How to Make Coconut Milk

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Wood cutting board with dates, salt, and coconut flakes

Creamy, homemade coconut milk made with 2 ingredients in 10 minutes! Let me show you how.

Blender filled with coconut and water for showing How To Make Coconut Milk
Straining homemade coconut milk through a nut milk bag into a large bowl
Pouring homemade coconut milk from a glass measuring cup into a milk jug

How to Make Coconut Milk

A quick, 2-ingredient recipe for homemade coconut milk! Creamy, naturally sweet, and the perfect dairy-free alternative to milk!
Author Minimalist Baker
Pouring homemade coconut milk into an old-fashioned milk jug
4.63 from 43 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 (1/2-cup servings)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days


  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3-4 cups water (use less water for thicker, creamier milk!)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 whole date or 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup for sweetness (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa or cacao powder for chocolate "milk" or 1/4 cup fresh berries for berry "milk" (optional)


  • Add coconut, 3 cups (720 ml) water, salt, and any additional add-ins (optional) to a high-speed blender. Top with lid and cover with a towel to ensure it doesn’t splash. Blend for about 2 minutes or until the mixture seems well combined.
  • Scoop out a small sample with a spoon to test flavor/sweetness. Add more dates, salt, or vanilla as needed. Add remaining 1 cup (240 ml) water if too thick.
  • Pour the mixture over a large mixing bowl or pitcher covered with a nut milk bag, a very thin towel, or a clean T-shirt. In my experience, it benefits from a single strain either through a very thin towel or nut milk bag. You can save pulp for baked goods or to add to oatmeal, smoothies, or energy bites.
  • Transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate. Will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days (sometimes more). Enjoy cold or hot and shake before use, as it can separate in the refrigerator (due to no preservatives!). Can be used in smoothies, with granola, for golden milk, for matcha lattes, or for baked goods.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 6 (1/2 cup) servings calculated with 3 cups of water and the leftover coconut pulp nutritional content subtracted.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 half-cup servings Calories: 53 Carbohydrates: 2.3 g Protein: 0.5 g Fat: 5 g Saturated Fat: 4.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 7 mg Fiber: 1.4 g Sugar: 0.9 g

Liked this recipe? Check out our Guide to Dairy Free Milk for 5 more dairy-free milk recipes!

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  1. David says

    Please could you advise how you calculated the calories. Raw coconut is ~351Kcal per 100g. Hence 160g =~ 561 calories. I realise that you throw away some pulp but nearly all the fat [calories] are squeezed out prior to it being discarded. Your calculation of 53 Kcal x 6 = 318 Kcal seems too few.

    Best Regards

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi David, The nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 6 (1/2 cup) servings calculated with 3 cups of water and the leftover coconut pulp nutritional content subtracted. We estimated that about two-thirds of the nutritional content is removed in the pulp, but that’s really a rough estimate as we don’t have a way of knowing the precise amount!

  2. Dana says

    Hey there. I always love your recipes 😍

    I was wondering with the pulp from the shredded coconut can you make coconut flour?

  3. Mary says

    Would this make the same type of coconut milk that is used in Curries? Also store brand coconut milk is varied in fat content. Would this be closer to a “lite” store bought brand? or Full Fat? Thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mary, the coconut milk used in curries is thicker/richer than this one. This more closely resembles the kind you would get in a carton in the refrigerated section. If making this recipe for a curry, we’d suggest using less water (maybe 1 1/2 – 2 cups water total). That would likely be similar to light canned coconut milk. Hope that helps!

  4. Jordan says

    I don’t think this is a coconut milk recipe. I believe this is coconut cream. The milk and cream are sometimes used interchangeably in recipes but there’s a difference between the two. Three, if you consider cream of coconut.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We find with our food processor, liquids splash out the sides too much and it doesn’t break down the coconut quite as well. Different brands/models may vary though!