Have you ever had a time when you needed coconut milk in a recipe and you realized last minute you don’t have any? I have! Now, I have a homemade raw vegan coconut milk recipe, where you use mature coconuts to make it fresh and it is incredible. But I have a confession to make, I sometimes simply don’t have time or feel like buying and cracking coconuts to make it from scratch. What can I say? I can be lazy at times or I am just insanely busy… Fortunately, there is a great super fast alternative! If you have shredded coconut in your pantry, you can easily whip up a batch of coconut milk in under 5 minutes! It’s also a good way to use up any left over shredded coconut you don’t know what to do with. It is a fantastic, always on hand, instant plant-based milk recipe. I’ve been making this instant coconut milk a lot lately to make an “almost instant coconut chia pudding”. It’s my favorite go-to recipe lately, especially when I’m pressed for time. I’ll share it with you next week.
Anyways, back to the instant coconut milk recipe! It’s a super simple 2 step process.
Blend the shredded coconuts or coconut flakes (whichever one you have on hand) and water in a blender for 2.5 – 3 minutes!
Strain the milk with a nut milk bag (you can substitute a female stocking) or a sieve and you are done! You can dry the leftover pulp in the dehydrator at 115℉ (46℃) until completely dry to make it into coconut flour. I give it to my puppy Orion, because she loves anything and everything coconut!
Here’s a link to a nut milk bag in case you are interested;)
It’s ready to be used in a recipe or you can sweeten it or flavor it to make a nice coconut milk drink.
Keep a bag of shredded coconut in the pantry, and you’ll always have fresh coconut milk! How cool is that? I like to pour it over my raw vegan granola or make my go-to “almost instant coconut chia pudding”. Stay tuned for the recipe next week!
- 1 cups unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- 2 cups water
- Blend the shredded coconuts or coconut flakes and water in a blender for 2.5 - 3 minutes.
- Strain the milk with a nut milk bag or a sieve and store in the refrigerator in a closed container.