How to make coconut milk & coconut flour

A couple of weekends ago I had the most fun you could possibly have with 2 cups of desiccated coconut (other than turning it into coconut butter).

First I made milk with it.

Then I dried the left over pulp and whizzed it into flour. (Thanks Jo for the tip!)

Next, I made some choc paleo muffins using the coconut flour.

And, finally, I turned the coconut milk into yoghurt. Yep, yoghurt. (I’ll post the recipe next week.)

To say the least, I saved myself some money, didn’t waste anything, and had a lot of fun!

Coconut Milk

I started making coconut milk using desiccated coconut earlier this year. Mainly to reduce tinned foods because of the BPA.

You will need:

  • 2 cups pure desiccated coconut (make sure it has not additives or other ingredients)
  • 4 cups of freshly boiled filtered water
  • a good blender.

Pour the desiccated coconut and hot water into your blender (if your blender has a plastic jug do this step in a stainless steel or glass bowl).

Let it sit for at least 2 hours, allowing the coconut to soften and the water to cool.

Then whizz in blender on high speed for 30–60 seconds (Thermomix: speed 9 for 30 seconds).

Strain milk into a wide mouth jug, using a nut milk bag or a few layers of muslin cloth. (Do not throw out the pulp. See below.)

Use the milk in curries, smoothies, porridges, soups – or make yoghurt!

The milk should keep for 3–4 days in the fridge. I tend to freeze it in portions to use in my curries.

A note about homemade coconut milk: because there are no emulsifiers or thickening agents ­– such as gums, carrageenan – homemade coconut milk is generally thinner than your canned variety and will separate on standing (the coconut milk fat will float on top). Just give it a good shake before you use.

Coconut flour

After straining the milk, spread the coconut pulp on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Dry in the oven (~ 120C) for 45–60 minutes, making sure all the moisture has evaporated.

Then pour dried pulp into a high-powered blender — such as a Thermomix, Vitamix or BlendTech — and whizz on high speed for 30–60 seconds until you have coconut flour.

Store in an airtight jar and used for baking.

I used some of the four to make these babies:

 

Remember to tune in next week for some coconut yoghurt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Comments on “How to make coconut milk & coconut flour

  1. Your so clever Lesh
    How wonderful are coconuts!
    I’m still enjoying my coconut butter from the other week.
    Cant wait to give this a go.. Plus coconut yogurt – Yum!

    • Ha! Thanks Tegan, you’re too kind! :) Yes, as a tropical gal from Fiji, I never appreciated them when I had coconuts in abundance. Now, when I experiment with the dry, desiccated stuff, I wish i could just pop over to Fiji and get me some fresh ones! I miss eating the flesh of young coconuts straight form the coconut. One of the most cherished memories I have of growing up in fiji.

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  3. hi, am so amazed at how much one can do wth coconuts as i love coconuts. i hv a few questions wth regards to coconut yogurt….can i jst get probiotics frm d pharmacy n add into d milk? instead of maple syrup can i use organic honey if yes will d measurement be d same? i’ll be using a normal blender is tht ok n lastly, instead of buying d dessicated coconut i’m planning on buying d scraped coconut n then dry roast it in a pan sme to mke coconut flour n some for d yogurt.
    i saw yr recipe on mking coconut flour……must i tke out milk first in order to mke d flour? hope u cld shed sme light to sme of my concerns lsted

    • Hi Nevi,you could buy some coconut milk to make it? Or you could make milk out of the fresh coconut – no reason to dry it. You’ll get better milk out of the fresh coconut any way – just grate and soak in warm water for a couple of hours (no need to blend) then strain through a muslin cloth.
      yes, you can use hone and just make sure the probiotics are of good quality. Good luck!

  4. jst to continue wht i accidently sent wthout finishing wht i wanted to say was..i’ve decided to go paleo as am intolerent to dairy n wheat stuff not to forget my goal of wanting to lose weight as well.

  5. Just read your post. I am so excited that you have included Thermomix instructions. Can’t wait to give it a go.

  6. Managed to make my coconut flour and milk however the bread recipe I made it for was woeful (not one of yours).

    • Sorry to hear about the bread, Karen. Coconut flour is pretty tricky to work with since it’s not a really a flour. It sucks up a lot of moisture and has a different texture, so it takes a bit of getting used to – both baking with it and its taste. I usually only ever used it in small amounts mixed in with other flours. Keep experimenting and good luck!

  7. Great post. Quick question:

    Do I have to make the coconut milk with the desiccated Coconut? Could I just whiz it into Coconut flour directly?

    Would it also work with fresh scraped Coconut?

    • Hi Katan, it’s best to make coconut milk from fresh grated/scrapped coconut (a mature brown one, not a fresh green one). I don’t have access to organic ones that easily so I sued desiccated coconut. I don’t think coconut flour would work as the oil has been squeezed out of it. Cheers, Lesh

  8. I made the milk, mainly for the cocnut flour as I can’t be bothered hunting it down (although the milk turned out so good even though I’m not that big on coconut) the flour won’t grind down to a floury consistency even in my coffee grinder which I mill heaps of flours. Do you know why this is and if the flour will still work the same in recipes which call for coconut flour? Thanks

    • Hi Mariam, I found that the desiccated coconut needs to be really dry before you grinding it, and even then it doesn’t quite grind to a fine flour. But I used it anyway, and it was fine. So it should still work for you :)

  9. Thanks for this – I made my own coconut milk and it was perfect and creamy!
    Are you able to share the recipe for those amazing looking muffins at the end of this post?

    • Hi Jules, I’m sorry — I just made them up and didn’t jot down the recipe. From memory, they were good, but not up to my standard ;) I’m not really a fan of using coconut flour much in baking as it’s very drying. What did you use your coocnut flour in?

      • With the left over coconut flour, I made your Vegan Power Balls and your Buckwheat Pancakes – both delicious :)

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  14. Wow this is so delicious I can’t stop drinking it! So easy to make too!

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  19. Thank you so much for these recipes! I referenced them (and provided a link) in my Live Below the Line profile. Thank you so much again. :)

  20. Love making your coconut milk and flour. How long does the coconut flour last for in the pantry in an air tight container? Thanks

    • Hi Danica, if it’s properly dried {no moisture left} it will last for weeks. If it starts showing mould, throw it out.

  21. I love making the coconut milk Lesh. It was simple and tasted great using good quality organic coconut chips to start with. I used the left over pulp to make gluten free anzac cookes and they came out great! Thanks Lesh :)

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