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How To Make Coconut Milk From Coconut Cream Concentrate

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This method is so easy it almost feels like cheating, but of all the methods it actually delivers the BEST results.

This little kitchen hack is so easy . . .

It almost feels like cheating, but of all the methods I’ve used to make coconut milk it actually delivers the best results. (And I’ve used a few –  you can watch Katiepotamus and I make coconut milk from fresh coconut here and coconut flakes here.)

Rich in immune-boosting lauric, bone building phosphorous and soothing magnesium, coconut milk is one of my favorite kitchen ingredients. I especially love it in soft-serve ice creamcoconut creme bruleeraspberry custard tartletsfudge pudding pops, though it makes a fantastic base for dairy-free shrimp chowder, too.

Why not just buy the canned stuff?

Sometimes I do! But there are two main reasons I don’t use it very often:

BPA

Manufacturers can slap on the “BPA-Free” label even if their products still contain toxic bisphenol. You can read more about that here.

Additives

Canned coconut milk often contains thickeners like guar gum and xanthan gum, which can cause digestive problems in some people. Xanthan gum in particular can be problematic for people sensitive to corn, soy, dairy, or wheat, since it is a product of bacterial fermentation that is often grown on those mediums.

Personally, I’ve noticed that my stomach feels a little “off” after consuming coconut milk that contains guar or xanthan gum, so I prefer additive-free. There are two brands that I know of that do not have any thickeners or additives, and they come in BPA-free packaging. Does that mean they don’t contain bisphenol? Not necessarily, but they are my “go to” options if I’m using pre-made. Find them here and here.

Really, though, this method is so quick and easy that I don’t even consider pre-made unless I can’t get coconut cream.

This method is so easy it almost feels like cheating, but of all the methods it actually delivers the BEST results.

How To Make Coconut Milk From Coconut Cream

Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup water
    • 2 tablespoons coconut cream (also known as coconut butter), or more if you want a creamier milk* (find it here)

    * Keep in mind that this recipe thickens naturally about 20-30 minutes after it is mixed up, so if you think it’s too thin you may want to wait until then before adding more coconut cream.

    Instructions

    Method One:

    Pour coconut cream and water into a blender and mix until smooth. An immersion blender works, too!

    Method Two:

    Stir coconut cream into hot water until dissolved.

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    34 Responses to How To Make Coconut Milk From Coconut Cream Concentrate

    1. Sarah

      says:

      Where do you buy concentrated coconut cream? The link in the recipe shows a few kinds of coconut butters, but no cream. Just curious.

      My 20 mo old can’t have dairy and I have tried all kinds of coconut milk, my fav thus far: pureeing shredded coconut with hot water, but none of these seem to interest his palate. I can cook with it, no problem, but I just wish I could find an actual “milk” he would drink. He pines after his big brothers raw cow’s milk and it breaks my heart.

      Thanks!

    2. Larissa

      says:

      Yes, same question as of above. Where do you buy your coconut cream? The link just shows coconut butter. How long will the milk keep in the fridge? Thanks :)

      • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support

        says:

        Larissa, coconut cream is also known as coconut butter. Heather likes to use Artisana coconut butter.

    3. Martina

      says:

      I love Nutiva’s coconut manna. Same principle ;o)

    4. Kate

      says:

      Sarah, coconut butter, manna, coconut cream concentrate, etc are all what she is referring to here. It’s a little confusing because sometimes coconut cream is what other places refer to as the fat part of coconut milk but put it in a can (Trader Joe’s does that).

      For my daughter who can’t have cow’s milk, I add a little vanilla extract and a little maple syrup to the coconut milk and she slurps it right up. :)

    5. Karen

      says:

      Would refrigerating this produce a nice thick layer of cream on top? Like that in the canned milk?

    6. Tara

      says:

      Does this have a gritty feel at all? Or does it taste similar to coconut milk made from shredded coconut?

    7. Tara

      says:

      Also, do you know how the nutritional value compares to homemade from shredded coconut? Similar fat content and nutrients? Can you make ice cream with it?

    8. Kami

      says:

      Thank you, Heather! This looks great. I’m never going to buy the canned stuff again!

