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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Homemade Coconut Milk

I know, I know... another coconut recipe! I use coconut milk pretty often and have wanted to try a new recipe for a while because the first one I did with cold water, coconut flakes, and a blender turned out kind of gritty and wasn't the "full fat" type I am used to (and like best). You can always water it down if you need to but you can't add creaminess if it's not thick enough to start with.

This is definitely a much more economical option and you don't have to worry about BPA  or other additives from the coconut milk you buy in a can. I thought that this attempt worked out great and I put it to the ultimate test... I made homemade coconut milk ice cream with it to ensure creamy goodness!

I use coconut milk for smoothies, curry, stir fries, sunshine sauce, coconut cream (to replace whipped cream), you name it! Some people even use it to make homemade, hormone-friendly shampoo! It's just two ingredients and only takes a few minutes to blend. This recipes makes approximately 2 cups which is what you would get from 1 can you'd buy. I referenced the recipe from The Paleo Mom but doubled it to get a full can worth of coconut milk. The less often I have to make it, the better!

You can also add cocoa/cacao powder & and a little stevia or xylitol to make a great chocolate milk replacement!

Homemade Full-Fat Coconut Milk

1 1/2 cups finely shredded unsweetened dried coconut
2 1/2 cups boiled water

1. Place coconut into a blender.
2. Add freshly boiled, very hot water to coconut.
3. Blend on high for about 5 minutes (I blended for 50 seconds at a time, gave the motor of my Blendtec a few seconds break, and then repeated).
4. Pour pulp into a Nut-Milk Bag or Cheesecloth (or other chosen strainer) suspended over a glass bowl, mason jar, or measuring cup (have your strainer suspended over your bowl before you pour in the pulp).
5. You can either let gravity do its thing or you can squeeze the pulp through your bag or cheesecloth to release to coconut milk (let the pulp cool a little before doing this).
6. If not being used immediately, store coconut milk in a glass jar in the fridge (the jar is great for shaking up later). Enjoy!

Still going strong with a little daily detox? What have you tried or read about so far? I've been replacing many of our cleaners with toxin-free options. The latest editions I've purchased are the Seventh Generation brand of laundry stain removerdisinfecting wipes, & diapers! We also enjoyed some homemade fresh ginger and lemon tea that is great to help detox an overworked liver :)