Make Coconut Milk
Homemade coconut milk is extremely easy to make. It is prepared with unsweetened, high potassium, high fiber, low carb, and healthy high fat coconut flakes. Both the potassium and fiber are good for helping maintain a normal blood pressure or reducing an elevated blood pressure. And fiber plays a role in reducing your overall net carb intake. However, there are different reasons why someone on the keto diet or anyone wanting to lose weight would want to drink homemade coconut milk. So, let’s take a closer look at why you may want to make coconut milk to drink!
Why Drink Homemade Coconut Milk?
- Delicious Taste – When you make coconut milk at home, it will taste much better than boxes of coconut milk or cartons of coconut milk that you may be getting from the store. The milk is as fresh as it can get, and it does not contain any fillers or preservatives.
- Creamy Texture – When prepared well, a homemade coconut milk is significantly thicker and creamier than the often waterier looking and tasting coconut milk from the stores.
- Ketogenic Weight Loss – A homemade coconut milk is the perfect keto milk! This is because it will still have a significant amount of what some call the coconut butter included in the milk. This delicious butter is basically a thin layer of yummy, whipped, healthy ketogenic coconut oil. If you are familiar with some of the health benefits of eating coconut oil, you may know that it naturally burns body fat. The coconut milk that I have purchased from the store does not seem to have the coconut butter included in the milk.
- Energizing – The body and the brain can run really well on coconut oil. Therefore, a homemade coconut milk can be a very energizing drink to have in the morning while providing you with clear thinking.
- Warming – Another awesome benefit in the cooler fall and winter months is that the coconut oil in a homemade coconut milk increases blood flow. It therefore warms the body from the inside out.
- Extras – When you make coconut milk, you end up with extra ingredients that are also ketogenic. You end up with (1) coconut pulp and (2) coconut butter. The remaining coconut pulp can be easily made into a homemade coconut flour that can be used as a keto flour substitute. The coconut butter can be skimmed from the top of the coconut milk as it cools. The butter can then be flavored however you like. However, another option is to just shake the coconut milk before drinking it to keep the ketogenic coconut butter in the milk. The coconut butter in the milk is delicious. It makes for a yummy cold drink as well as a delicious warm foamy coconut latte like milk.
To be clear, this homemade coconut milk is thicker and creamier than a store-bought version. However, it is still the kind of coconut milk that you can drink, add to your coffee, or possibly eat with a bowl of keto cereal. Therefore, it is not to be confused with the much thicker canned coconut milk that can be used in different ways to make other yummy keto recipes.
You will need a blender and a nut milk bag to make homemade coconut milk.
- Blender – Some type of blender is needed to blend the coconut flakes and warm water together. I have been using a Ninja Blender for many years. It works well for making homemade milk.
- Nut Milk Bag – The nut milk bag is needed to strain the homemade coconut milk from the coconut pulp. It is a reusable bag that can be easily rinsed and dried. Therefore, once you have a nut milk bag, you can make all kinds of healthy, plant-based, keto milk. The sky is the limit.
This homemade coconut milk is prepared with three simple ingredients. It is made with coconut flakes, monk fruit, and warm water.
- Coconut Flakes – To make coconut milk that is a keto milk, unsweetened coconut flakes are essential. Sweetened coconut flakes will be far too sweet to consume on the keto diet.
- Monk Fruit – The monk fruit in the raw is a delicious keto sugar substitute. With a 0 glycemic index and a number of other health benefits, this sugar substitute does not have an effect on blood sugar levels or the gastrointestinal system.
- Warm Water – Dried coconut flakes still contain a significant amount of coconut oil. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature. Therefore, blending the coconut flakes in cool water will not leave you with a smooth creamy homemade coconut milk. So, while you can skip hours of presoaking that some plant-based milk preparations require, you will need to use warm water to make coconut milk.
Homemade Coconut Milk
- Place the unsweetened coconut flakes in the blender.
- Add warm water to the blender with coconut flakes.
- For the best results, blend for 1-2 minutes.
- Then place your nut milk bag in a bowl and pour the warm coconut milk through the bag.
- Once most of the milk drips through the bag, use your hand to squeeze the remaining milk from the coconut pulp.
- Next, add the monk fruit and stir.
- The homemade milk is ready to drink or use while still warm or you can let it cool as needed before refrigerating.
It is so easy to make coconut milk! Different plant-based milks can provide you with different health benefits. So, if you to drink a ketogenic plant-based keto milk, the homemade coconut milk is definitely the milk for you. However, you may also be interested the high-protein homemade soy milk or the flavorful manganese-rich homemade hazelnut milk (recipe currently in SIMPLE – Fall 2022 Edition). Either way, I hope you enjoy the homemade coconut milk.