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.

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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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    • I’ve made my own coconut milk, but quit because of the amount
      we go through. I make my own coconut kefir and we drink a
      Smoothie from it every morning. Now I just buy Aroyd brand.
      The reason I quit is because of how hard it is to squeeze the nut
      bag. With almond milk I can let the bag hang ( kitchen cupboard
      knob with bowl underneath) and it successfully does the trick and
      drains all the liquid. With coconut milk, this procedure doesn’t
      work. I believe it’s due to the fat content. It doesn’t drain down to the
      pulp. Have you any suggestions?? Also I don’t see how you can
      get 4 cups of liquid from the above recipe, if you are only adding
      4 cups of water? I am a lot older than you and my hands can’t
      take all the squeezing trying to remove all of the liquid. I also
      dehydrated the pulp for flour when I use to make my own,
      and soppy over wet pulp from not
      being able to squeeze the bag down to pulp, makes for wasted
      milk and long chunky dehydration. Any help would be appreciated!

      • Hi Judy – perhaps you need a new nut milk bag? It shouldn’t be hard to squeeze out at all. Or, try a nylon sock. You can leave those to hang no problem. There should definitely be at least 4 cups of liquid left over. I hope that helps!

      • could you possibly use a rolling pin to “roll” out the excess liquid? Just a thought

      • You can do it effortlessly with a french press coffeepot. Very fine mesh and no fuss. I would get a separate one for this purpose and not try to make coffee in it. So simple and no fancy equipment and cloth drying needed around the kitchen counters.

  1. Hi Leanne,
    I’m in Ontario and our shopping choices are limited as well. It takes a trip to Toronto to buy supplies. Have you checked out Upaya Naturals? They are a raw vegan online store with nuts and seeds, coconut, etc. And will ship in Canada for free with an order over $100. Just a thought. We also have the ontario natural food coop located in Toronto. We have a buying group and meet the minimum order amount once a month. You’re near Calgary? You would think they would have some options!

    • Hi Jan
      When you’ve order from Upaya Naturals has there been duty charges? I always think I’m getting a great deal with free shipping when I order stuff from the States but by the time they put the customs duty on, it seems like I’m paying double for my purchase.

      • Hi Kim,
        This is in Ontario and I assume for all of Canada, so no duty charges. I know what you mean though….I look at a book on Amazon.com and it’s $1.99 and then the shipping fee is $14.99!!!! Crazy.

    • I love Upaya Naturals, Jan! Yes, they’re so, so great. We have a bunch of bulk stores here in Calgary, but I get asked a lot where to purchase products online so it’s really great to know what’s out there. Thanks!

  2. so excited to try this! I love coconut matcha lattes but stopped buying tetra packs due to waste and the various gums in them :-)
    p.s. check out Rancho Vignola (if you haven’t already) for bulk nuts/seeds etc. high quality stuff. ordering deadline is tomorrow so hop to it ;)

  3. This is awesome! I don’t go through non-dairy milks as fast because it’s basically just me but my local health food store could be brought up on charges for extortion with some of the prices they charge! And I do sort of tend to stick to my rice milk, which is carrageenan free but rice milk is not the best for everything (it can be a bit thin) and now I’m concerned about arsenic in rice!
    Thanks for this recipe as I’m a big coconut milk fan whose had to pass cartons by on my trips to my local health food store.

    • Ugh… our health food store is the SAME! Because we’re in a small town and there’s nothing else around, they increase the price of everything by $2-5. It’s ridiculous. Now you don’t have to skip on the coconut milk!!

  4. i can’t wait to try this! i was just thinking about soaking some almonds for milk but will do this instead. thanks!

      • i had coconut chips and am soaking them now. if figured since they are bigger i should soak them? it’s been an hour, getting ready to do it. THANKS!

  5. This post was the most perfectly time :D I just bought 2kg of shredded coconut from my favourite online bulk store :D Can’t wait to give this a go!
    Making my own coconut flour will just be an even greater bonus!

    • Nice! Let me know how you like it when you give it a whirl ;) PS: where do you purchase your bulk items? I would love to know!

