For an excellent homemade coconut recipe and tutorial video, you can visit Tropical Traditions recipe page to see how they recommend making your homemade coconut milk from dried coconut. Also, see their video on making coconut milk below!
Below is my simple version of the recipe.
Homemade Coconut Milk:
- 1 cup dried coconut flakes
- 2 cups+ hot tap water*
*To make a thinner coconut milk, just add another cup or 2 of water.
Blend coconut and hot tap water together on high. Pour through a nut milk bag. You now have close to 2 cups of coconut milk to use in smoothie, soups, or baking! You can also save remaining coconut pulp to use in other recipes. Here is a great recipe for a grain free “oatmeal” cookie from Against All Grain where you can use the coconut pulp in place of the dried coconut called for in her recipe. (Just use flax “eggs” to keep it vegan if you’d like! I find flax goes really well in cookies too!)
Please note, this homemade coconut milk when used right away is a pretty good replacement for what you might find in a can, but once you refrigerate this homemade milk it will separate quite a bit, and you will end up with a thick and pretty hard layer of coconut fat at the top. I just blend it back together and use it just fine. Just don’t expect it to create a super soft layer of fat as found in most cans of full fat coconut milk. I often use the canned coconut milk fat for whipped cream, but it is not possible to do the same with the homemade version.
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