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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.

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STEP 5: GET A STRAINER

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

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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. jan

    December 7th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    can coconut milk be made from coconut flour?

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    December 8th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hi Jan.

    Great question. I haven’t tired to make coconut flour, but here is a video you might enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ8wxqlUd-c#t=77

  3. Sara

    December 11th, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Yes, Coconut nut flour is super easy to make.
    Preheat oven to 200, spread coconut pulp on cookie sheet and bake.
    Stir and break up clumps while it is drying in about 2hrs take it out set aside to cool. Place dried coconut into coffee/ spice grinder, give it a whirl and Viola coconut flour! Take a look at how much coconut flour cost and give yourself a pat on the back and the wallet.
    Here is a web version as well. http://homegrownandhealthy.com/how-to-make-coconut-flour-a-tutorial/

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    December 11th, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for sharing, Sara. 🙂

  5. Sasha Barritt

    January 8th, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Hi there,
    I’ve just started buying the fresh coconuts from the supermarket & once I’ve drank the water out of it, what is the time frame that the coconut left inside has to be eaten or used by? Thanks.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 8th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Sasha.

    I am not sure of that answer. I would imagine if you are storing it in fridge, it should last a few days. Next time you are in the store, ask the produce manager, they could give you a more exact time frame.

  7. Shashi

    February 20th, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    We use lot of coconut in our indian cooking.how we store coconut is, grate the coconut and freeze it in ziplock.it stays for months.whenever you want to make coconut milk, just blend the grated coconut with warm water, it prevents the milk from curdling .Filter the milk. Leftovers can be used for your coconut cookies, salads and soups as a topping

  8. Rachel

    March 24th, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I can keep my fresh coconut in a little water in the refrigerator for about 5-6 days. After reading how to make your own coconut milk though, I am going to try shredding then dehydrating it myself.

  9. SGS Rawkstar

    March 24th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Rachel,

    Rawsome! Let us know how it turns out, or if you have any questions along the way!

  10. amy

    January 10th, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I’m using dried shredded coconut that is extremely fine and practically grated. Do I still need to blend?

  11. SGS Rawkstar Shauna

    January 12th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    That’s perfect. Just use it in place of the coconut. 🙂

  12. amy

    January 23rd, 2015 at 6:25 am

    So I don’t blend or I do?

  13. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 27th, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Hey Amy,

    I would blend it still, just not as long. 🙂

  14. KIM

    January 10th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Where are you getting dried unsweetened coconut? Even at Trader Joe’s all they have is sweetened!!!!–thanks!

  15. SGS Rawkstar Shauna

    January 12th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Hi there,
    Whole foods, sprouts, online. 🙂

  16. Miranda

    January 13th, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    My homemade coconut milk separates as you said, but the top layer is not spoonable. It actually solidifies over the liquid watery layer. I have to break it up to get “milk” but then it’s not very smooth after. Am I not squeezing too hard or something?

  17. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 14th, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Hey Miranda,

    Thanks for reaching out, sounds like that is the healthy fats solidifying in your coconut milk, give it a shake and they should go away. 🙂 If it doesn’t, for sure when you blend it. 🙂

  18. 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.

  19. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 28th, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Awesome! Sounds great!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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…..

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. Anita

    June 8th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Has anyone tried cashew milk as a base for smoothies?

  27. SGS Rawkstar

    June 9th, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Hi Anita,

    Cashew milk is a great substitute for almond milk!

  28. Anna

    June 11th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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

  29. 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!

  30. Marina

    July 24th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

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

  31. 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’!

  32. 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

  33. 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 🙂

  34. 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!

  35. 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

  36. 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!

  37. 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

  38. 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!

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