    9. […] I love learning new kitchen tips that are easy. Let’s face it life is hard and busy sometimes and making things homemade can be time consuming and exhausting. That is why I love this way to make coconut milk from coconut cream. It really does almost feel like you are cheating that is how easy it is. Plus then I don’t have to stock up on the expensive cans that are either full of BPA and additives or extremely pricey for the BPA free organic cans. If you love coconut milk take a look at how to make your very own. […]

    10. Goldi

      says:

      I just wanted to point this out because I was curious if this method would save me money or not.

      I am not sure if my math is correct or not, but this method is expensive if made with the coconut butter she cites at $13.85 compared to the almond breeze I purchase at the grocery store for about $4.00.

      The premade comes in half a gallon, which has 8 cups, so each cup (8oz) is $0.50.

      Contrast that with the 16 oz jar of coconut butter, which, to make milk requires 1/4 cup to make 1 cup of milk, and makes 8 cups (half a gallon) total of milk.

      With this recipe that $13.85 become $1.73 per cup of milk while premade is only $0.50 per cup.

      Just in case anyone else was curious…..

      • Heather says:

        Hi Goldi, I didn’t realize Almond Breeze made 100% coconut milk. I know of their blends, but I was unable to find a listing for a product that didn’t also include almond milk – can you help me out?

        Regarding the price, yes it is about $1.73 per cup. I will say, though, that you could easily use half the coconut butter and still get decent coconut milk. I just prefer for mine to be nice and thick. The additive free pre-made stuff I link to in the post is about $2.75 per 8 oz., so this recipe would save money for those who are buying those brands.

      • toni

        says:

        Oh, please. Almond Breeze contains additives and synthetic vitamins. I would rather spend more money to make a quality homemade, additive free and healthier product.

    11. Shannon says:

      You can make your own coconut butter with coconut flakes and a vitamix. Takes only a minute or two and is significantly cheaper than the bottled stuff.

    12. Yamir says:

      That’s it???!!!! That easy???!!!
      I’m already doing homemade almond milk, def doing this. I just bought a can and I hate to do so because of the additives or junk they can add. I guess that will be my last can. Thanks!!!!

    13. I’ve been using the powdered or canned coconut milk for convenience. After reading this, I’ll revert back to the original – a bit messier, more work, but certainly healthier. Thanks for sharing.

    14. Susan

      says:

      I’ve tried make this with Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate and the Artisans Coconut Butter. Both of these coconut milks turned up gritty or pulpy. I tried to strain it with cheese cloth and that took all the white out of the milk. I prefer a smoother coconut milk so I haven’t made anymore with the butters.

      • Heather says:

        I’m so sorry to hear that, Susan! I often use Artisana and it’s not gritty at all . . . I wonder if it maybe it has something to do with differences between batches. Thanks for your feedback – I’ll look into it.

      • laura

        says:

        Ooo my

        same to me
        now what I will do with this butter?

        any ideas using butter? no for millk anymore

        • Carole

          says:

          When making coconut milk from coconut cream concentrate, it will be gritty because there is fiber from the coconut. The Tropical Traditions website has that disclaimer on their recipe page. They do, however, have a lot (like over 100) of recipes for other things that you can make with the coconut cream. I still like the coconut milk even with the graininess, so thanks, Heather! I guess some of us are less sensitive. I also use it when making curry, and other Indian or Thai dishes.

    15. Aly

      says:

      I just made this with the Artisiana and it was out of this world tasty good! Slurped it right down. I wizzed up another batch and put in the fridge to chill so that next time I can add some frozen raspberries and make a creamy afternoon frozen smoothie treat! Bet it would also make great popcycles too! Oh, my oh my! THAT could happen here in my kitchen….
      Thanks Heather!

    16. gabriella

      says:

      Hi! Is coconut cream the same thing as raw coconut? My health food store sells Nature’s Way brand raw coconut, but is this the same? Or do I need to find a jar that says coconut cream/butter?

    17. heather

      says:

      Artisana, Nutiva, and Dastony all make nice raw organic coconut butters.

    18. Julia says:

      I have been making coconut milk with the shredded and hot water. My 16 month old loves it. Only issue is it doesn’t yield much, and it seems this recipe yields even less. Would like to be able to make more in a batch so we can all drink it and not have to make it every day. Any tips for larger batches?

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