DIY coconut milk

How To Make Coconut Milk

POSTED ON 8.27.2014

Try this super simple, homemade coconut milk recipe today. It’s only 2 ingredients, and is full of just the good stuff. Bye store bought!

Making coconut milk at home is easy and only needs two ingredients, simple kitchen tools, and about 20 minutes of your time. The end result is creamy, rich plant-based milk with no gums, artificial flavors or sweeteners.

DIY Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe

Ingredients for coconut milk

It can be difficult to find coconut milk that’s free of additives, stabilizers, and gums (I’m looking at you carrageenan!). All you need to make this homemade version is:

  • 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut
  • 3 cups boiling filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • High speed blender
  • Cheesecloth, tea towel, or nut milk bag
soaking coconut in hot water

How to soak coconut flakes

Place the shredded coconut in a bowl of water. Stir and encourage the flakes to be submerged. They will naturally absorb some of the hot water during soaking, which will break down the flakes to a creamy goodness.

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Blending coconut flakes

The #1 appliance in my kitchen is my blender. I use it to make a daily green smoothie, homemade hummus, pancakes and yep, even coconut milk. A high speed blender will break apart the coconut the best, and gets you the most nutrients possible. I recommend checking out our blender guide if your blender isn’t up to the challenge.

Vitamix container golding shredded coconut and water

Having a two-layered strainer will get you the creamiest results. To do this, I use a mesh strainer and a nut milk bag for this. Just place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.

do it yourself coconut milk

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.)

Carafe holding non-dairy milk

How to store coconut milk

Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. The 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.

Rawkstar Tip!

Less water can be used for a thicker, creamier coconut milk.
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DIY coconut milk

Coconut Milk Recipe


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Any easy recipe for homemade coconut milk without any extra fillers or gums. The cleanest coconut milk you’ll find.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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.

  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Homemade Coconut milk

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Sam says:

    Can the Almond Cow be used for this? I looked at the recipe on their site and they use 5 cups of warm water. I’ve got the “cow” so thought I’d use it for this recipe?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      You can totally milk the Almond Cow for this Coconut Milk recipe! Def come back and let us know what you think. 🙂

  2. Ana lĂșcia torres says:

    Dicas muito boa adorei.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

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

  3. Very detailed.

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

    My son just loved it.

  4. Claudia says:

    Adorei a receita, muito saudĂĄvel e fĂĄcil de preparar, farei hoje mesmo. Muito obrigada!

  5. amanda says:

    Delicious milk, very goooood!

  6. Bruna says:

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

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

  8. Carol Capel says:

    Delicious milk.

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

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

  10. Nicolle says:

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

  11. Darryl B says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Darryl,

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

  12. Anny says:

    All wonderful, I’ll test.

  13. como ganhar dinheiro vendendo salgados says:

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

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

  15. AntĂŽnia Batist says:

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

  16. 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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      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!

  17. Maria LĂșcia says:

    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

  18. Bozan Gurok says:

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

  19. Flavia says:

    I was looking for this recipe! I saw in japanese channel but never find again! Thank you very much! Great post! Loved the content!

  20. Eunice says:

    ParabĂ©ns pelo conteĂșdo do site gostei de como fazer o leite de coco, que delicia.Obrigado

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Eunice,

      YAY! I’m so excited to hear you loved this recipe + making you’re own coconut milk! Thanks for reaching out.

  21. Salgados para vender says:

    Great recipe! I tried it and it worked.

  22. Lazaro Silva says:

    From now on I never again spent a penny buying coconut milk ready, thank you very much for sharing this delicious coconut milk recipe, I already did and it was very good, perfect.

  23. Manollo says:

    I really like natural foods. Our body thanks! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Rian says:

    I loved the recipe! It seems very easy to do and besides everything looks very natural. I will make!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Rawesome, Rian! Reach back out are you’ve given it a try! I’d love to hear your review!!

  25. Rana says:

    Im making my coconut milk, but it makes a mess :/

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Rana,

      Oh no! Which step are you finding extra messy?

  26. Anne says:

    Wow what a delight, I love coconut milk, here in Brazil this recipe is a success, as a child I drink at least once a week.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Anne,

      YAY! So happy you could enjoy this recipe + start re-living your childhood days! 🙂 Thanks for blendin’ with us, all the way from Brazil!

  27. John Oliver says:

    Hellooo! Very nice tips! Thanks for share!

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