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Homemade Coconut Milk

Homemade Coconut Milk - Good Girl Gone Green

When I was a kid, heck, when I was an adult before transitioning to the vegan lifestyle I drank milk, and especially loved chocolate milk. For the last few weeks, I have been purchasing unsweetened coconut milk to add to my smoothies to make it extra creamy.

I sometimes miss drinking something other then water. I decided to take a big sip of the coconut milk I had in the fridge. I spat it out. It tasted like watered down something, and actually doesn't even smell like coconut. That got me thinking- perhaps I could just make my own with shredded coconut and water. So I did.

I originally tried to make it in a food processor and that didn't really workout as planned. I don't think it is powerful enough. Once I had my Blendtec in hand, I tried it again. It worked like a charm.

My homemade coconut milk smells and tastes like coconut, unlike the store bought variety I have encountered. It is creamy and just lovely.


Basic Coconut Milk


  • 1/2 cups of shredded coconut
  • 2 cups of water
  • Optional: 2 dates for sweetness


  • Put all ingredients in a high powdered blender
  • Blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
  • Strain thought a nut bag.
  • Enjoy this creamy coconut milk.

Tip and Notes

  • This recipe will not work very well in a food processor. I tried, and failed.
  • You can use a cheese cloth, if you do not have a nut bag.
  • You do not have to strain the coconut, but it is recommended.

Here are some fun, kid friendly variations of the basic homemade coconut milk.

Chocolate Coconut Milk

  • Basic coconut milk (full recipe)
  • 2 -3 Tbsp of cacao powder
  • Optional: 2-3 dates

Strawberry Coconut Milk

  • Basic coconut milk (full recipe)
  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • Optional: 2-3 dates

Green Coconut Milk

  • Basic coconut milk (full recipe)
  • Handful of spinach
  • Optional: 2-3 dates

For each recipe, just put all the ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend on hight for 2-3 minutes.ย [/print_this]

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Reader Interactions


  1. Jeanette says

    I haven’t tried making my own coconut milk yet, so I’m glad to see how easy it is. Love all the variations you came up with.

  2. Small Footprints says

    YUM! I’ve never liked commercial coconut milk for that very reason … it just simply didn’t taste like coconut. This version sound wonderful. Now I’m imagining the basic recipe with, perhaps, some orange for a decadent Pina Colada type concoction.

  3. Multi-Testing Mommy says

    I love the taste of coconut and they are super good for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ve been using coconut water as the base to my smoothies – with a splash of almond milk too!

  4. Nekky says

    Wow, there are things we never knew that are so simple and easy to make. I’m totally loving this, especially with the different varieties to try out.

  5. Mrs green @littlegreenblog.com says

    That chocolate and the strawberry version sound divine – good for you and a real treat for kids – thanks so much for sharing your experience. I have a vitamix so it would be interesting to try ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jenny says

    I must say all of your favorite thing friday recipes that you link up make me drool and this is no exception. LOVE some coconut milk! Thanks so much for linking up again. As always I enjoy your blog so much.

  7. Jayda says

    I have actually only ever used coconut milk in curry never even thought about making my own. Thanks for making it look so easy to do!


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