How to Make Coconut Milk, The Easy Way



Rich creamy coconut milk. It’s something you find me using at my house few times a week. It’s the base for my currys, hot cocoa and smoothies. For those that are dairy free or just like to mix things up a bit it is a wonderful substitute for dairy milk. It is so good for you! Coconut milk is rich in magnesium and calcium, anti-bactririal and can boost your immune system.


For years I bought full fat coconut milk by the case to keep up with the demand. I had seen different posts on various blogs on how to make your own so I finally bit the bullet and gave it a try. Since then I have been hooked!


Coconut milk made from coconut flakes is not as hard as you would think. It is so much easier than cracking open a coconut yourself and grating it to make milk. It is not quite as thick as full fat coconut milk from a can. The secret to thicker coconut milk is a longer soaking time. I’ve read of people suggesting soaking your flakes in hot water from 30 minutes to 4 hours. By mistake one time I left my coconut flakes soaking for 6 hours. The result was the thickest, most delicious coconut milk I had ever made!


Now that I make my own it is hard to go back to using canned coconut milk. The canned version has a slight metallic taste that I didn’t notice before.

How to Make Coconut Milk, the Easy Way

 2 cups coconut flakes (unsweetened)
4 cup boiling water

1. Place the coconut flakes in a glass bowl or ½ gallon canning jar. Pour the boiling water over the flakes. Cover with a plate or canning lid. Leave on the counter for 6 hour.

2. Pour the contents of the jar a blender. You may have to do this in two batches if your blender is smaller. Blend on high for about 2 minutes or until you have a smooth mixture.

3. Strain the contents of the blender through a fine sieve gently pushing on it with a spoon to remove all the liquid. Or pour through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag, allowing the coconut milk to collect in the jar. Twist the cheesecloth or nut milk bag to be sure to get all the liquid out.

This should keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The fat from the coconut will rise to the top, so be sure to shake well before using. (You may need to let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes to bring it to room temperature if it is too thick.)

You will be left with coconut pulp, don’t throw it out. You can freeze it and add it to smoothies, baked good or ice cream. Or dry it and save to use in muffins and other baked goods.


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About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Tthis and the almond milk look wonderful! Any idea on fat and calories?

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      No, I’m sorry I’m not sure. It is high in fat and calories but the GOOD kind. :)

  2. I’m going to do this!!! Trying to do less & less canned pantry items -

  3. Thank you for sharing the soaking tip, that’s good to know!

  4. I use coconut milk instead of water or juice I my morning fruit smoothies. Also add flax or chia seeds and a collard green leaf.

  5. I am going to have to try this sometime soon! BTW this post was chosen as one of the top 3 of the week over on my blog hop, Get Real Frugal Friday! I hope you’ll back come by my blog hop, Get Real Frugal Friday and join us again!

  6. My mom always makes her own coconut milk. She prefers it over the canned ones from the grocery. Probably because it’s fresher?

  7. I’m here via Blogelina – I’ve never heard of making this… Very interesting! ;-}

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    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers

  9. Thank you for sharing, I have never had coconut milk before. This is something I will have to try, I love Coconut.

    Dawns Delights Art

  10. I never thought about making it at home before. It’s got to be cheaper than buying it! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. I never thought about making my own coconut milk before, but I totally look forward to trying it- thanks for sharing!

    Eco-Crazy Mom

  12. Marjorie Dawson says:

    We love coconut milk it is an essential part of our fish curry. Thanks for the mkae it at home tip, this will be such fun to do.

  13. I have made soymilk but I have never tried to make coconut milk. I will be giving this a try really soon. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. :)

  14. Is it really that easy? I have to try this now. I make a lot of my own items, butter, salsa, ketchup, mayonnaise, and cleaning products so this may be the next thing added to the list. Thanks for sharing how easy it is.

  15. Oh wow, this sounds great! The recipe sounds easy to follow and I love the fact that it’s healthy! Thanks for sharing, Katie Mae. I’m going to have to pin this and I think I’m gonna have to follow your blog. :)

  16. I have made soy milk once but never coconut milk. This doesn’t look too hard. I love coconut milk in curries. Thanks for sharing!

  17. love this!! I am having one heck of a time finding coconut milk here in Poland, so I am going to have to try this!!!!

  18. Thanks for sharing…. going to look up some recipes I can use it with! Stopping by from Commentathon. Pinned and Tweeted ur post!
    Cinella @ The Mami Blog

  19. I found you via blogelina! Love this recipe and thanks for sharing! Will definitely try it! Sounds much cheaper than buying.

  20. I love coconut milk, and coconut juice as well. I grew up in the Philippines where coconut is in abundance. Have you ever tried coconut salad? It’s good too.

  21. Sounds pretty yummy, I will be trying this out in the very near future!

  22. Oh wow. I always wondered how to make this stuff. I have coconut oil,coconut flakes, but alas no coconut milk. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. I so admire people who are skilled at cooking. I feel like I will be forever hopeless at this. I just don’t understand how to put fun combinations together or how to experiment with food!

    I feel like, if I got any kind of decent at it, I’d be pretty fulfilled by cooking, especially because it’s not something I’m naturally drawn to! Do you love to cook?

  24. I have to make my own coconut milk for my diet but I have never tried cause it seemed too hard. But I love your directions. EASY! Thank you. Gonna have to try this soon.

  25. Have you ever heard of coconut cream concentrate? I have two jars of it. It is coconut meat. I was thinking I could make coconut milk with it. I bought it and I do not know what to do with it. Sounded good to buy at the time, I think I learned my lesson :)

  26. love the new website! looks like the down-to-the-wire craziness was worth it :)


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