For the past few months, I have been making my own coconut milk. I use it in everything from Simple Curries to lattes. Homemade Coconut milk is even built into my Paleo “oatmeal recipe”. After you have made your own and see how easy it is, you will probably never buy coconut milk in the carton again.
If you are like me, you like to know you are getting a good value. Food is expensive enough. Store bought coconut milk is a total rip off. It is mostly water! Need more convincing? Well here is a table comparing the price per cup for common brands to homemade.
Store bought coconut milk contains gums. Gums act as an emulsifier to keep the coconut and water from separating. They also give the “milk” a thicker, creamier texture. While some are better than others, all gums have the potential to irritate your gut. Some people are more sensitive to this than others. Chris Kresser did a really great break down of gums if you would like more information.
Take a look at these ingredients and tell me which you rather consume.
Collagen (is great for you! It contains amino acids that most people are deficient in and helps heal your gut, the opposite of what gums do. Collagen is good for joint health and helps you sleep better. Since I have started consuming more collagen I have noticed my skin has gotten way softer. I could go on and on about collagen but in case you don’t really care I won’t, but if you would like to learn more check out this link to a Dr. Axe article.
Making your own coconut milk is easier than you think
*To make a richer coconut milk, more like you would find in a can, add ½ cup coconut butter instead of just 2 tablespoons.
The original recipe first appeared in a post I did for Open Sky Fitness
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