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How to Make Coconut Milk 2 Ways
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

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. Here you can find both ways.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut milk, homemade coconut milk
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 187 kcal
Author: Don't Mess With Mama
Ingredients
For Making Coconut Milk With Dried Coconut
  • 2 cups coconut flakes unsweetened
  • 4 cups filtered water boiled
For Making Coconut Milk With Fresh Coconut
  • 2-3 fresh young coconuts
  • filtered water, boiled
Instructions
How To Make Coconut Milk Using Dried Coconut
  1. In a Vitamix, 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.

How To Make Coconut Milk with Fresh Coconuts
  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. Repeat for all coconuts.

  4. Rinse the coconut meat to remove all the brown outer pieces. 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.

  5. Blend coconut meat and water for about 2-3 minutes. Pour mixture through a sieve or nut milk bag to separate liquid from coconut pieces. Store coconut milk in the refrigerator to use as needed.

Recipe Notes

Keep the coconut pulp and follow this recipe to make Homemade Coconut Flour.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Coconut Milk 2 Ways
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 154mg4%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.