How to Make Coconut Milk – 2 Different Ways


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Coconut milk is delicious in smoothies, curries and even non-dairy coconut whipped cream with berries. But you don’t have to reach for the canned stuff to enjoy it. You can easily make your own.

I’ll show you two different ways to do it – with fresh coconuts or with dried, shredded coconut (the super simple way).

How to Make Coconut Milk with Fresh Coconuts

Growing up in Hawaii, there are a ton of coconuts. You can literally get them anywhere, anytime. And tourists can enjoy fresh coconuts from fresh fruit carts on the side of the road. This is how I learned to make coconut milk the traditional way.


Ingredients

  • 2-3 fresh, young coconuts
  • Filtered water, boiled

Equipment & Tools

Directions

  1. Either drill holes in the eyes of the coconut or use a knife to poke a hole in the eyes of the coconut. Drain the coconut water and set aside.
  2. Take one coconut and find the seam that goes around it. Cover with a kitchen towel and hold still. Split the coconut open along the seam using a hammer. Keep turning the coconut while hitting it with a hammer along the seam until you go all the way around the coconut.
  3. Once the coconut is open, scoop out the coconut meat and set aside.
  4. Repeat for all coconuts.
  5. Rinse the coconut meat to remove all the brown outer pieces.
  6. In a blender, combine the coconut meat and coconut water. The coconut water volume can vary, so add boiled, filtered water to the blender as needed. I find a ratio of about 1 cup of coconut meat to 2 cups of coconut water or filtered water works best.
  7. Blend coconut meat and water for about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Pour mixture through a sieve or nut milk bag to separate liquid from coconut pieces.
  9. Store coconut milk in the refrigerator to use as needed.
  10. Keep the shredded coconut and dry in the oven at 350 degrees to dry it out for about 15 minutes. Once it’s dried you can use it for recipes or even grind it into a powder to create coconut flour.

That wasn’t so bad right? Well, there’s an even SIMPLER way to make coconut milk. Just use dried, shredded coconut and filtered water. I’ll show you how…

How to Make Coconut Milk with Shredded Coconut

The process to make coconut milk from dried, shredded coconut is actually pretty close to making it with fresh coconuts without the hassle of cracking open a coconut.


Ingredients

Equipment & Tools

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine the shredded coconut and boiled water.
  2. Blend for about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture through a sieve or nut milk bag to separate liquid from coconut pieces.
  4. Store coconut milk in the refrigerator to use as needed.
  5. Keep the shredded coconut and dry in the oven at 350 degrees to dry it out for about 5-10 minutes. Once it’s dried you can use it for recipes or even grind it into a powder to create coconut flour.

That was super easy, right? I love making coconut milk. It’s my favorite milk for smoothies.

Smoothie Recipes with Coconut Milk

Coconut, Almond and Banana Smoothie

Coconut Pineapple Green Smoothie

Virgin Pina Colada Smoothie

Raw Chocolate Green Smoothie

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Comments

  1. I have done both ways. I far prefer the real coconuts, but it is a lot of work. I have tried to grind the leftovers into flour as well, but with no luck. I would love for you to share this and any other real food posts with us each week at Real Food Fridays @ my lamp is full. Hope to see you there!!
    Janine

  2. I’d like to try this! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Thank you for linking up! Its because of awesome bloggers like you that our link up is a success!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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