How to Make Coconut Milk


mamanatural.com Coconut milk is a nutritious beverage that tastes great in smoothies, curries, and even chai tea. What’s more, it makes a wonderful substitute for those that can’t tolerate dairy, particularly children, since it’s contains nourishing lauric acid as well as medium chain fatty acids which are known for their health benefits… definitely heartier than rice milk. Now, how do we make this drink? Well, easy. Climb a tree. Pick a coconut. Then get a hammer and smash the thing open. Be sure not to hurt yourself in the process. Ha.. ha… for those of us who don’t live in the tropics, making your own coconut milk can be a major ordeal. That’s why I’m excited to share with you a healthy “short cut” to making the milk that doesn’t rely on a can opener. You see, canned coconut milk works fine in a pinch but we want to limit our use of canned foods due to their Bisphenol A (or BPA) content. This compound has been linked to reproductive problems, cancer and type II diabetes. You’ll need two ingredients for this recipe. Organic, unsweetened shredded coconut. You can find this online or at health food stores. And filtered water. You can also add sweeteners or flavorings such as vanilla, cocoa, stevia, or even passion fruit but these are optional as it really tastes delicious au natural. Below are two recipes for you to try. “Cooked” Coconut Milk Ingredients 2 cups organic, unsweetened shredded coconut 3 cups of hot filtered water (Use 2 cups if you want a thicker milk

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    25 thoughts on “How to Make Coconut Milk

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @homeandbahay Oh good! Never thought that the writing would help in this way :). I’m cuckoo for coconuts too. XO.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @fuzzypeach5 YUMMY! Yes, the thicker variety would be hard to choke down. LOL! If I make it richer, I use as a tea creamer.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @21stCDollsHouse Hmmm…. homemade tomato sauce. That’s a great idea. Give me some time to tinker. I know that canned tomato sauce is nasty since the acidity really picks up metals.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @gladeemarie I started Griff on around 9 months in smallish doses. I think by a year, you are good to go as full dairy replacement.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @fattiecane It has a “hint” of sweet. If you want a sweeter milk, try liquid stevia. It blends really nicely. You can also add vanilla extract, cocoa, fruit, you name it!

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @fluffywanderings I would say it’s about equal to the cost of canned. It does taste SO MUCH BETTER. Fresher for sure.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @apleasingaroma Aw thanks, and thanks for sharing how you use. I don’t use in savory dishes but now need to give it a whirl.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @crimsonkurls The only thing about carton coconut milk is that they add a bunch of emulsifiers, synthetic vitamins, sugars, etc.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @RavenMidnight911 Only thing about store bought is that they add synthetic vitamins, emulsifiers, oils and sugars. 🙁

    • MzAngelEyes

      I LOVE watching ur videos, even the ones totally unrelated to my life lol You should have a show on tv your very entertaining.

    • mamastaci

      would this work in recipes calling for canned coconut milk? I make haupia, a pudding bar with it, it’s basically just sweetened and thickened. Come to think of it, what would you recommend for thickening, I tried once to thicken it with arrowroot powder instead of corn starch and instead of pudding bars I got snot.

    • CherryJane20

      I love your recipes! I wish more Americans understood the importance and benifits of eating fresh, organic REAL foods!

    • TheLifeInTheNorth

      Looks delicious! I noticed that your blender is has a glass container. Would you mind sharing what make/model it is? I am looking for a glass based one.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @TheLifeInTheNorth It’s an Oster Professional Series. I don’t think they make our model anymore but if you go to oster.com, they have a special tab that shows all of their glass jar models. You could then cross-reference on amazon.com to see which one has the best reviews. I’ve been happy with mine. XO.

    • MamaNaturalBlog

      @JnTMac3 You could put in baked goods like bread, muffins, scones. I don’t think it would add a lot of flavor since you tap it by making the milk but it does add fiber.

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