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. I use my French Press Coffee Maker…I add 4 cups of water to 3/4 cups of Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes. I like that consistency. My vegan sister like it thicker so uses more flakes per 4 cups batch. I add 4 cups of water and I get 4 cups of milk using this method after pressing the coconut meat down. I then use the coconut meat hand moisturizer after washing dishes. Mr Coffee French Press $12 at Walmart. I don’t like coffee…but it’s been a God send for makin my milk (milk/yogurt/ice cream allergy).

    • Wow! Using a french press is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing that with us :)

  2. Just started doing this and I LOVE it! I was also going through an insane amount of nut milks – this is simple, pure and delicious! I sometimes add vanilla as well.
    Something that gets used up fast in our house – any kind of nut butter!!

    • Using a mesh strainer alone might leave you with the milk having a gritty texture. I’ve had success using a thin, clean kitchen towel to line a mesh strainer, though!

  3. Has anyone ever tried to make coconut milk with coconut water instead of plain water??

  4. Great simple recipe and lovely accompanying post.
    A tip I love for making your own “milks”- if you don’t want to (or can’t afford to) splurge on a nut bag, look for a pillowcase at your local thrift store- older ones are even better than newer ones (most are 100% cotton)- they are the PERFECT “bags” for making milks and cheeses!

  5. how much fat, calories, carbohydrates … is there in your home made milk ? (:
    I also like to make mine at home but don’t really know the nutritional information to it (:

    • Links to nutrition information are below the recipe on the link “View Nutrition Information (once on page, scroll down)” Hope that helps!

      • I don’t think that nutrition information is correct. I think it just accounts for the coconut and not the milk? You have to subtract the nutrition that is left over in the remaining pulp.

        • Hey! I just double checked — nutrition info is correct :)

        • I would love to know the nutritional value (calories) in the remaining pulp.

  6. How did you get the milk to homogenize so well? When I do this with coconut flakes the milk has clumps of fat that do not homogenize at all, and the milk tends to develop an ultra-hard top layer. Fat and liquids separate completely.

    I’m almost tempted to just leave the coconut meat in the milk, and hope that this creates a more consistent liquid.

    • need a high-power blender like vitamin or nutribullet which is less expensive

    • Even with a high-speed blender, it will separate over time, especially if you put it in the fridge. I’ve been making this coconut milk for several months now, and have tried several blenders and several types of nut-milk bags, all with the same results:

      Strainers: Nylon Nut Milk Bag, Hemp Nut Milk Bag, Clean dish towel.
      Blenders: Nutribullet (with new replacement blades), BlendTec (mine), VitaMix (Mom’s).

      I’ve tried blending anywhere from 90 seconds to 10 minutes. I’ve found no difference between blending for 2 minutes or 10 minutes. Less than 2 minutes in the Nutribullet, I’ve found that you’ll be making a mess with coconut cream all over the nut milk bag.

      The way I usually make it now, is using the “Soup” button on the Blendtec, twice, then strain. Leave some airspace in the storage container so that when you shake the jar/can/bottle it will all mostly combine.

  7. Isn’t the coconut expensive as well? What is the cost difference between a quart of homemade coconut milk vs a quart of store-bought almond, hemp, oat, & rice milk? The Coctco organic rice milk doesn’t have carrageenan in it, & is fairly cheap.