I LOVE coconut milk. Love it!! Unfortunately store bought versions usually come in a can (BPA) and contain additives and preservatives like Guar Gum.So why not just make your own?
With just two ingredients and three simple steps you can enjoy your own fresh coconut milk any day of the week.
While coconut milk is high in fat, it is loaded with with essential vitamins and minerals like C, iron and folate. In addition, coconut milk contains lipids and fatty acids that have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties (As if I really needed a reason to enjoy this delightful drink).
If you're staying away from dairy or just looking to add a wonderful sweet flavor to some of your favorite dishes, coconut milk, in moderation, can be an incredible addition to your diet.
**Note: Homemade coconut milk will be less creamy than the store bought version. The recipe below will result in a light coconut milk (less fat) but will still be bursting with flavor. You can increase the ratio of coconut to water for a fuller fat version. Just play around and see what works for you.
4 cups hot purified water (not boiling)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes or shredded coconut
Warm purified water on the stovetop or in the microwave. The water should be hot but not scalding.
Place the water and the coconut flakes in a high powered blender. Blend the ingredients until smooth. I typically run it through the blender twice.
Place a thin dish towel or piece of cheese cloth over a wide mouth container and pour in the coconut mixture.
Pour the mixture in batches allowing the milk to drain through.
Once completed, bring the ends of the dish towel or cheese cloth together and twist, squeezing out any remaining liquid from the coconut meal.
Chill the coconut milk and enjoy.
Be sure to give the milk a quick shake before serving. Your homemade version will last up to five days in the fridge.
If you are looking for something a bit sweeter, add one date and a pinch of salt to the water before heating. Follow the remainder of the instructions as listed above.