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Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

This Easy Homemade Coconut Milk is a great plant-based milk option to make make for your entire family!

Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

This Easy Homemade Coconut Milk is the perfect plant-based milk option and can be achieved in TWO options for 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. Completely Gluten-Free, Nut-free, and Vegan!

Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

Homemade and DIY dairy-free milk recipes are absolutely one of my faves to make these days. Because everyone in my house drinks dairy-free milk, it’s definitely easy to make batches and consume throughout the week without worrying about anything wasting.

This Easy Homemade Coconut Milk is on my top 3 list of dairy-free milks that we consume a lot and if you’ve tried any of my other options, you’d love how light, yet creamy this coconut milk is. Plus, 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.

What You’ll Need For This Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

Option #1:

  • Organic coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • Filtered water
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract

Option #2:

  • Fresh young coconuts
  • Filtered water

Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

How to Make Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

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.

That simple!

THE BEST MILK ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD

In recent years, we have seen a remarkable evolution in the accessibility and flavor of these products. Whether you have an allergy, are lactose-intolerant, are looking to try a vegan lifestyle, or just simply try making the switch to dairy-free, there are a ton of different milk alternatives, including Almond milk!
 

Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

Common Q+A’s About Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

ARE THERE OTHER GREAT ALTERNATIVE PLANT-BASED MILK THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE NUTS?

Of course! If you have an allergy to nuts, then you are able to enjoy other plant-based milks such as:

HOW LONG DOES COCONUT MILK LAST FOR?

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.

CAN I OMIT MAPLE SYRUP AND USE ANOTHER SWEETENER?

Absolutely! Maple syrup is a great sweetener option, however, if you aren’t a fan of it’s 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.

DO I NEED TO STRAIN MY COCONUT MILK?

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.

Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

How to Use Homemade Coconut Milk

There are a few options that include Homemade Coconut Milk being used to it’s fullest potential. Have fun experimenting on 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:

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Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves: 4 servings
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Ingredients

OPTION #1:

  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups organic coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsps pure maple syrup

OPTION #2:

  • 2-3 fresh young coconuts, broken w/ meat scooped out
  • 6 cups filtered water, boiled + cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsps pure maple syrup

Instructions

TO MAKE COCONUT MILK (OPTION #1):

  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend on medium-high speed for about 30-45 SECONDS. **NOTE: Do not over-blend; Adjust sweetness as needed.**
  • Once done, slowly strain (using a cheesecloth or nut bag) milk into a pitcher, squeezing the coconut 'pulp' to ensure that all milk is extracted.
  • Refrigerate milk (best if tightly sealed/covered) for up to 1 week. Stir before serving.
  • Sip and Enjoy!

TO MAKE COCONUT MILK (OPTION #2):

  • Once the coconuts are split open and the meat (inside of the coconut) is scooped out, rinse and set aside. NOTE: You want to ensure that they are completely clean without any brown lining or outer part attached.
  • Add the coconut meat, water, vanilla, and maple syrup to a high-powered blender and blend on medium-high speed for about 30-45 SECONDS. **NOTE: Do not over-blend; Adjust sweetness as needed.**
  • Once done, slowly strain (using a cheesecloth or nut bag) milk into a pitcher, squeezing the coconut 'pulp' to ensure that all milk is extracted.
  • Refrigerate milk (best if tightly sealed/covered) for up to 1 week. Stir before serving.
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: 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.
  • SERVING: To make less milk, cut ingredient measurements in half. To make more, simply double or triple the measurement of ingredients, depending on your desired amount. 
  • SWEETENER: Instead of maple syrup, you can use substitute sweeteners like Agave, dates, or date syrup, if preferred.
  • USES: Coconut milk's light consistency makes it perfect in lattes, cappuccinos, smoothies, soups, and baked goods. Can also be used as regular milk for cereal, etc.
 

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Shanika

 

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  1. thank you, nice to know how to make it from scratch, and two ways, even if I have to find a coconut somewhere I prefer that to a can sometimes, if only to know what’s in it! So, much appreciated!

    • Hi Sabrina! Absolutely! Yes—it’s definitely great to provide both options in case people have a coconut or two lying around and would like to give it t try! I hope that you enjoy! 🙂