DIY Coconut Milk


Making your own coconut milk is super easy! At first I was daunted by the idea of making coconut milk - it seemed like I was taking the whole "making food from scratch" thing a bit to far. But now I can't imagine buying coconut milk in a store because it's honestly super simple to make, inexpensive and doesn't involve lots of preparation time. I often whip up a batch before making  coconut-based curry. 

All you need is two ingredients (desiccated coconut and water) and a couple of household kitchen items. Best of all you can make some coconut body scrub with the leftover coconut pulp - this stuff leaves your skin exfoliated, moisturised and silky smooth!


  • 1.5 cups desiccated coconut
  • 4 cups of filtered water


  • Food processor, blender or thermomix
  • Fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, nut milk bag or clean tea towel
  • Large bowl


  1. Heat water until almost boiling.
  2. Place coconut in the bowl and pour in hot water.
  3. Leave the coconut to absorb the water (about 3 minutes)
  4. Blend the coconut and water for 5 minutes or so until the liquid appears creamy. You may need to do this in two batches  depending on the volume capacity of your blender. 
  5. Strain through fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
  6. Keeps refrigerated for 3-4 days. Simply stir to recombine if the water and fat separate. 

Makes 1L.