Did you know: Canned coconut milk often contains BPA in the can lining. Refrigerated carton milks are a little better but still have added sweeteners or preservatives to increase shelf-life (and taste).
Plastic is something I’ve worked hard to cut out of my day-to-day life, and making my own coconut milk (and other nut and seed milks) has been a side benefit of doing that! Reducing my plastic use benefits both myself and the planet, as now there’s no plastic pollution or plastic chemicals leaching into my food.
Coconut is packed with medium-chain fatty acids and lauric acid, adding so many wonderful benefits to your body and to your health.
So here is the simple method for making deliciously creamy homemade coconut milk from scratch!
Homemade Coconut Milk
This homemade coconut milk recipe is made from shredded coconut, delivering a hit of health-boosting medium-chain fatty acids!
- 3-4 cups filtered water (use less water for thicker, creamier milk)
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 date or 1 tbsp maple syrup (or raw honey)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp cacao powder for “chocolate” milk
- 1/3 cup fresh berries for “strawberry” milk
- In a blender, add the coconut along with 3-4 cups of water, and if using, any additional add-ins. Blend for about 2 minutes or until the mixture is well combined.
- Strain out the mixture using a nut milk bag or a very thin towel or clean T-shirt. Save the pulp to make another batch of coconut milk later, or to use in baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies, or energy bites.
- Drink immediately or store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days. As there are no preservatives or fillers in the milk, the “cream” of the coconut milk may separate on the top if stored in the fridge. If this happens, just shake or stir well before using.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
Have you made coconut milk before? How did it go?! Share below.
Lots of love,
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