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How To Make Coconut Milk

DIY Homemade Coconut Milk

Ready to taste the best coconut milk?! It can be difficult to find coconut milk that is free of additives, stabilizers, and gums. (I’m looking at you carrageenan!) Learning how to make coconut milk at home is easy as can be and only uses two ingredients, a few simple kitchen tools, and about 15-20 minutes later you’ll have creamy, rich coconut milk.

DIY coconut milk

STEP 1: HAVE YOUR INGREDIENTS AND SUPPLIES READY.

What you need:

  • 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut (preferably unsulphured, can use shredded or flaked)
  • 3 cups boiling filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • High speed blender
  • Cheesecloth, tea towel, or nut milk bag
  • Strainer

STEP 2: PLACE COCONUT INTO PAN OF BOILING WATER.

soaking coconut in hot water

STEP 3: LET SOAK FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES.

The shredded coconut will have absorbed some of the hot water during soaking.

how to make coconut milk

 

STEP 4: BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH, ABOUT 2 MINUTES.

make coconut milk from scratch

STEP 5: GET A STRAINER

Place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth, tea towel or pour into a nut milk bag.

do it yourself coconut milk

STEP 6: WAIT

Let the coconut milk drip down into the bowl.

STEP 7:  SQUEEZE!

Gather the cloth at the top, twist and gently squeeze as much coconut milk from the solids as possible. The remaining coconut pulp should be fairly dry. (The pulp can be added to baked goods and smoothies for extra fiber.)

DIY coconut milk

STEP 8: STORE IT

Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. The coconut milk will keep 3-4 days, maybe a little longer. Shake before using. The milk will separate into layers. The top most layer is the coconut cream. It can be spooned off for recipes calling for full-fat coconut milk.

Note: less water can be used for a thicker, creamier coconut milk.

Now that you’ve learned how to make coconut milk, try your hand at homemade almond milk !

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DIY coconut milk

Coconut Milk

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Drinks

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut (preferably unsulphured (can use shredded or flaked))
  • 3 cups boiling filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place coconut in a pan of boiling water, and allow coconut to soak for a minimum of 10 minutes. 
  2. Add to blender and blend until smooth
  3. Place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth, tea towel or pour into a nut milk bag, and allow the coconut milk to drop down into the bowl.
  4. Gather the cloth at the top, twist and gently squeeze as much coconut milk from the solids as possible. The remaining coconut pulp should be fairly dry. (The pulp can be added to baked goods and smoothies for extra fiber.)
  5. Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. The coconut milk will keep 3-4 days, maybe a little longer. Shake before using. The milk will separate into layers. The top most layer is the coconut cream. It can be spooned off for recipes calling for full-fat coconut milk.


Notes

Note: less water can be used for a thicker, creamier coconut milk.

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  1. Bozan Gurok

    August 4th, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I liked it very much … we need to take care of the body and everything that natural certainly does very well.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 7th, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Here! Here!, Bozan!

  3. Maria Lúcia

    August 10th, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I’m going to do it because my son is allergic to cow’s milk. And coconut milk can be used to make shakes. Tanks Anita

  4. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 13th, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Maria,

    Coconut milk can be a great substitute for a dairy allergy. Some other yummy options are almond + hemp milk! Learn more about our favorites here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  5. Antônia Batist

    August 10th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I’m from Brazil, more precisely from Bahia, and I was looking for a recipe for natural coconut milk. Well I want to use it to make a delicious fish moqueca with shrimp, very Brazilian.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 13th, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Antonia,

    YAY! So happy you came across our Coconut Milk Recipe in this busy digital world. I’d love to hear how your recipe turned out! Reach back out!

  7. Antônia Batist

    August 10th, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Hi Anita

    Me again here
    Can I use this same recipe to make cakes and a special recipe for cupcakes?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 13th, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Antonia,

    Of course you can! But make sure and check what type of coconut milk the recipe is calling for. Full fat, low-fat, and coconut cream all have different consistencies and water content. Learn more about coconut milk here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-meals/coconut-101

  9. Danilo Pineda

    September 25th, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you so much for these tips I just learned from you.

  10. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 26th, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Danilo,

    Thanks for blendin’ with us!

  11. como ganhar dinheiro vendendo salgados

    September 25th, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Nossa, sensacional sua receita! Parabéns! Minha mulher costuma fazer o oleo de coco para passar no cabelo.

  12. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 26th, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    We love coconut oil too! Learn more about our favorite uses here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/coconut-oil

  13. Anny

    September 27th, 2017 at 9:06 am

    All wonderful, I’ll test.

  14. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 27th, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Hope you love, it, Anny!

  15. Darryl B

    October 12th, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I’m very happy to learn from you, thank you.

  16. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 18th, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Hi Darryl,

    YAY! So happy you found us in this busy digital world!

  17. Nicolle

    October 14th, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    All I needed to know! Thank u for sharing this, i’ll make this recipe today!

  18. Appeared do North

    November 15th, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Jen, I loved this! I’ll make this to my family tonight. It seems to be delicious and plus. healthy!

  19. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    November 20th, 2017 at 9:58 am

    YAY!! I hope you love this recipe! Reach back out + let me know what you thought! 🙂

  20. Carol Capel

    December 2nd, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Delicious Milk.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    December 6th, 2017 at 11:35 am

    We think so too, Carol!

  22. Alugar Casa em Ribeirão Preto

    December 11th, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I love coconut milk, I’ll try it at home, thanks to your recipe, thank you!

  23. Bruna

    December 23rd, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I love coconut milk, thanks for the recipe, much better do at home than buy

  24. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    December 28th, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks Bruna. We love coconut milk too!

  25. amanda

    February 1st, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Delicious Milk, vety goooood!

  26. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 21st, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Thanks Amanda!

  27. Claudia

    February 13th, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Adorei a receita, muito saudável e fácil de preparar, farei hoje mesmo. Muito obrigada!

  28. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 21st, 2018 at 12:04 am

    YAY! Thanks for your love, Claudia!

  29. joao vieira

    February 21st, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Very detailed.

    It was easy to do and the final result was simply delicious.

    My son just loved it.

  30. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 23rd, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Joao,

    YAY! So happy to hear you both enjoyed it!

  31. Ana lúcia torres

    February 21st, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Dicas muito boa adorei.

  32. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 23rd, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    YAY! Thanks for the love, Ana! Nothing beats fresh coconut milk!

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