Easy Homemade Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut

Homemade Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut

Kevin has turned into a dairy-free milk monster. He adds it to his ginormous bowls of protein oats, whips up 1-2 protein smoothies per day, and even drinks the stuff! Coming from a guy who used to live on frozen meals and Cherrios (with 2% milk)… we’ve come a far ways.

We used to buy two or three large case of almond milk from Costco every couple of weeks, but that practice ground to a halt when we started reading up on carrageenan.

(I wrote about our carrageenan discovery in this post, if you’re interested. The whole topic is quite controversial. I received quite a few messages from companies after posting that post, attempting to defend carrageenan and the presence of it in our food. Given the immense case against its safety, I’ve made a personal choice not to consume it. But to each their own!)

Homemade Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut

We found a couple of dairy-free milks at Superstore that didn’t have carrageenan but at the rate that Kevin goes through almond milk, we were picking up seven $5 jugs per week. I’ll let you do the math on that one :|

This conundrum called for a bit of creativity…

And? I’m pretty happy with the result. No soaking, no waiting, really easy. Kevin even made a couple of batches of his very own!

If you want to make this a lighter, everyday drinking milk, try increasing the water by 2 cups.

Homemade Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut

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Easy Homemade Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4
Easy homemade dairy-free milk made with shredded coconut.
  1. Add ingredients to the bowl of your high powered blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Strain mixture using a nut milk bag or a new, never-been-used seamless nylon sock.
I have heard that paint bags work well as a replacement for nut bags but that they have to be replaced every couple of times. I have had the same nut milk bag for years with no issues... so I am not sure how economical it is to use a paint bag instead.

View nutrition information (once on page, scroll down)

Homemade Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut

Once you’ve made your milk and squeezed all of the liquid through your nut milk bag, you’ll be left with highly fiberous crumbles of coconut (aka coconut flour!).

Homemade Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut

You can add the crumbles to cereal, in smoothies, or dehydrate to make your very own coconut flour!

Homemade Coconut Milk Using Shredded Coconut

I would love to know (because I’m always giving Kevin a hard time about it)…

Is there a specific food/ingredient that gets used up REALLY fast in your house?

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  1. Hi there,
    It might be helpful if you specified how much one serving is. I couldn’t find that information.’Thanks

    • Hi Juniper! Each batch yields 4 servings, it should be somewhere around 1 cup per serving.

  2. Great recipe! I was wondering how you came up with the nutritional info? Thanks for the help

    • Hi Amie! I come up with nutritional info by inputting the ingredients I use into a nutritional calculator! Hope that helps!

  3. Thank you for the recipe. The proportions are exactly to my liking and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

    After straining the coconut with a cheesecloth, I “juice” it through my omega (masticating) juicer several times. I get a good amount of very creamy coconut milk and very dry pulp!

    • Thanks for trying it out! That’s an awesome piece of advice!

  4. Thank you for sharing the making of coconut milk.. Is it ok to leave coconut pulp when one only uses it for Keto smoothies? Say just filtering thru a fine sieve and not the nut bag.? Cheers Lesley

    • You can certainly leave some of the pulp for a bit of added texture!

  5. Hello,
    do you know the nutrition facts/macros of the finished coconut drink? Also how to dehydrate the crumbles? Thank you. :)

    • You bet! The nutritional info can be found here (once on the page, scroll down). You can lay the crumbles out on a pan and stick it in the oven on the lowest setting for about an hour or two until dried or you can put it in a food dehydrator.

  6. Do you have any idea how to make coconut water powder? The only type I can afford has maltodextrin and tastes pretty awful. I will definitely be trying this recipe because we try to stay away from
    canned goods even if the price and shelf life is good. I used to make my own soy milk and tofu ( adding shredded carrots& purple cabbage for color and texture) and used the ground soy for soy sausage. Does this freeze well, if it needed to be kept longer?