Homemade Coconut Milk

If you look at coconut milk in the store, you will notice that pretty much every brand contains carrageenan.  Even the organic brands.  So the only other option is to make it yourself.  The good news is that homemade coconut milk is so easy to do.  It only takes a few minutes.  The best part about homemade coconut milk is that you can flavor it however you like.  I like to add a couple dates for sweetness, but you can also add in some chocolate for a sweeter treat. 🙂  This homemade coconut milk would be great in my coconut vanilla chia pudding or my raspberry coconut smoothie.

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All you need is 3 ingredients.  Only 2 if you want to omit the sweetener.

Homemade Coconut Milk

Prep Time 10 min Serves 3-4 cups milk     adjust servings

So easy, you will never need store bought again!



  1. In a blender , combine the coconut and water and blend for 2 minutes.
  2. Set a fine mesh strainer on top of a bowl.
  3. Set a cheese cloth over the fine mesh strainer .
  4. Pour the blended mixture onto the cheesecloth .
  5. Once you see a lot of milk in the bowl, you can gather the cheesecloth up in your hands and squeeze the excess milk out.
  6. Keep squeezing until all the milk is in the bowl.
  7. If you would like to add vanilla or dates for sweetness, pour the coconut milk back in the blender with the dates and vanilla, and blend for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Pour into a jar. I like to use glass mason jars.
  9. The leftover "pulp" can be dried out and used as coconut flour.
  10. To dry out the pulp, set the oven to 200 and cook for 2 hours.
  11. Then blend into a fine powder.
  12. Store the pulp in the fridge.


Recipe Notes

The coconut milk needs to be stored in the fridge. Use it within 3-4 days. NOTE: This coconut milk will not be able to replace the full fat canned coconut milk, but it can replace all boxed coconut milk. It's just not thick or rich enough to take the place of the canned coconut milk.

Coconut Milk Steps

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34 thoughts to “Homemade Coconut Milk”

  1. I do not have a high powered blender like the Vitamix...Will this work with a regular blender? Thanks for responding :0)
  2. This is so easy! Thank you! Does this separate in the fridge like the canned Coconut milk does? Does it mix back together OK when you shake it?
    1. Yes it will separate a little since there are no additives. Any homemade milk usually needs to be shaken before using.
  3. This is so easy, can't thank you enough. Can't believe I never thought of it, one of those "Of Course" moments....thank you again
  4. I made coconut milk once and it got solid in the fridge like the coconut oil. How do you get it to not get hard? I poured it through a nut milk bag. Afraid to try it again since I wasted that batch.
    1. You're welcome! This coconut milk will not replace the canned coconut milk. :( It's not as thick and rich. It's perfect for chia pudding and overnight oats though! I need to try and find a homemade version for the canned coconut milk.
  5. I made coconut milk once and it got so hard in the fridge it wouldn't pour. Was the consistency of coconut oil! How do you keep it from turning hard and not pourable?
      1. I don't remember where I got the recipe now. I will go ahead and try yours because all your recipes and so good and work! I will let you know how it turns out! Can I use a nut milk bag for this? Maybe I didn't strain it enough.
          1. Okay, I made it and it is in the fridge! I will see after it has been in there a while if it is hard as a rock! It was easy and looked good. Have the pulp in my dehydrator now!
  6. After looking for homemade coconut milk recipes I saw this and I was so excited to try! I use coconut milk quite often in cooking and baking so its very cost effective to make it at home. I have a toddler who needs lots of healthy fats in his diet so when I read that this wouldnt be full fat I did a little more research. I found another method which claims to be full fat and thought I would share. http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/04/recipe-homemade-coconut-milk.html I love your recipes and ideas! Thanks so much :)
  7. So far, so good! I have had it in the fridge since I made it this morning and it isn't hard!! It was almost funny when I took out the batch I made a few months ago and it was so hard I think I almost bent the spoon! This recipe worked and I dehydrated the pulp and it worked, too! Thank you for being there with all these great recipes and tips!!
  8. hi there, i was just wondering if you consistently make everything homeade? and do you find it convienent and or do you find it cheaper than buying the coconut or almond milk in stores?
  9. I'm making coconut milk with fresh young coconut flesh from the coconut, Is the proportion the same as making it with dry coconut? Is it neccessary to strain if using a vitamix?

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