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How to make Homemade Coconut Milk

Do you want to make your own Coconut Milk? Great idea! I’ll show you how to make homemade Coconut Milk with a high-speed blender! 

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I love, love, love young Thai coconuts but I don’t always have a use for the soft coconut meat. Well… all of this changed today! Because I’ve made homemade Coconut Milk out of the coconut meat and it’s amazing. It’s perfect for cooking, for example for Thai curries!

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I’d recommend using a high-speed blender for making this coconut milk (Blendtec, Vitamix, Omniblend < what I used). I love my Omniblend – it’s a bit cheaper than the other two professional blenders but it has enough power to make nut milk, green smoothies, and cashew cheese.

Homemade Coconut Milk | ElephantasticVegan.comLately, I’ve been really thinking about whether to buy canned coconut milk, coconut milk in glasses or in tetra paks. Cans are often lined with resin which contains BPA, so that’s not good. Glass jars are heavier to carry, could break and jarred coconut milk is usually more expensive. Tetra Paks are recyclable but not really. And because I can’t live without coconut milk I’m super happy that I’ve found this completely zero-waste method of making it.

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How to make Homemade Coconut Milk

Elephantastic Vegan
You want to make your own Coconut Milk? Great idea! It's super easy to make and I'll show you how! It is perfect for cooking e.g. curries.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Basics, Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 cup
Calories 283 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup young coconut meat (I've used the meat from two young thai coconuts)
  • 2/3 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Spoon out the coconut flesh if you haven't already and put it along with the water in a blender.
  • Blend for about 2-5 minutes, depending on how powerful your blender is. If you're using a high-speed blender, you can use it as it is. If your blender is not that powerful, pour it through a cheesecloth or a super fine strainer into a container, press any remaining liquid out of the coconut and depending on how much stays in the cheesecloth, you may want to do another round of blending it with a little bit of water. Repeat the pouring & pressing steps.
  • Fill the coconut milk in an airtight container and store it in the fridge (1-2 days max) until you use it!

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 23gSodium: 24mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1.9mg
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Summer

Saturday 24th of October 2015

Do you think this could potentially be coconut cream if you added less water? ?

Bianca

Saturday 24th of October 2015

hard to say - it had more like a coconut pudding consistency. Maybe it could work with added coconut oil to it, but I'll have to try it out next time. I don't think it will be whippable though. :/

Charlotte

Friday 16th of October 2015

oh my god yes !!!! I NEED to do my own !! thank you for this post

Bianca

Saturday 17th of October 2015

So glad you like it, Charlotte :)

Natalie

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

So easy! And with my vitamix, no straining even!! I have to admit I have a slight fear of buying young thai coconuts...or opening them more specifically. I did it once, but the water was pinkish so I think it was kinda going off, and ever since I haven't tried. Do you have any tips for picking good ones?

Mary

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

@Natalie, Coconut water contains naturally occurring variations in levels of antioxidants that can turn pink. Some bottles turn pink with time. So if the water in the coconut is pink that is a way to know it is true coconut water not a bad coconut

Bianca

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

I always shake the young thai coconut in the store and when you hear nothing, it's good! Because that means it's filled with water until the top. I always use this method and never had a bad one. Also the coconut shouldn't have any discoloring (especially green) on the outside because that could that it's bad too :) You should definitely check back tomorrow, I have just the right giveaway for you! :)

Strength and Sunshine

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

So I've made almond and cashew, but coconut milk must be on the next "blend" ;)

Bianca

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

Almond milk is truly amazing. I've made a hazelnut milk lately with the new blender and it was incomparable. so good.