How to Make Homemade Coconut Mylk

The process for making homemade coconut mylk is super simple.

by Stephanie Thurow
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Do you want to learn to make your own nut mylks (plant-based milk alternatives such as oat, almond, soy, rice), such as homemade coconut mylk? Whether you are living a vegan lifestyle or perhaps just a bit vegan-curious, you’ll want to grab a copy of the newly released, The Vegan Dairy Cookbook: Make Your Own Plant-Based Mylks, Cheezes, and Kitchen Staples, by Marleen Visser.

This cookbook is chock full of vegan dairy alternative recipes that you can easily make from home. Visser’s recipes are simple to follow and also creative and delicious. Her book includes recipes for various nut mylks, butters, yogurts, cream cheezes, desserts and more.

I don’t live in vegan household. However, over the years, family members of my family have gone vegan due to health issues and dietary restrictions. We do occasionally opt for vegan alternatives to get around many of the food allergies we have within our extended family.

One recipe in the cookbook that stood out was for coconut mylk. We normally buy it canned, and it never occurred to me to make my own homemade coconut mylk before, so I was excited to give it a try.

Homemade Coconut Mylk

Yield: 2¾ cups

Coconut Mylk Ingredients

  • 7/8 cups (100 grams/3.53 ounces) unsalted coconut flakes or grated coconut
  • 3¼ (750 mL/25.36 ounces) water
  • pinch of ground sea salt
  • optional flavorings: maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, dates


Combine the coconut with water and salt in a food processor and blend until smooth.

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Place a piece of cheesecloth in a strainer over a bowl, and strain the mixture through the cheesecloth. Squeeze out any excess moisture. Taste the mylk, and strain again as needed.

Add any desired flavorings at this point, such as maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and/or dates.

Pour the mylk into sterilized bottles, and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 4 days.


If you want to put the leftover pulp to use, consider mixing it with yogurt, oats, nuts and fruit for a delicious no-waste breakfast.

With The Vegan Dairy Cookbook, learn how to make all kinds of vegan dairy products at home that taste just as good as the real thing (if not better)! This helpful guide includes 50 homemade vegan dairy recipes.

Learn to make more nut milks with our Hobby Farms guide.

This recipe has been shared with permission of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.