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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  1. Tell Kevin this recipe is a keeper! Better than anything you can buy in the store with the option of making it as thick or thin as you want.

    Thanks Leanne..

  2. I have been making coconut milk for years. squeezing the mix to extract the milk is a messy job. Her is the tip: Use a coffee press (sometimes called a French Press. The process is mess free and much quicker and you get more milk.

    • I agree, the straining part is quite messy. For straining I use an Acme model 7001 centrifugal juicer with the shredding disc removed. You can make your own filter by cutting a strip out of a nut milk bag. Cut it the height of the basket and slightly long so the ends overlap by an inch or two when placed in the basket. Pour slowly or the unit will become unbalanced and vibrate. This method gets every last drop of milk out of your slurry!

  3. Do you know what the carb count on this milk would be?

    Thanks so much!

  4. Great recipe! A coconut cake I was going to make called for coconut milk and I followed this recipe to make the milk! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. I never thought of making milk from shredded coconut milk. I have a ton so this is a great way to use them up. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Hi! Been combing the web to find nutritional information on the amount of carbs for making homemade coconut milk. Any ideas?
    Thanks a bunch! Great site :-)

    • Found it! You have a link to the nutritional information! Bravo ! Thank you :-)

      • So happy that you found everything and you’re good to go! Enjoy <3

  7. Hi I made this and was very yummy…one question though after stored in a fridge a thick layer formed in the top of the jar. This is I presume the fatty bit. But what do you do, do you remove it and consume separately as I cant mix it back in the milk because it is solid….please help?

    • Hi Mira – this is the oil from the coconut, very healthy! Just give it a good shake (or there are other recommendations in the comments) and drink up!

  8. Thanks for the recipe!

    Any tips to keep the oil from separating?? When we place it in the fridge overnight we get a 1″ solid disc on top that is impossible to remix (we like our coconut milk cold and have it with cereal almost every day). If we just break through the disc to get at the milk what’s left is really watery. Please help…

    Also…for those who have a hard time finding nut milk bags (like me), you can try using jelly bags ;) They are basically the same thing, and easily found at Canadian Tire etc, where the mason jars and other canning items are stored :)

    • Hi Valerie! This is just the fat from the coconut. Nothing much you can do about it, unless you just remove the disk once it’s cooled. That, or (what I like to do) is place the milk on the counter for a little while and it breaks apart nicely.

  9. Hi! Is the nutrition info on the other page for 1 cup of the milk?

  10. Oh snap, thank you so much for posting this! It is gonna be so helpful when I order Coconut Milk at the grocery store! Super Outstanding!