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How to make Coconut Milk, Coconut chips, DIY Coconut Milk, Tropical Traditions

How to Make Coconut Milk

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
You don't have to have a coconut tree growing in your backyard to make homemade coconut milk. It is very easy to make homemade coconut milk.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 153 kcal


  • 2 cups coconut chips or shredded coconut
  • 4 cups hot water
  • high powered blender
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  • I put the water in a pot and brought it to almost boiling. Just when bubbles start to form on the bottom of the pot. The hot water helps reconstitute the dried coconut.
  • Put one cup of coconut chips in the blender and pour in half the water. Let this mixture sit for about a minute so the coconut can soften up. Be careful. Especially when you turn your blender on. The steam from the hot water will make your lid pop off if you're not careful so make sure you are holding the lid down when you first hit the power button.
  • I don't think it matters much which setting you use but my blender has a grate setting and that is what I used. Turn the blender on, holding the lid down until it gets going. Let it run for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour the coconut milk through cheesecloth or a very fine mesh strainer.
  • Put the coconut back in the blender and add the other cup of dried coconut. Pour in the rest of the water. Let it sit for a minute or two and repeat the previous steps.
  • Straining the second batch the same way and pour all of the milk into a jar, cover and store in the refrigerator.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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