Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk is a delicious creamy blend of coconut meat and coconut water. This is my favorite alternative non-dairy milk. There are many types of coconut milk, and no industry standard for it. Some coconut milk is thick and creamy, while other brands are thin and watery. Look for unsweetened coconut milk with no additives.

In a nutshell, there are 3 choices: Buy it in a can, in a carton, or make it at home. When buying canned coconut milk, look for full-fat organic, because so-called Lite coconut milk just has more water added. To find the thickest can, shake it and listen for the one that doesn’t slosh around. So far, the best brand I’ve found is Native Forest Organic Classic Coconut Milk. When I open the can, I stir the contents to combine the thick cream on the top with the thinner liquid on the bottom, and then I use the entire contents of the can. I don’t buy coconut milk in cartons, as they usually contain added sweeteners and stabilizers. If you really want to save money, homemade coconut milk is super-quick, has no additives, and costs a fraction of store-bought.

Homemade Coconut Milk

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Ingredients

    From shredded coconut:
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 cups warm filtered water

Instructions

    Blend:
  1. Place the shredded coconut in the blender. In a quart Mason jar, add 2 cups cold filtered water, and 2 cups very hot water. Pour it into the blender with the coconut.
  2. Blend well for about a minute. Stop and allow the machine to rest. Then blend again for another minute.
  3. Strain:
  4. Place a nut milk bag in a saucepan and pour the blended milk into it. Lift the bag and squeeze out your creamy milk. To add flavorings, rinse the blender and pour the milk back into it. Add any flavorings desired, and blend briefly. Pour into a quart glass jar. Enjoy!
  5. Variation - High Protein Coconut Milk:
  6. Follow the previous recipe. After squeezing the milk from the bag, rinse the blender and pour the milk back into it. Add 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder. Mine is Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate Original Unsweetened. Add any flavorings desired, blend, and drink.