Quick Homemade Coconut Milk

By Sally Cameron on January 22, 2014

basics and how-to, beverages, breakfast, Smoothies, the daniel plan,


Homemade coconut milk is a delightful option for a morning breakfast smoothie.  How to avoid unhealthy additives? Make your own, in just a few seconds! It’s nice in oatmeal and for many others uses too.

Coconut Milk for Smoothies

Answering emails from readers this week about milk options for smoothies, I recommended they try coconut milk. Unfortunately both boxed milks and refrigerated milks contain unhealthy additives and preservatives. One unhealthy “natural” ingredient is carrageenan.

About Carrageenan

Carrageenan is a common additive you want to eliminate in your quest for a healthy diet. It has no nutritional value. Manufacturers use carrageenan as a stabilizer, thickener and to add texture to products, giving them a better “mouth-feel”.

While carrageenan is natural because it is extracted from seaweed, it causes many people digestive upset. It has been linked to inflammation and studies have concluded it to be harmful to human health.  It is a controversial ingredient, one which I prefer to avoid, but you choose what is best for you adn your family.  You can read more about it following links below and make your own decision.

Homemade Coconut Milk in Seconds

For a quick coconut milk without soaking, blending or straining, use organic, canned coconut milk. Start with a 50-50 ratio, water to coconut milk. If that is too rich for you, add more water.

Whisk or stir and use for your smoothie. So simple. And organic canned coconut milk is one of those always-available staples that can be kept in your pantry.

Last Note – Guar Gum or No Gums

You will find another natural additive in canned coconut milk – guar gum. Guar gum is made from the guar bean and it used for the same reason as carrageenan, as a thickener and binder.

If you have a sensitive digestive tract, guar gum may cause you upset. Only you will know. It is considered safe in small amounts and is one natural additive I have no problem with consuming in small amounts. For more info, see the link below.

For a brand made without any additives at all, look for Natural Value. You can buy it online at  Thrivemarket.com for a great price and save money if you can’t find it locally. It’s on Amazon too for a little more.

Print Recipe

Quick Homemade Coconut Milk

For quick and creamy coconut milk for smoothies (and other uses), dilute organic canned coconut milk with water. Simply mix, cover and refrigerate. Use within 3-4 days.


  • 1 can organic coconut milk 1 13.5-ounce/300 ml
  • 1 “can” filtered water 13.5-ounce/300 ml


  1. Pour canned coconut milk into a tall container or large mixing cup, fill can with filtered water and mix into coconut milk. Stir well. Taster for your preference and add more water if desired.


Leave a Comment
Shut Up & Cook | 01/23/2014 at 1:29 am

So simple, but must admit I’ve never thought to do this. Thanks for the tip!!

    Sally | 01/23/2014 at 8:03 am

    No kidding, me either until just this week! That’s why I wanted to share!

Cindy | 01/23/2014 at 3:03 am

This is great! Thank you for a simple way to have this awesome drink on hand! Is there a similar alternative to almond milk as well? Ps, your roasted cauliflower recipe was awesome!

    Sally | 01/23/2014 at 8:05 am

    Hi Cindy. Homemade almond milk is also really easy but does take an overnight soak. Recipe under beverages or breakfast. And read the post, about buying truly raw almonds. I order mine off the web or buy at the farmers market.

Hari Chandana | 02/05/2014 at 7:40 pm

What a beautiful capture!!

AmC | 04/03/2017 at 6:43 pm

How do you determine the calorie content if doing 50/50 (coconut milk/water)?

    Sally Cameron | 04/03/2017 at 9:27 pm

    It’s easy to figure out. Read the canned label and when you add water,for example 2:1, its double the volume for the fat, calories, etc. There are also nutrition calculators on the internet you can use for many recipes, as an extra note.

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