Quick, Easy, Delicious Coconut Milk Recipe

Cow's dairy doesn't agree with everyone to say the least.  In fact, it's one of the most common food allergies (1) causing a number of health concerns including digestive upset, eczema, and chronic sinusitis.  Unfortunately store bought nut milks can taste a little off with all the additives, and some of these might be better off avoided, take for example carrageenan - in which the safety research isn't quite conclusive.

THE GOOD NEWS - 10 Minute, 3 Ingredient, Delicious Coconut Milk!

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Homemade nut milks are unbelievably delicious and so easy to make.  Coconut milk in particular is extra fast; you don't need to soak the coconut shavings before hand as with required with other nut milks. 

Below is a super simple and fast vanilla or chocolate coconut milk recipe you'll LOVE!  Enjoy by the glass, or use in recipes like hot oatmeal and chia seed pudding. 

What you'll need:

  • Blender
  • nut milk bag, cheese cloth, or cotton cloth.

Ingredients:

Chia seed breakfast pudding made with coconut milk

Chia seed breakfast pudding made with coconut milk

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut shavings.
  • 3-4 cups filtered water (less water for richer milk!)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1tbsp maple syrup or one pitted date (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (for chocolate milk option)

Directions:

  • Add coconut shavings, 3 cups water, pinch of salt and the optional sweeteners and additions to the blender
  • Blend on high for 2 minutes
  • Sample a spoonful and add additional sweeteners or cocao if desired.  Add the 4th cup depending on the desired richness; if you like a creamier milk, you can leave out the 4th cup of water.
  • Strain and enjoy! 
  • Keep remainder in a sealed glass jar in your fridge and it will last for about 5 days.  It will separate naturally so shake vigorously before enjoying.

 

In health,

Dr. Angelica

Resources

  1. Valenta, Rudolf, et al. "Food allergies: the basics." Gastroenterology 148.6 (2015): 1120-1131.