Homemade Full-Fat Coconut Milk

I made a few homemade paleo staples this morning and this full-fat coconut milk was one of them.  I know there are lots of recipes out there for versions of homemade coconut milk but I really wanted one that will end up being full-fat…mostly because it’s extra delicious but also extra nutritious!


I wanted to make a homemade coconut milk because we go through quite a bit of it and it really ends up being pretty expensive when I buy the brands that don’t have wonky additives or BPA in the can lining.  This recipe costs me about a quarter a batch and I can be completely confident that there is nothing in here but pure coconutty goodness!


  • 3/4-1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes (amount depends on how “fatty” you want it)
  • 1 cup very hot water

PS: don’t you just love recipes with 2 ingredients??

Other things you’ll need:

  • cheesecloth
  • jar for storage
  • container with spout (optional)


1. Place your shredded coconut in a blender along with the just boiled water and blend on high for a good 3-5 minutes.  In the end, it’ll look like this.


2.  Place your cheesecloth over the container with spout (or just in your storage jar) like this:

coconut milk making

3. Pour in the coconut mixture in the cheesecloth and let drain.  Then squeeze the cheesecloth to get out all the extra fatty deliciousness.


4.  Final result will look like this:



Refrigerate to preserve and use within a few days.


29 replies

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  2. Thanks a lot for the recipe, will def try it out these days 🙂 hope this will taste better than canned coconut milk, I don’t know why, I really love the taste of coconut, but canned coconut milk tasts for my like crap. Have a nice day! xx Kathi

  3. This was really good! I let the used coconut dry and it’s usable as coconut flour in recipes.
    It’s still delicious enough to drink if you remove the cream from the milk.

  4. hi,i want to make full fat coconut milk with fresh grated coconut,is ti same as dried one?1 to 1 ratio?i want to make coconut milk ice cream or condensed milk so i will use probably the coconut cream of milk…so how do i make this to use instead of canned full fat coconut milk?i tasted fresh coconut milk and i loooved it.thanks…

    • I’ve never tried that so I’m honestly not totally sure! I assume it’s the same process and that it will separate so that you can use the fatty layer…if you try it, please stop back and let me know! I’m curious now!

    • Hm, I suppose you could try doubling it and seeing how that went. I can’t imagine that too much more would work without wasting some of the coconut. I haven’t tried myself though! So please report back on how it goes 🙂

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