Easy Home Made Coconut Milk (GF, Vegan, Paleo, Dairy free)



Easy Home Made Coconut Milk- MyRealFoodLife.com

Welcome to our non-dairy milk series! I have a fun new recipe for you…  Home made coconut milk! And its super easy!  Just so you’re in the loop, we started off with the classic Almond Milk, we moved on to the easy and yummy Cashew Milk and now,  its coconuts…. (there will be 3 more milks in this series so keep with us :)  ).

Easy Home Made Coconut Milk- MyRealFoodLife.com

I love coconut milk. The thing is, I don’t like the plastic-lined cans it comes in (you know, the whole, BPA mutating my unborn children thing… ;) … much as I like a third set of eyes and a few missing fingers and all… okok I exaggerate lol but still….)… .

I also don’t really like how hard it is to find coconut milk without guar gum or carageenan or xanthan or nitrates or sulfites…. or any other manner of funky emulsifiers and preservatives that my gut really does not appreciate.  I also really do not love how expensive it is.  Is there any way, really, to make coconut milk cheaper and closer to REAL food?  I got to thinking…


So, after looking around to see if its posible to somehow make my own coconut milk,  I realized that the options in front of me weren’t too inviting.  Either buy a coconut (right- do you know how expensive those puppies are this far north?!), figure out how to break it open (my fingers do not love this idea), scrape the flesh and stick it in my blender (um… I don’t have one of those Pro types like vitamix, so basically this means breaking the blender I’ve got…. plus ending up with a chunky mix, 2-3 hours and sweat and tears later)– not so awesome.

I opted for another method-  I figured I’d try blending shredded dried coconut-  you know the stuff you can add to your baking… Again, no go.  I don’t know who all these people are who looooooove making coconut milk that way, but either they have Vitamix blender or they’re just full on fibbing. (ha! just like the people who say the may terrific home made rice milk. Whatever! lol)

Anyways.  I got to thinking-  what I needed was a way to get the natural oils and cream from the dried coconut to be released while blending it.  I soaked it in cold water over night in the fridge.  Again- no luck.

And then it came to me.  Heat! I need heat!  How do you make nut butters? You heat the nuts so that the oils can be released!  BINGO. Same deal with coconut!

So, I must say, I finally figured it out!  The end result is light and fresh and delicious and creamy.  If you want it thicker, you can add less water.  The only thing I have to figure out now is how to make coconut cream— thats still a mystery to me but I’ll crack the secret eventually!


K, so, you ready for some super easy home made coconut milk?  Onwards!

Easy Home Made Coconut Milk- MyRealFoodLife.com




Easy Home Made Coconut Milk- MyRealFoodLife.com


10 Replies to “Easy Home Made Coconut Milk (GF, Vegan, Paleo, Dairy free)”

  1. Hi Candace! it easily keeps for a week and a half in the fridge ,and i just put it in a pitcher or glass container… hope that helps! :)

  2. Looking forward to trying this asap! Does anyone know how long it would keep in the fridge? Also what should I keep it in? And could it be frozen? Thanks!

  3. melanie i love your ideas!! i bet that chocolate coconut milk was fantastic. Date paste- briiiiiillant. omg. if you take a picture let me know and we’ll put it up! terrific idea :) i’m so happy i could help :) alea

  4. Great recipe, thanks! I took it further and stewed it in my rice cooker for a few hours, let it cool, then blended the mixture in a blender for a couple minutes, and then I strained it. The whole family thinks it turned out better than store bought.
    I also stewed a batch with cocoa powder added, followed the same procedure plus adding 2 tsp of honey during blending, and viola – chocolate coconut milk!! Awesome for in coffee.
    My next experiment was to try it with date paste instead of cocoa with the intent of making a coffee creamer / sweetener. I have to play with the ratios but it turned out preety good!!

    Thank you for all your hard work – it is an inspiration and huge source of help. :)

  5. hahaha oohhh Lou. i’m glad someone out there doesn’t mind my dorkiness :D in The Real World i often get Very Puzzled Glances ;)

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