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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. Sue Hunt

    January 28th, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I made a mango, banana and mixed salad greens smoothie with a large spoonful of coconut flour this morning. It tasted delicious, but was quite chewy. I suspect that you could use the flour to make coconut milk, with boiling water to soften it.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 28th, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Awesome! Sounds great!

  3. Matt

    March 24th, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Hi….. I wanted to make sure I understand the recipe before starting. When I put the coconut into the boiling water, do I continue boiling for the 10 minutes and then put the coconut and boiling water into the mixer? I have a VitaMix 5200 with the tall jar and am concerned about putting boiling water in it without causing damage or leeching some awful chemicals out from the high heat.
    Or…. do I turn off the heat when I put the coconut into the water let it sit 10 min and then put it into the blender.
    Sorry for the lengthy question but I do not want to damage my pretty new blender….
    At what point to I add the salt?
    Thanking you in advance for your help.

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    March 24th, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Matt,

    To help answer some of your questions, boil the water separately, remove from heat, and then add coconut. After waiting 10 minutes, which will give the mixture plenty of time to cool, blend for about 2 minutes, or until smooth.

    I like to add salt once I’ve added the coconut-water mixture to the blender, prior to blending.

    I hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  5. Matt

    March 26th, 2015 at 11:05 am

    My apologies if I end up with a double post, but I tried to ask a couple of questions and do not see them.
    First, when I place the coconut into the boiling water, do I keep boiling it for 10 minutes? If so, do I then let it cool before blending?
    Also, when do I add the salt.
    These questions may seem obvious to a pro in the kitchen, but I’m learning and want to do things properly.
    Thank you in advance for your reply…..

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    March 26th, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Hi Matt,

    My apologizes if you didn’t see our response…

    To help answer some of your questions, boil the water separately, remove from heat, and then add coconut. After waiting 10 minutes, which will give the mixture plenty of time to cool, blend for about 2 minutes, or until smooth.

    I like to add salt once I’ve added the coconut-water mixture to the blender, prior to blending.

    I hope that helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  7. Jen

    March 31st, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Hi SGS Rawkstars! Just wanna ask if i can use fresh grated coconut to make coconut milk? Thanks.

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    March 31st, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Jen, that’s even better! If you find the coconut milk to be too watery because it wasn’t dried previously, you might just need to adjust the amount of water you’re adding. Enjoy!

  9. Anita

    June 8th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Has anyone tried cashew milk as a base for smoothies?

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    June 9th, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Hi Anita,

    Cashew milk is a great substitute for almond milk!

  11. Anna

    June 11th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    June 12th, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Hi Anna,

    You’re so welcome! It can be so difficult to find coconut milk that is free of additives, stabilizers, and gums. Making it at home is as easy as can be and we love that it only contains two ingredients!

  13. Marina

    July 24th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Hi! Can I use desiccated coconut? It is quite dry… Thanks! Love the recipe.

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    July 24th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Marina,

    Thanks for reaching out! Desiccated coconut is perfect for this recipe, just make sure it’s unsweetened!

    Happy Blendin’!

  15. Dyah Prameswarie

    August 4th, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Hi,

    Can I use a fresh coconut? In my country we use a fresh one and I can easily buy it at traditional market. Thanks

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    August 5th, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Hi Dyah,

    Of course you can! You will just need to adjust the amount of water you add, to take into consideration the water naturally occurring in the fresh coconut meat.

    Cheers 🙂

  17. Katie Fairbank

    September 19th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I love seeing this! It brings back memories of when my teenager was a baby and I made homemade Almond milk for her since she was allergic to milk and soy. Almost the same process. So much less expensive to do it yourself and you definitely know whats in it! Love this website!

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Katie,

    We love making our own plant-based milk options!! Have you seen our DIY almond milk recipe? Is it the same method you’ve used?

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/diy-almond-milk

  19. SGS Rawkstar

    November 16th, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Katie,

    We’re right there with you! We love making our own plant-base milks and knowing exactly what we’re putting in our bodies.

    Cheers to health + happiness!

  20. Eri

    November 15th, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Hi!
    I´m new, from Argentina, absolutely in love with your site!
    Here´s my question, do you recomend freezing this home made milk in ice cubes? Could I use it frozen in smoothies? Thank you

  21. SGS Rawkstar

    November 16th, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Eri,

    Yes! Freezing coconut milk is a great way to store your homemade milk and is perfect for green smoothies!

  22. Taishan

    January 26th, 2016 at 5:32 am

    It looks easy, but I am no cook

  23. SGS Rawkstar

    January 26th, 2016 at 8:44 am

    No cooking necessary, Taishan! Just boil water + blend. You’ve got this!!

  24. Pascal

    March 5th, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Hi team, I usually buy whole coconut, I use the water and meat for my smoothie. But I have also some left over coconut meat which I have frozen. Can I use the left over coconut meat to make the milk? If yes please advise will it be the same process?

    Thanks

  25. SGS Rawkstar

    March 6th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Pascal,

    Great question! You definitely can use the remaining coconut meat to make your own coconut milk! Simply skip boiling + blend filtered water with the fresh coconut meat!

  26. Lauren

    March 8th, 2016 at 4:57 am

    If you are going to use the coconut milk only for making smoothies, can’t you just skip the straining process and leave any remaining pulp in it for extra fiber in your smoothies?

  27. SGS Rawkstar

    March 8th, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Of course! Plenty members of our community have shared that they keep the pulp in their coconut milk. It’s all about your preference!

    Cheers 🙂

  28. paulo jose

    June 19th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Hello loved learning how to make coconut milk, I live in Brazil and have a lot of coconut here. I loved the blog, has many healthy recipes that can do at home.
    Thank you

  29. SGS Rawkstar

    June 20th, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Hi!

    Thanks so much for reaching out + for your kind words :). I’m so envious of your abundance of fresh coconut! What a treat!

    Thanks for being a part of our community :). Cheers!

  30. Gabriela

    June 28th, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I made this recipe last week, but i Don t like the results…. I will try one more time. Tx SGS

  31. SGS Rawkstar

    June 29th, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Gabriela!

    Thanks for reaching out! We know one recipe won’t please everyone, but definitely feel free to experiment with this recipe to have it suit your personal taste :). A couple options are adding less water for a creamier consistency, or adding a little vanilla extract for extra flavor!

    Hope that helps! Thanks for being a part of our community :).

  32. saudesuperdicas

    August 15th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Wow!!! very cool , I live in Brazil here has much firmer now will delight me with this totally natural recipe! thank you so much.

  33. SGS Rawkstar

    August 16th, 2016 at 7:35 am

    You’re so welcome! Thanks for blendin’ with us! <3

  34. Receitas Light

    August 20th, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks! Love the recipe

  35. SGS Rawkstar

    August 22nd, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Rawesome! Thanks for blendin’ with us!

  36. carol

    August 22nd, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    very good this content, congratulations!

  37. SGS Rawkstar

    August 23rd, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Thanks Carol!

  38. Jimmy Silva

    September 7th, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I love coconut milk, thanks for the recipe

  39. SGS Rawkstar

    September 7th, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Hi Jimmy,

    We do too!! Have you made your own coconut milk before? If not, make sure and let us know what you think after trying this recipe!

  40. Guia Brasil

    September 22nd, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I love coconut milk.
    I will do it today!
    Cheers

  41. SGS Rawkstar

    September 22nd, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Rawesome!!

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