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DIY Coconut Milk
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DIY Coconut Milk

Coconut milk has become an absolute staple in my diet. I use it in sauces, coffee, and tea, and in any recipe that calls for regular cow's milk...I just love the stuff!

When I first started using it, I purchased the canned variety at my local health food store and would go home and transfer it into a glass container in the fridge. The ingredients list was very short (coconut and water) and it seemed like a delicious, healthy option for me and my family.

But there was one thing that continued to bother me a bit. With the frequency that I began to use the stuff, I didn't like that I was using a canned product so often. Unfortunately, any canned foods are going to contain chemicals that leach from the actual can and I just didn't feel good about using something like that SO often.

Don't get me wrong. I'll use canned products from time to time, and there's nothing wrong with using some canned items every week, but when it is a food that has become a daily staple, I felt I needed to take a bit more of a natural approach to this particular food.

Next, I found the coconut milk varieties you find in the refrigerator section of your grocery store. That seemed like the next best thing. Unfortunately, once I started going through the ingredients list, I quickly found ingredients like carrageenan, guar gum, and evaporated cane juice, and decided I wanted to enjoy my coconut milk without these added ingredients.

So I decided to do what any super-busy, working mom would do: make my own! if I really have the time to do this!

In all seriousness, the recipe below is so easy and fast that even a pregnant, working mom (yes, I'm talking about me) can handle it and keep it in the fridge on a regular basis.

Homemade Coconut Milk (I learned this method from Tropical Traditions)

7/8 cup of shredded coconut
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup hot water

You will also need:
Large bowl

Add shredded coconut into the blender. Then add 1 cup hot water into the blender. Blend at high speed for 2-3 minutes. Put your cheesecloth over the colander. Pour the pulp (from the blender) into the cheesecloth. Squeeze the coconut milk into the colander. Put the pulp back into the blender. Add 1/2 cup hot water. Blend on high speed again for about 1-2 minutes. Pour the pulp back into the cheesecloth. Squeeze more coconut milk into the colander (basically repeating the process to get as much coconut milk out of the shredded coconut as possible).

This may sound like a lot of steps, but I assure you it's super easy. It's just blending water and shredded coconut and squeezing the milk out of it. You will notice right away this homemade version is much tastier and healthier than any store-bought canned brand.

Let me know what you think!


When you squeeze into colander ummm it drains out? Lol
Coach Jen
Sounds like you are referring to "guar" gum. We try and want to limit gums in our diets since those are added as stabilizers and sometimes our bodies do not react well to them. We encourage making your own homemade versions to eliminate this :)
Alejandra Soria
Mine has organic coconut, water and organic gust gum. Does anybody knows what’s this???
Coach Jen
It can stay fresh for up to 5 days, but it usually never lasts that long in my house ;)
how long does it stay fresh in the refrigerator?
Rebecca T.
Hi Sue! You can use unsweetened shredded coconut. Most health food stores will carry it.
Sue Toto
Do I start with an actual whole coconut & hammer it open? Or where can I get shredded coconut to start? And cheesecloth?
Lorraine G.

Hi Lilia! Sure there are :) Check out Thrive Market for some awesome options!

Is there a coconut milk brand that is healthy and ready to use?
Evelyn Haag
Just purchased Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk Simple. Should this be diluted?
Coach Chrissy
Regina - As long as it blends it up enough, but a blender is usually best.
Regina Ransom
can I use a food processor
Coach Chrissy
It should be refrigerated. It's going to separate, but if you store it in a mason jar with a lid you can take it out a few minutes before you need it and just shake it up.
Nancy Graham
I have the same issue as Stacey. Any ideas?
Stacey Wall
Can I keep this in the pantry or does it need to be refrigerated? If I refrigerate it it separates with the oil becoming hard and I need to warm it in order to use it. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Coach Chrissy

A brand we recommend is called Let's Do Organic. But you can find some at your regular grocery store too. Organic is preferred, but you really just want to make sure you check the ingredients list and the only item listed should be the coconut.

Koby K
Where do i get shredded coconut? I'm assuming its not the typical bag in the grocery store.
Coach Chrissy
Kelli - The pulp is from the pureed coconut + water that's leftover once you squeeze out all of the liquid (in the above recipe).
Kelli Pruiett
Where do you get the pulp from?
Mary Paitsel
This is excellent!!!
Coach Chrissy

The pulp can be make into coconut flour if you want. Here's a recipe you can check out: Homemade Coconut Flour Recipe.

Coach Chrissy
Karen - You can definitely make it in large batches, but it only keeps for 3-5 days in the fridge BUT you can freeze it!
Karen Schmautz
Can you let me know what I do with the pulp?Is it good for cooking or just compost it? Thanks
Karen Schmautz
Can you make this in large batches or should it be made fresh? How log would it keep? thanks