This Easy Homemade Coconut Milk recipe is the perfect plant-based milk option and can be achieved in TWO ways for the greatest ease. Completely versatile and enjoyed in anything that requires milk, this recipe is one that will be the staple for everyone involved, with a hint of vanilla and sweetness. This plant-based milk boasts clean ingredients and is fresher than store-bought alternatives with an ultra-smooth and creamy texture! Completely Gluten-Free, Nut-free, and Vegan!
This Easy Homemade Coconut Milk is on my top 3 list of dairy-free milks that my family consumes a lot, next to Easy Homemade Oat Milk and Almond Milk. I've made this milk TWO different ways, and both processes have been super easy to master and just depends on whether you have or want flakes versus actual coconuts. All you need is 2-4 ingredients + a blender.
I love to add plant milks to everything, especially when it is a homemade variety! It’s the perfect excuse to snack on healthy cereal, whip up a creamy coconut-based curry, or make something extra comforting like homemade Vegan Mac & Cheese!
Much like my Creamy Vanilla Sesame Milk and Easy Homemade Creamy Cashew Milk recipes, this homemade version is silky, smooth, and tastes better than any store-bought version. With a few simple ingredients, you can blend your way to a natural + dairy-free milk alternative. Add it to your morning latte! I love using it in this Toasted Coconut Honey Latte for a little extra coconut-y goodness.
Unlike some more complicated vegan milk recipes, you don’t need to soak anything to make this recipe. You’ll start by blending the coconut flakes (or meat of an actual coconut) in a high-speed blender with filtered water, vanilla, and maple syrup until smooth and frothy. To remove the pulp, strain the milk through a cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer or nut bag.
This simple ingredient Homemade Coconut Milk recipe is definitely a staple in my fridge. I have to admit I was a little late to the homemade plant-based milk train, opting for my favorite go-to brands like Califia Farms and So Delicious instead. They're amazing, so why make my own, right? Haha. Whelp. I've since given in to the trend, and I must say that I'm glad I did. There are a lot of great reasons to opt for homemade coconut milk.
There are a few options that include Homemade Coconut Milk being used to its fullest potential. Have fun experimenting with these options and, of course, switching things slightly by adding new flavors to your homemade coconut milk. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use it:
Of course, it depends on your preference and time. However, making anything homemade gives you more control over the ingredients used. Store-bought can be filled with added sugars, oils, thickeners, and salts, which aren’t that good for you, depending on the brand.
When properly stored in the refrigerator, coconut milk lasts for up to 1 week at best. Usually, I like to consume my batch within the first 2-3 days. The great thing is that making a new batch isn’t hard at all.
Yes, you can absolutely use it in hot drinks! It's a versatile dairy-free alternative that works well in coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and other warm beverages. The creamy texture and nutty flavor of this milk can add a delightful touch to your favorite hot drinks. Just ensure not to overheat it to preserve its taste and texture.
Absolutely! Maple syrup is a great sweetener option; however, if you aren’t a fan of its taste or might be allergic to it or just want to switch things up, you can simply substitute with Agave or dates as a replacer.
Yup! To ensure that your coconut blends to an incredibly smooth consistency along with your other ingredients, it’s super important that you pour the blended milk through some kind of strainer or nut bag to avoid coconut "meat" or clumps
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