For a good dairy-free option that doesn’t bust your budget, turn to this easy homemade coconut milk!
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We go through milk at my house, let me tell you! But, I do have one kiddo who does not tolerate it well. So I’ve spent a decent amount of time looking into other alternatives so no one feels picked on.
This coconut milk is a favorite. And, no, you don’t have to crack open your own coconut to get this. That would be fun though, huh? Or possibly ridiculously annoying and tedious. Yeah, that’s what I thought.
What you do need to do is get UNSWEETENED coconut flakes (versus the sweetened stuff that is more prevalent on grocery store shelves). Then you get all of the goodness of coconut flakes already processed for you without all of the added sugar. I like to get this one from Target or you can get it online from Amazon (usually about $3-4 dollars).
Then you just combine those coconut flakes with some hot water (make sure it’s hot as this helps the coconut blend better and release its oils), blend, strain (I love using THIS reusable nut sack for the best straining), and done! It’s super easy. You can drink it straight up. You can use it as a substitute in your baking for the dairy. Lots of options here.
If you do want to sweeten this coconut milk up a little but don’t want to add the refined sugar, try dates. If you haven’t discovered this already, dates are a FABULOUS sweetener alternative.
Also, it’s Food Allergy Awareness Week folks! Did you know that eight foods account for 90% of the food allergic reactions in the United States? (source: Foodallergy.org) These foods are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. This can be really frustrating, especially with processed food, as some foods may merely come in contact with these items in production, therefore, making them potentially unsafe. Enter BLENDTEC to save the day! Blendtecs are fantastic little tools to whip up your own delicious allergy-friendly foods without it being a massive production. We’ve teamed up with a fantastic group of Food Bloggers and Blendtec to provide you with some easy allergy friendly recipes and also a GIVEAWAY of the 625 Professional Series Blendtec Blender with an extra Twister Jar! Tammy and I both LOVE LOVE LOVE our Blendtecs and kind of use them for absolutely everything. Seriously guys, they are kitchen life-changers. Go enter below the recipe and then click on the links to find more recipes. Do it now!
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Easy Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 to 3 dates optional, for sweetness, pitted
- pinch of salt optional
In a blender jar, combine coconut flakes, water and dates (optional).
Blend until smooth.
Strain milk through a strainer or a nut bag to remove pulp.
Add pinch of salt if desired.
Coconut fat can separate over time. Just give it a good shake if this happens to recombine before drinking.