouted wheat? Try buckwheat! Everybody wins when we all get to substitute as we please.

Tons of vegan recipes call for soy sauce, wheat-free tamari or Braggs. Y’all know what flavor I’m talking about—that savory, mmm-hmm good ish required in such everything from raw stir fry to kale chips to kelp noodles deserves its spot in our cuisine! What you may have noticed, if you’re reading swanky blogs, is a substitution option by the name of Coconut Secret coconut aminos. Like Braggs liquid aminos, coconut aminos tastes pretty similar to soy sauce, only as well as being gluten-free, it’s also raw, organic, and non-GMO. Wow!

Coconut Secret sent me a sample of the coconut aminos, and it tastes pretty great. I can’t tell the difference between wheat-free tamari and coconut aminos (unless I use a lot).

I used some coconut aminos in my romantic raw vegan marinated veggie dish the other night. I soaked some broccoli, green onion, carrots, cauliflower, red bell peppers, and wakame in coconut aminos with apple cider vinegar, and prayed it wouldn’t taste like crap and that my girlfriend would still love me. It turned out amazing! The coconut aminos adds a depth and richness, and is an exciting alternative, especially if you are trying to avoid gluten, soy, or all things conventional. Enjoy!

This is Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown’s latest post! Read more by Sarah on Vegansaurus, and visit her personal blog, Queer Vegan Food.

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