Hello, my name is Tiffany and I am a coconut addict. There I said it! Is there really anything better in this world than being addicted to coconuts? I don’t think so Fortunately they are packed full of all kinds of vitamins, minerals and although they have saturated fat, your body metabolizes it differently than other saturated fats. Eating and drinking coconut really is like being in a win-win situation! If you enjoy it like I do, then you know it can tend to get a little pricey if you drink coconut milk. The store varieties also contain some scary preservatives (do you know what xantham gum is? Look it up….) I have found that the homemade version of coconut milk is much less expensive, lower in sugar and sodium, and tastes AMAZING!!! Think the best Pina Coladas you’ll ever have. Ever. Need I say more?
What you’ll need:
2 cups unsweetened dried shredded coconut
4 cups water
4 tsp tapioca starch
Large (at least 4 cup) heat proof liquid measuring cup
Storage container for milk
Heat water in microwave for 3 min.
Once water is heated, mix tapioca starch with about a half cup water. Mix until starch is dissolved.
In blender or Ninja, add the rest of the warm water, coconut, and dates or sweetener of choice
Blend for 1 min and 30 seconds. Add tapioca starch mixture and blend for another 30 seconds.
Place container in refrigerator and let cool completely (usually 2 to 3 hours or overnight)
Once completely cooled, take out of refridgerator and strain
You can keep coconut puree for another recipe, or discard. Pour filtered milk into storage container using a funnel
Pour in a glass and enjoy. Or go make a Pina Colada
I usually make this in 2 batches at one time, let them cool and filter it all together. Delicious! You won’t go back to store bought after this!