Okay, now you know how to make your own Too Easy Almond Milk, but do you know how to make coconut milk? It’s another great alternative to regular milk because it’s lactose free, which makes it easier to digest for most folks. Coconut milk has a ton of health benefits but it’s the creamy taste that keeps us coming back for more! I just know you’re going to love the recipes and the videos this week.

Fun fact: In Sanskrit, the coconut tree is known as “kalpa vriksha” and translates to “wish-fulfilling tree” or “tree which gives all that is necessary for living”. And it’s true, you could literally live off of coconuts if you needed to. Another cool fact is that the entire coconut can be used – everything, including the flesh, sugar, oil, water, and milk.

Coconuts are highly nutritious and contain important vitamins such as C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. They also consist of vital minerals including iron, calcium, and magnesium. Their unique fatty acids help the body to feel full and trigger brain receptors that control appetite, aiding in weight loss. Studies show these fatty acids may also kill bacteria that cause plaque formation in the arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease. Coconuts have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, which help boost immunity and fight viruses. An added bonus? The nutrients in coconuts have been proven to help fortify and condition both skin and hair. The fatty acid content may help with dandruff, dry or itchy skin, and infections along with preventing wrinkles. Yes please!

Benefits of Coconut Milk

  • Contain important vitamins and minerals
  • Aid weight loss
  • Boost immune system
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Promote hair and skin health
  • Tastes delicious!

Today I want to share with you Two Easy Coconut Milk recipes! The first is with a fresh coconut. This one requires a little more work since you have to open and empty a young coconut. The second recipe is a bit simpler because it uses dried coconut. Both of these recipes are less expensive than buying commercial coconut milk at the store, plus they taste better and don’t have all of those gross additives and sugar!

Coconut Milk Part 1: From Fresh Coconut

 Equipment needed:

  • High speed blender
  • Nut milk bag or cheesecloth
  • Bowl
  • Glass jar with lid

Ingredients

  • 1 young coconut
  • 1 cup filtered water (optional)
  • 1-2 t Vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Open the coconut (which you can learn how to do here)
  2. Empty the coconut water into a bowl
  3. Scrape out the meat of the coconut
  4. Blend the coconut meat and coconut water until smooth and add water to taste. (Or if you want more coconut milk — I know I do!)
  5. Strain mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth and squeeze coconut milk into a bowl
  6. Add vanilla
  7. Transfer coconut milk into a bottle
  8. Keep covered and refrigerated
  9. Shake before using and enjoy!

Bonus: Use coconut paste in a smoothie or favorite recipe, or blend back into the milk for more texture.

Coconut Milk Part 2: From Dried Coconut

Equipment:

  • High speed blender
  • Nut milk bag or cheesecloth
  • Bowl
  • Glass jar with lid

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried organic coconut (either flakes or grated)
  • 4 cups hot water (hot but not boiling)
  • 1-2 t vanilla (optional)

Instructions:

  • Blend dried coconut and water until smooth
  • Strain mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth and squeeze coconut milk into a bowl
  • Transfer coconut milk into a bottle
  • Keep covered and refrigerated (keeps for 3 or 4 days)
  • Shake before using and enjoy!

Bonus: Use leftover coconut meal in your favorite recipe to replace other flours.

TASTE TEST

Okay, so after I made coconut milk both ways I decided to conduct a little taste test. The coconut milk made with dried coconut is definitely much creamier and tastes more like the commercial brands you might find in a store. The milk using the fresh coconut is refreshing and is less creamy, tasting more like coconut water.

Both are absolutely delicious and I think it comes down to what you’re in the mood for. If you feel like having something refreshing and a little lighter, opt for a fresh coconut. If you feel like something creamy and delicious, use the dried coconut. Or you can do what I did and just make both so that you never have to choose between the two!

Which Coconut Milk method do you like better?! Share in the comments below!

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