... and I made one substitution - 3/4 tsp vanilla and 3/4 tsp coconut extract. We create high quality contents on natural health and wellness topics. I believe you might also be able to find synthetic coconut extract (which would not contain any actual coconut, but I would check carefully before testing that out). Because of that, we’ll discuss several substitutes for coconut milk. Photo Credit: Shutterstock. This one is mostly for cooking, as the canned coconut milk is heavier than the ones in the box