Homemade Coconut Milk

Of all the milk “alternatives,” coconut has got to be the very best and most versatile.

Full-fat coconut milk can be whipped like heavy cream, and light coconut milk still has enough fat to cut the acidity of coffee and serve as an alternative for cream. It’s good over granola, in coffee and straight up. I’ve even made killer salted chocolate caramel with coconut milk. And if you still don’t believe me, try it in a smoothie. Shoobee doobee.

I’ve made homemade almond milk before, but it’s just not quite heavy enough to make it great in coffee. Too watery or something, as is the case with rice milk. But in an attempt to go easy on my soy creamer compulsion, I’ve been seeking a non-dairy half-and-half alternative. Coconut is the answer.

Making nut milks is really simple–1/4 cup nuts to 1 cup water, process, and strain–so I figured a coco-nut should be no different.

I decided to give homemade coconut milk a try after Juli from Luna’s Living Kitchen scolded me for requesting soy milk for my coffee and presented me instead with the silkiest, smoothest, most perfect coconut milk I’ve ever had. Their blow-ya-mind muesli (pictured above) is soaked in the aforementioned nectar of the gods. They also make hemp and almond milks in house and, surprisingly, their hemp milk doesn’t taste like feet (like all the others I’ve tried).

Their secret? Add medijool dates for a little sweetness.

I took this little tip and my go-to nut milk ratio recipe (1/4 cup nuts : 1 cup water) and gave homemade coconut milk a try.

Homemade Coconut Milk
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  • ½ cup dried, unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 medijool dates, pitted

  1. Combine coconut, water and dates in a blender and let soak for 10 minutes
  2. Start your blender on low and then immediately jump to the highest setting
  3. Process for 1 minute
  4. Pour milk through cheesecloth or through a fine mesh strainer and refrigerate

I suppose it’s a little lot easier to just buy coconut milk, and the effort involved in making this doesn’t match the yield (one measly 8-oz cup). But your friends will think you’re magical when you’re all, “So I was making coconut milk this morning…”

And then they’ll forget about whatever dumb thing you just said. Like, “If you’re on a skateboard is it boarding or skating that you’re doing?”

For the record, it’s called skating and I know because now I have a skateboard because it was 70% off at Target and who can get out of Target without at least one (thousand) impulse buy(s)?

Not I.

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