Yep, you read that right. You can make your own coconut milk, rather than buying it from the store, all full of sugar and other ingredients you just don't need. I reallyyyyy wish there was a way for you to smell the deliciousness of homemade coconut milk through your computer screen haha. It's absolutely heavenly.
I'm a proponent of dairy-free milk alternatives and my goal for my family and I is for us to eventually be 100% dairy free. There are many nutritious and great alternatives to cow's milk. I'm hoping by now you have tried making my Homemade Almond Milk and if not, give it a try!!! This coconut recipe is even easier than the almond milk so definitely take a read and give it a whirl.
Here are some healthy facts about coconut milk that I can't resist sharing with you:
coconut milk is an excellent occasional substitute for cow’s milk because it is easy to digest, simple to make and contains many nutrients.
coconut milk contains an abundance of vitamins B, C and E. Vitamin B provides energy to cells and vitamins C and E help boost the immune system.
Coconut milk is also rich in magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and iron. Magnesium is responsible regulating the heart’s rhythm and supporting the function of nerve cells. Potassium maintains the tissues of the heart, kidneys, brain and muscles. Phosphorus keeps teeth and bones strong, and iron creates red blood cells and carries oxygen throughout your body.
coconut milk is great in moderation, as it has a high caloric content and it's high in fat. it is a healthy addition to your diet but balance your consumption of this milk with other dairy-free alternatives such as almond milk.
ADD COCONUT MILK TO YOUR smoothies, cereals!, coffee/tea and baked goods. Or even enjoy a small glass on its own.
Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe
Serves: 3-4 cups Time: 10 minutes
- 2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut raw **Find a sulphite-free shredded coconut. Sulphites are preservatives added to foods and if you can avoid them, try to! I get my shredded coconut from Whole Foods.
- 4 cups of filtered water
1. Heat water but don't bring it to a boil. I usually do this on the stove, instead of the kettle to ensure it doesn't come to a boil.
2. Add shredded coconut and hot water to blender and let sit for several minutes. Blend until you get a creamy, milk-like consistency.
3. Once blended, strain milk over a large bowl through a nut milk bag to remove remaining coconut. For pictures on how to strain the milk through a nut milk bag, check out my Homemade Almond Milk post and I have step-by-step images there. :)
4. Transfer filtered coconut milk to jars or pitchers and refrigerate. The milk stays fresh for 3-4 days.
I don't add any additional ingredients to my coconut milk because it's naturally sweet and the flavour is delicious.