Today I’m sharing a simple homemade coconut milk recipe. Because a lot of times I use yogurt in my smoothie recipes I want to provide an affordable alternative for all of you who may be lactose intolerant or vegan. The following homemade coconut milk is not only tasty but also affordable.
Although I have no issues with lactose (knocking on wood) my sister, on the other hand, is lactose intolerant. As you can imagine I often use the following homemade coconut milk recipe, especially during family visits.
Even if I don’t have lactose issues I always love to try out something new and experiment a bit in the kitchen. So I tried this super easy homemade coconut milk recipe which you can make in the evening (it will only take you about 10 minutes) and use it in the morning coffee, tea or granola. And do you want to know a bonus tip? In the freezer overnight the milk will separate in layers with coconut cream remaining on top of the container making it super easy to remove and use homemade coconut cream in a separate recipe. So you can have not only homemade coconut milk but also coconut cream which can be used as a lactose-free yogurt replacement.
The following ingredients will make about 0,5l (17 oz) of coconut milk.
Coconut flour – 100g (0.22lbs)
Water – 0.5l (17oz)
Sweetener of choice (for example dates) – not necessary
Put the coconut flour in the blender. Heat up the water but make sure that it doesn’t boil. Pour warm water in the blender. Let the mix rest for 5-10 minutes. If you wish you can add sweetener at this stage, I usually skip it.
Turn on the blender and blend the mixture.
Strain the mixture through a strainer or a thick fabric (I used cheesecloth).
Strain the mixture thoroughly. Don’t discard but rather store the dry matter (blended coconut flour) in the fridge or freezer. You can use it in smoothies, homemade muesli or for example in homemade Raffaello balls.
Store homemade coconut milk in the freezer for up to three days.
After the night in the freezer, coconut cream will separate from the rest of the fluid. Therefore you have to shake homemade coconut milk well before using. If you wish you can also scoop the coconut cream and use it as lactose-free yogurt substitute (mixed with coconut flour).