This is a super simple how-to for delicious homemade coconut milk, a great dairy-free option using 100% fresh coconut. The recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make and you’ll never want to buy store-bought again!
From my Coconut Shreds, Chips & Bowls , a coconut based golden milk, This Vegan Thai Green Curry, Homemade bounty bars … to this super simple DIY homemade coconut milk, I LOVE to use coconut. And this coconut milk is a delicious 2 ingredient, 10 minutes, dairy-free option.
In fact, I love coconut so much that I’m in the process of moving over my virgin coconut oil, coconut yogurt and coconut cream recipes over from my Instagram. So, watch this space!
Coconut milk is so super versatile. It can be used in so many recipes including smoothies, curries, as a non-dairy milk alternative in many recipes. Think of cereal, oats , pancakes and other baking recipes – they all can use some freshly made coconut milk.
Coconut milk can also be used within sauces and soups or as part of a marinade. Or, use it in a whole array of desserts and snacks including chia pudding, mousse etc! Honestly, the list is endless!
Not only is it so versatile, coconut also has many health benefits. Some of the benefits of coconut milk is that is contains healthy/unsaturated fats and antioxidants. It also provides a lot of electrolytes.
When buying store-bought coconut milk it can get very pricey quickly and, sometimes, you’ll find that your product comes with a whole bunch of unnecessary ‘additional’ ingredients.
This homemade coconut milk is made from two base ingredients; Coconut and water. This can then be flavoured with vanilla for an additional sweet touch.
This homemade coconut milk is also very affordable and can save you a lot of money if this is an ingredient that you use a lot! You just need a the flesh of mature coconut and some fresh/filtered water.
The DIY Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe:
It’s a quite simple DIY coconut milk recipe.
Begin by making 2 or 3 holes on the coconut.
Now you can pour out the coconut water. It’s amazing to drink it fresh.
To crack it open, simply bash it along the middle line/equator a few times with a hammer – this will allow you to split the coconut in 2.
Collect the flesh. I used a special coconut tool to do this, however you can also just use a knife.
Add the coconut flesh and water in a blender/high-power food processor.
Optional here is to add vanilla for flavour.
Next, pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and squeeze out all the liquid.
Pour into a glass container and keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
How to make coconut milk – steps:
- 1 coconut – flesh
- 3 cups of filtered water
- 1 vanilla bean (for vanilla flavour)
- Make 2 or 3 holes and pour out the coconut water. *
- To crack it open, simply bash it along the middle line/equator) a few times with a hammer - this will allow you to split the coconut in 2.
- Collect the flesh. I used a special coconut tool to do this, however you can also just use a knife.
- Blend the coconut flesh with the 3 cups of water in a high-power food processor/blender. Optional here is to add vanilla for flavour.
- Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and squeeze out all the liquid **
- Pour into a glass container and keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days ***
Can use any type of fresh coconut
* Can use the coconut water as well, substituting for part of the filtered water. I prefer to drink the coconut water as soon as I open the coconut.
** You can use the leftover coconut flesh to make cookies or other baked goodies.
*** when you place it the fridge, it's possible to see the water separate. that's completely normal as there are no preservatives or emulsifiers. Just shake well before you use it.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1/2 cup
Amount Per ServingCalories 65Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 45mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 0g
Other Simple DIY’S You May Like
If you’re interested in trying some more delicious dairy-free nut milk recipes, then look no further. I have a variety of different dairy-free milk recipes on my blog including Soy Milk, Cashew Milk, Oat Milk and Almond Milk.
For the full list, feel free to browse through the DIY section of my blog or search ‘milk‘ in the search bar for options including rice, walnut, hazelnut, flax, etc.
If you try this recipe, I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments. Also, feel free to tag me in your creations @AlphaFoodie.