Homemade coconut milk

yum yum yum!

This is such an easy recipe! now i know a lot of you say you don’t have time for this…but really it can’t be easier and it is less expensive. I like homemade coconut milk to drink, to use in recipes, and smoothies.. but if i want the full coconut cream i will go ahead and use this brand-it is BPA free. I like using both, but i have to say that it is nice to stretch what you are getting with you money- i often combine them which i then use to make coconut milk yogurt and coconut milk ice cream (family’s favorite food right now!). Another plus is that you get coconut “fluff” as i call it. i use it in place of coconut flour, or at least part- it is lighter and gives you baked goods that nice coconut taste-without being too dense from the actual coconut flour. I will have to post a recipe some time- i am experimenting a lot with it right now.

So here is the coconut milk homemade and easy of course ūüôā doesn’t it look nice and smooth..mmm so light and a little sweet too from the coconut. i have two ways, one take about 15 min total (quick) and the traditional way takes more life 40 min total- but i do other things while i wait for the flavors to infuse the water- i usually forget about it honestly, but it will be ok for a few hours on the counter.

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut i get mine here

4 cups filtered water

vanilla extract (optional)

few drops of stevia/few tsp honey (optional)

few shakes celtic sea salt

 

Directions:

***(traditional way)***

i prefer making the coconut milk this way because my coconut flakes are dehydrated 98 degrees and i try to keep the enzymes so i don’t want to boil it

1. boil water-let cool slightly (i love my glass tea pot!)

2. put your flakes in a glass jar

3. measure your 4 cups of water

4. pour your water over the flakes

5.let sit for 30 min in a quart jar

6.  pour the coconut water in the blender

7. blend!

8.set up the nut milk bag in a bowl

9. pour coconut pulp water through nut milk bag ( i use mine for everything juice/nut milks/tea..)

10.strain through cheesecloth/muslin/or nut milk bag

* strain into a bowl with a spout to make it easier to pour

11. stir in honey/stevia/sea salt and vanilla

12. take pulp (coconut fluff) out of nut milk bag- save in a container/jar in the fridge

13. save the pulp for baking! – lighter than coconut flour i will post a recipe soon on how to use “coconut fluff”

12. Drink! stays good in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks..though mine never lasts that long at my house ūüôā


***(quick way)***

1. pour coconut flakes and water in a pan

2. boil water and coconut flakes for 10 min

3. let the water cool down a little so it does not burn you

3. pour the coconut water in the blender

4. blend!

5. strain through cheesecloth/muslin/or nut milk bag

6. stir in honey/stevia/and vanilla

7. take out pulp from nut milk bag/cheesecloth save in a container/jar

8. drink! enjoy

~stay gutsy, caroline

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