Homemade Coconut Milk (VEGAN)

Coconut is a kind of dry drupe (a hard stony covering which encloses the seed). Almost one-third of the people of the whole world rely on coconuts as a major part of their diet. Coconut is high in protein and iron. Fresh coconuts are easily available in the stores as well as the desiccated coconut are frequently used these days. The coconut water is quite refreshing, light drink and slightly sweet one naturally. The popularity of coconut also doesn’t end with only coconut water. There are a variety of other ingredients which are coconut-derived starting from coconut oil to coconut flour and coconut milk even.

Here this post is all about to make the homemade coconut milk. This is one of the trending Non-Diary / Vegan milk substitute. Just with some freshly grated coconut, fresh coconut water and some amount of normal water, the coconut milk can be prepared easily. Blend everything to get a thick and creamy texture and strain to get the thick coconut milk which is the first extract. After that again add some normal water to the residual coconut, blend and strain to get the thin coconut milk which is the second extract.

Each extract has to be stored separately to use differently. Again the third extract is also can be followed in the same method as of 2nd extract and results in thinnest coconut milk. Generally three stages of coconut milk are there, but I always do up to second extract. Thick coconut milk can’t be added to any dish over high heat as it may curdle. But there is no restriction of thin and thinnest coconut milk. If you have only thick coconut milk, then lower the heat and go for addition. Also the thick one can be diluted to get a thinner consistency. The process is so much simple and quick as well. For any vegan milk option, this homemade coconut milk best fits. In a glass container, the milk can be stored up to one week by refrigerating. So instead of buying the can of coconut milk from stores, do try this homemade version of fresh coconut milk.

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Homemade Coconut Milk

one of the trending Non-Diary / Vegan milk substitute which can be prepared so easily and quickly.

prep time: 10 minscook time: total time: 10 mins


  • Coconut (grated) 2.5 cup
  • Coconut water 1 cup
  • Water 1.5 cup


  1. In a blender jar take grated coconut, coconut water and 1/2 cup normal water.
  2. Blend on highest speed until a thick and creamy texture obtained.
  3. Then put a strainer lined with thin cotton cloth or a cheese cloth over a container.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture from the blender jar onto the cloth.
  5. Then squeeze the cloth very well to get most of the liquid into the container which is the thick coconut milk (1st extract).
  6. Now put all the residues which are left on the cloth into the blender jar along with 1 cup of water.
  7. Blend well and again follow the above method of extracting the milk into another container.
  8. This time the consistency of the milk will be thin as this is the 2nd extract.
  9. Keep both thick and thin consistency coconut milk into two separate glass jar.
  10. Use if needed right now, else refrigerate to use later !


This milk will stay fresh up to 1 week by refrigerating.


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  1. Gloria

    I often buy coconut milk This might be worth a try. That way I can make just a small amount.

  2. Danielle

    i just love the idea of making my own coconut milk! I totally want to try this out soon 🙂

  3. Kacie

    I love coconut milk. It's the perfect liquid to add to my fruit smoothies and buddha bowls.

  4. Asian-Caucasian

    Three simple ingredients for a delicious coconut milk! Nothing better than homemade!

  5. Byron Thomas

    Just like Gloria, I often buy coconut milk and the cans are quite large. Sometimes, I only need a little bit of it and I end up discarding the rest of the opened can. Would be nice to make just what I need!

  6. Cheese Curd In Paradise
    Cheese Curd In Paradise

    What a great way to learn to make your own coconut milk! We don't eat a lot of coconut in our house, but I enjoy learning about all of the benefits!

  7. Jacqueline Debono
    Jacqueline Debono

    I never realized it was so easy to make your own coconut milk. I use it a lot but buy it ready in a carton or can. Definitely want to try this!

  8. spoonsofflavor

    Nothing can beat the homemade coconut milk. This is so handy and far better than the store bought one.I do make this at home.

  9. Kelly Anthony

    I'm sure this is so much better than what we buy in the store and a heck of a lot cheaper too. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Unknown

    I didn't realize there were stages of extracts! I'm a big fan of coconut water and didn't realize I could use it to make coconut milk. I'll have to use this in my next curry.

  11. April

    I can't wait to try this recipe because it has been my little goal since a long time ago – to make a homemade coconut milk. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  12. Mimi

    This coconut milk must be so delicious! I would love to have a a glass or two every week. Looks great and I bet it tastes even better!

  13. Maman de sara

    It’s great to know how coconut milk is made, thanks for sharing.

  14. Lathiya

    I love Coconut and coconut milk…in kerala cuisine coconut milk has a inevitable place…you made this perfect..

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