If you spend any length of time here at Yogitrition, you’ll quickly come to understand that processed foods are not a part of the Yogitrition plan, and store-bought nut milk (even Organic) is no exception.
You see, true nut milk is generally bland in taste and thin in consistency. If it were sold in stores, no one would buy it. This is why manufacturers add artificial flavors and thickeners such as carrageenan. It’s also next to impossible to find a nut milk without added sugar and inflammatory omega-6 oils, such as canola or safflower. Then, to compete with the dairy industry, the nut milk is fortified with artificial vitamins and minerals. Why? I’m not exactly sure. True, nutrient dense food does not require fortification, it can stand quite well on its own thank you.
In a nutshell, no pun intended ;), it’s wise to steer clear of store-bought nut milks entirely and make your own. Especially for all you smoothie lovers than cannot imagine your smoothie without a thick and creamy nut milk. I’ve been using this recipe for quite some time, and my smoothies are creamy and delicious!
Why Make Your Own Coconut Milk?
It’s relatively delicious with the right ingredients
Coconut is really good for you
Store-bought coconut milk (along with other nut milks) are not the “health foods” they claim to be. They are full of undesirable ingredients that do not promote health.
I mentioned carrageenan above. If you didn’t click the link, I recommend that you do now. This inflammatory culprit is not only found in nut milk, it’s in the ingredients list of a lot of “organic” foods. Make it a point to avoid this ingredient whenever possible.
Uses for Coconut Milk?
I truly love using this recipe as a base for all of my protein smoothies
Triple the recipe to make a thicker milk (like the one in cans), and use it in recipes calling for coconut milk
Makes a tasty hot cocoa: heat milk, add 2 tsp. cacao powder and sweeten with Grade B Maple syrup
Gently heat and add cinnamon and a little Grade B Maple syrup if you’re craving warm milk before bed
Tools: High Speed Blender such as a Vita Mix, nut milk bag or painter’s bag (found in hardware stores)
2 cups of coconut flakes, unsweetened and fine
4 cups purified water
Bring water to a boil and add the coconut flakes.
Turn off heat, cover and let sit for 1 to 4 hours.
Blend on high speed in your Vita Mix or other high speed blender for 30 seconds or so. If you're using a regular blender, blend 2 cups at a time. You may also need to blend for a longer time.
Strain through nut bag into a pitcher, squeezing to release all of the milk.
Keep refrigerated for up to a few days.
You can use a higher ratio of coconut flakes to water to make a richer coconut milk, or you use less to thin it out. This is a recipe you’ll probably play around with a few times until you find the right consistency for you.
One last tip, make sure you do not use coconut flakes that have been de-fatted or partially de-fatted (the packages will often say “low fat”). This type of coconut flake is usually poor quality, and most of the nutrients are removed with the fat. Be sure to use a high quality, organic brand of coconut flakes.
I will be tickled pink if you think making your own coconut milk is an exceptional idea. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Or if you have a funny nut milk joke, please, please do share! Love a good nut milk joke. 😉 And as always, if you enjoyed this post and would like more recipes like this, please join me at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Welcome to Yogitrition, Your Source for Living Well and Whole. My name is Kim, and I am a yogi with a smoldering passion for nutrition and healthy living. My mission is to inspire as many people as I can to expand their awareness and broaden their horizons by giving a voice to the choices that create abundant, radiant health. Here I share deliciously simple plant-based recipes, nutrition resources, detox tips, a glimpse into my whole lifestyle, and work privately with clients from all over the world. Book a private coaching session or a cooking class with me, and keep up to date with my public cooking classes, supper clubs, workshops and events by signing up for my newsletter. I'm super thrilled you stopped by and have fun looking around! | Ormond Beach, FL