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How To Make Coconut Milk From Coconut Flakes {Video}

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Okay, As Much Fun As It Is To Kung Fu A Coconut In The Driveway

Making coconut milk from fresh coconut is also very messy. And time consuming. AND mind bendingly difficult when there are no coconuts for sale at the grocery store.

For two months straight.

Katie and I have been a little depressed about that lately, but thanks to a tip from a friend we have discovered a super easy, thick and creamy workaround: Coconut shreds!

Oh yes, ridiculously easy and mmmm mmmm good. Can you tell how excited I am about this????

(Note: You can also use this method for making coconut milk from coconut cream/coconut butter. It’s even faster and easier if you have the key ingredient on hand.)

Uh, Why Not Just Buy The Canned Stuff?

Two reasons: It’s not “legal” on GAPS due to the guar gum most manufacturers add as a thickener. And all but one brand has BPA. Blech.

Oh, and because it’s cheaper, too. Ignore my cost analysis in the video – you can use the shreds twice so the cost per cup is approximately one dollar, not two. And you still have shredded coconut left over to bake with!

Ridiculously Easy Coconut Milk From Shredded Coconut

Note: Since making this video I have begun using a stick blender instead of the kneading method. It makes creamier coconut milk :)


Shreddd coconutIf You Prefer Written Instructions, Here They Are!

Makes about 1 1/2  2 cups


  • 2 cups coconut shreds
  • 2½ cups water


  1. Place shreds in a medium mixing boil
  2. Bring water to a near boil, then pour over the shreds and mix. Allow mixture to return to lukewarm/room temp
  3. Knead using method in the video or place in a blender for 60 seconds.
  4. Scoop mixture into a mesh bag and squeeze the milk into a medium bowl. Don’t waste those shreds! Repeat the process one more time and then use them to make coconut flour.
  5. Enjoy!

Katie drinking coconut milk

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93 Responses to How To Make Coconut Milk From Coconut Flakes {Video}

  1. Katie says:

    Perfect! Thanks Heather!!

  2. Julia says:

    I’m excited to try this! Also.. is there a recipe/step guide for water kefir? I would love to try that!

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  4. Annie says:

    “Recess” priceless!

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  6. Ingrid says:

    I love how you engage your daughter! She is very attentive and will be a very good cook later on!

  7. John Fisher says:

    This looks like a pretty easy method for making coconut milk. Will defintely give this a try, because I also frequenstly use coconut flour and if I can kill two birds with one stone (so to speak), and save a little money that would be great.

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  9. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I just made it and it turned out great! I like my coconut milk cold though, and I just pull it out of the refrigerator and found clumps on top. Is that oil? Should I just strain it and use the oil for something else? Thank you so much!!!! I love your blog!

  10. Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow says:

    Hi! I am interested in making my own coconut milk, but I don’t know if I should use dried coconut flakes or the fresher shreds. Which one do you recommend and where do you get it from? Thanks so much.

  11. Rachel says:

    Loved the video for this recipe- your children are so cute together, and they obviously adore one another – well done to you, mum!! My daughter has been by my side in the same way, and now that she is six, she is able to a) read a recipe, b) gather all ingredients and utensils needed, c) mix/ prepare/ cook (as much as is safe for her to do so!), and d) serve (then ravenously consume! hehe). Sometimes she amazes me with what she is able to do (I had a very different upbringing). I love seeing other mums engaging with their little ones and enjoying the messy process, too! ^_^ Oh, and I LOVE the recipe- our local supermarket (we live in a small rural town) just started stocking organic shredded coconut, which I hadn’t even been able to get when I went to our nearest major city (we also happen to live on a small island-state at the bottom of the world ^_^). *YAY* God bless you.

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  15. Billie Yates says:

    My youngest daughter and I love watching you and Katie teaching us new things! Just wondering if you have any idea how long the coconut milk will last in the fridge? After our first time making this we forgot it was there…not used to having it around yet. It’s been about 12 days…I popped it into ice cube trays and froze it. I figure we’ll use it for smoothies if nothing else. Thanks for all your hard work!

  16. Julie Giles says:

    OMGosh….I almost forgot about the milk watching your daughter what a cutie….. thanks for sharing

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  18. Laura says:

    Quick question, when you say you repeat the process, are you making a whole new batch of 2.5 cups of water or is it part of the same batch? Is the second batch thinner?

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