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How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour

|How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour

Making fresh coconut milk and coconut flour at home has never been easier. If you love coconut milk but don't have access to store-bought products, this tutorial will show you how you can make it yourself in just a few easy steps. Apart from coconut milk, you can use the leftover pulp for making coconut flour.

Here is what what you should be aware of when buying coconut milk:

  • Some products contain BPAs - avoid them if you can and opt for BPA-free products.
  • There are two types of coconut milk. Some products such as Aroy-D remain liquid while others "cream" when refrigerated. Aroy-D doesn't thicken and is not suitable for recipes that call for "creamed" coconut milk.
  • Most canned products contain guar gum or other thickeners. It helps the coconut milk "cream" but may also give it an aftertaste that is unpleasant for some people. Aroy-D doesn't contain any thickeners.

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Nutritional values (per ½ cup coconut milk):

3.2 grams 0 grams 2.3 grams 24.1 grams 21.4 grams 222 calories
Total Carbs3.2grams
Net Carbs3.2grams
of which Saturated21.4grams
Magnesium52mg (14%)
Potassium248mg (7%)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (5%), protein (4%), fat (91%)

Ingredients (makes ~ 5 cups):

Optional Flavouring (use either):

Note: Nutrition facts are for regular liquid coconut milk such as Aroy-D, not "creamed" coconut milk / coconut cream.


  1. Place the shredded coconut in a blender (I use this Kenwood mixer with a blender attachment). Pour in 5 cups of hot water. |How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour
  2. Blend the mixture on high for 5 minutes or until the coconut is fine and the mixture creamy. |How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour
  3. Pour it in a nut milk bag or through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth. Strain the mixture through the nut milk bag. I let mine hang over a bowl for several minutes until it cooled down. |How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour
  4. Using your hands, squeeze out as much coconut milk as possible (be careful, the mixture can still be hot inside). When done, optionally add any flavouring and pour in a container or a bottle. Refrigerate and use within 3 days. If you want to store it for longer, freeze in batches. You can use small freezer bags or containers. |How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour
  5. Don't waste the coconut pulp and use it in recipes just like coconut flour. It's not as fine as store-bough coconut flour but has similar properties and nutrition facts. Before you store it, you will have to dehydrate it. Preheat the oven to 70-80 C / 160-175 F. Spread the pulp over a large baking tray and place in the oven. Dehydrate for 4-6 hours or until dry. Mix a few times during the dehydration process. |How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour
  6. Once it's dry (not browned), place it in a food processor and pulse until powdered (I use this Kenwood mixer with a food processor attachment). Don't worry, unlike shredded coconut that contains a lot of fat, the pulp will not turn into coconut butter as you blend it. |How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour


Homemade coconut milk will separate as it sits after a few minutes and that's perfectly normal. Simply shake every time before use. When refrigerated, a thin layer of coconut oil may appear on top. It will melt once you bring it to room temperature. |How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour

Using fresh coconuts? Instead of shredded coconut, you can use fresh coconut meat that has been peeled. Here is a guide that explains how to do it. |How To Make Coconut Milk and Coconut Flour

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Comments (4)

If we don't make our own coconut milk what brand of coconut flour would you recommend? Thanks in advance, love your recipes!


Thank you! For me that's Aroy-D. I love the taste and quality (just coconut and water, nothing else). The only side effect of no guar gum is that you won't be able to "cream" it as well as regular canned coconut milk. However, Aroy-D also have coconut cream for that purpose. I live in the UK and get coconut flour from Amazon (Pink Sun). You can see more of my recommended foods here (US):


Hello Martina! It looks so delicious in the glass and my mouth watered while reading your blog. Finally I decide that I am going to try this today. Thanks for a great recipe. I’ll be sure to add this to the rotation. Your dishes are always so beautifully prepared, and this one recipe sounds delicious!


Thank you Benjamin, I hope it goes well!


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