      • I too would LOVE to know where you buy your bulk food online! I need to stock up on many things and having them delivered to my door sounds delightful haha.
        For me, it’s rolled oats. I eat them in oatmeal, cook them into granola (side note: just fell in love with your chia seed granola Leanne), and anytime I bake I tend to grind them into oat flour. So I fill up a whole bag every time I go to the grocery store but zoom through it in no time!

  6. definitely want to try this. How much much milk does this yield after you strain it?

      • thanks Leanne! I still want to try this… but how is it cheaper? You would have to use 2 of those 8 oz coconut packs to make the milk, right? and that’s $5.20 and it only gets you 4 cups(32 oz) of milk. which is way less than a half gallon (640z) I normally buy coconut milk or Almond milk and they run me about $3 to $3.50 per half gallon. I’m just curious, how its cheaper. am I missing something? Only asking so I can justify this to my husband!! LOL

        • Try getting your unsweetened, shredded coconut at the bulk food store or in a bulk food section. You save a lot buying in bulk that way, especially if you plan on making many batches of this (and other paleo foods) in a single week!

          • I buy my coconut from Amazon, they have an industrial size for around $30, it lasts forever!

        • I overpaid for my first batch (7oz bag =3.79….bulk price $4.99 for 16 oz, both organic).
          I was able to make 4 (32oz) batches of coconut milk. I did a measured cup, though so i wasn’t going by weight. Maybe that accounts for the price difference? Mine came out to less than $1 a batch, the price for organic coconut milk arond here is about $3.79

  7. I love coconut milk! My mom used to make it for me when I was a child. She even used it in her cooking :).
    We go through a lot of honey in our household; it is our primary sweetener. We use it for everything from soy-nut butter and honey sandwiches to using it in our tea.

    • Yum. Honey is awesome! We went through a honey phase… great ingredient!

  8. Hey thats really nice coconut milk no soaking required its a great use when im in emergency
    At my house sorghum milk is used have u ever tried sorghum milk soak it 5 to 6 hrs grind it and sieve it
    And u can again soak it and make milk out of it and throw away remainings
    It is said sorghum is amagical grain i also make sorghum crackers
    When i became a vegan i started with sorghum milk which i found was close to milk
    I saw difference in jus 7 days i felt my bones were stronger try it out
    Never saw u made sorghum milk

    • I have SO much sorghum and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I’ll definitely give this a try! Thank you :)

    • Hi Disha,

      I am a vegan as well and I was really excited to read your response on making sorghum milk. I actually have some whole sorghum grains in my kitchen and wanted to know if you have a detailed recipe? I searched on google and couldn’t find anything. Any help you could give would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hi Bernadine – I placed them in the dehydrator and dehydrated at 105 for 6 hours. Then placed them in a container and put in the fridge. If you don’t have a dehydrator and just want to nibble on them, you could store them in the fridge, in an airtight container for a couple of days. Enjoy!

      • I make my own almond and coconut milk once a week. I do soak the coconut and the almonds though didn’t realize I didn’t have to with the coconut.. awesome:) But then I take the pulp from the two and put them in the oven on the lowest setting for a couple of hours and stir them around a few times in that process and then put through my grinder on the finest setting and I have coconut and almond flour:):):) soo much cheaper. But I have successfully used the wet pulp to make cookies, muffins and biscuits just adjust your liquid levels. You can also store the pulp in the freezer if you aren’t going to get to it right away or if the milk is just for smoothies leave the pulp in. Thanks Leanne I visit your site daily:!!

        • If you’ve dehydrated stuff, then you don’t need to store it in the freezer. Because you’ve removed all the water, it will, by definition, keep indefinitely – although it may oxidise and go stale after a while. However, if you put it in the freezer you risk spoiling it through freezing and rehydrating it.

          I use shop bought almond meal to make my almond milk. 2 seconds and it’s done. You can also use nut butters to make milks.

          • If you would read what she wrote, she was talking about freezing wet pulp, not dehydrated pulp. Love this tutorial! Thanks so much for posting it