I LOVE coconut milk. I love it almost as much as I love coconut oil, and you know I luuuuv coconut oil.
But a good coconut milk is versatile, always creamy, and delicious. It tastes good without having to add the extras (vanilla, honey, maple syrup, dates, stevia, or other sweetners).
I’m looking at you sweet flax milk.
Since we’ve been milk-free and dairy-free for years now, due to allergies and DJ’s biomedical treatments, cow’s milk is out.
So is fermented goat’s milk (it was a phase), milk kefir, and raw camel’s milk. We never tried camel’s milk, but it’s often suggested as a natural treatment for autism.
But its not about the camel today.
Noooo, it’s all about coconut flakes and cutting the time it takes to make coconut milk by 95% — without losing any of the health benefits.
AND — its just as good as our young green coconut recipe, though not as fun to make.
The 9 Health Benefits of Coconut Milk:
- It’s a rich source of omega 6-fatty acids – supports normal growth and development, regulates metabolism, improves brain development an function, stimulates skin and hair growth
- Coconut milk is FULL of fiber – helps regulate your metabolism, keeps you feeling full, helps with weight loss, strengthens memory
- Helps the body fight and prevent infection with Vitamin c – vitamin c protects the body from disease, prevents cancer, helps the body make collagen (found in our muscles, bones, tendons, hair and skin – strengthens hair, improves skin elasticity)2
- Coconut milk is awesome for skincare because it’s packed with vitamin e – an antioxidant, prevents heart disease, prevents cell damage from free radicals which helps improve neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and parkinson’s disease; nourishes skin and hair
- Good source of zinc – zinc improves functioning of the immune system and digestive system, treats acne, balances oil levels in hair and skin, improves mental concentration and cognitive function
- Prevent fatigue and muscle contractions with iron – helps increase oxygen supply in the blood (keeps you from feeling fatigued), treats anemia, improves concentration, puts insomnia to sleep
- Coconut milk contains phosphorus which is good for healthy cells and prevents cell damage – phosphorus is a mineral that is present in every cell of your body; makes up 1% of your body weight, helps blood vessels and muscles work smoothly, helps repair cells and tissues in the body, helps the body form bones and teeth
- Best for hair growth because of it’s calcium content – calcium boosts hair growth, strengthens hair, skin, nails, bones, tissues, organs; improves cellular function
- Good for physical and emotional balance – it contains selenium which prevents heart disease, helps regulate and balance emotion, relieves stress, and helps the body detox heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium)
Let’s have a glass!
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 3 cups of hot water
You’ll also want to get a:
- high speed blender
- medium sized bowl
- 24 ounce sealable bottle
You can use any kind of coconut flakes…
I’m using Bob’s Mill’s Because I had some leftover from another recipe, but any unsweetened, organic, dried, no added sugar coconut flakes will work. You can always add sweetener to your milk when it’s finished.
Add the coconut flakes to your blender and blend until it looks like a fine powder.
Coconut Milk Benefits
Fresh coconut milk (8oz) has about 60 calories is is filled with vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids including lauric acid.
Lauric acid is converted into monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin is a compound that has “antibacterial and antiviral properties.”1 It’s also found in breast milk.
New research suggests that coconut milk may help protect the body from infection because of its high concentration of lauric acid.1
Make this recipe and let me know what you think!
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 3 cups hot water
- Blend on high speed for up to 1 minute, or until the coconut flakes looks like clumpy fine powder.
- Strain the milk through your strainer until no coconut flakes or clumps remain.
- Pour your coconut milk into sealable jar or container.
- If you're using a food processor, pulse for up to 1 minute, or until the flakes become a fine powder.
- Pour hot water into your blender with the coconut powder.
- Blend on high speed for up to 2 minutes or until smooth.
- Strain any remaining coconut flakes or clumps from the milk. You may need to repeat this a couple of times; or until the milk is clear.
- Pour it into your sealable jar or container.
- This coconut will last in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Store your coconut milk in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
For a wonderful coconut conditioning treatment, try:
1. Patil, U., Benjakul, S., Prodpran, T., SENPHAN, T., & Cheetangdee, N. (2017). A Comparative study of the physiochemical properties and emulsion stability of coconut milk at different maturity states. Italian Journal Of Food Science, 29(1), 145-157.
2. Vitamin C. (February 11, 2026). National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Retrieved from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/