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DIY Coconut Milk

Making your own coconut milk isn't hard at all, and you'll love having control over the ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut milk recipe, homemade coconut milk, how to make coconut milk
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 7 cups unsweetened coconut shreds shreds work better than flakes in my experience
  • 7 cups water brought to a boil
  • Optional splashes of vanilla or almond extract to flavor


  • Put the coconut in a large mixing bowl, and pour the boiling water over the coconut shreds.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and let it steep 2-3 hours.
  • Pour the water/coconut shred mixture into a blender and blend about a minute.
  • Pour the blended coconut/water mixture into a cheesecloth or tea towel over a bowl and squeeze out the milk.
  • Store the milk in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for months. Shake the coconut milk before serving –the cream will separate.
  • Save the leftover coconut shreds to use in your baking (granola bars, energy bars, etc), your smoothies, your oatmeal, or dehydrate and grind into coconut flour.