Here in Europe there is only one brand of coconut milk beverage available at my supermarket and it’s super expensive. I’m not talking about coconut water or traditional thick coconut milk used for cooking, but about the dairy-free alternative for regular milk, i.e. drinkable coconut milk. This product (on the right) is simply a rip-off: more than 5 euro per liter. Making your own coconut milk beverage costs around 1 euro per liter (according to my estimation).
Ingredients for one big class:
– 2 cups water
– 1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened, dried coconut
– 1-2 tbsp honey (optional)
1. Put 2 cups of boiling water on the shredded coconut. (Some of the recipes I read on the Internet said to use boiling water, some said to use hot but not boiling water. I think boiling water works fine to really “push out” all the good stuff out of the shredded coconut into the beverage.)
2. Add honey and let it cool. Soak for 1-2 hours.
3. Blend everything for about a minute. If you don’t have a high quality blender, there’ll still be solid coconut shreds floating in the mix but that’s okay.
4. Use a strainer to press out all the liquid you can. The remaining coconut shreds can be saved for adding texture to baked treats.
Use immediately or store in the fridge. (If you store in the fridge, you will end up with a bit of oil at the top of your milk after you’ve refrigerated it for a while).
It can be used in smoothies or just to drink. It’s creamy yet light and you know exactly what’s in it :)
About the nutrition facts for one big glass: it’s a bit difficult to tell since I don’t know exactly how much fat and carbs stayed in the left-over coconut shreds. 1/4 cup of shredded coconut is 71 calories, 6.7 g of fat, 3.05 g of carbs, 1.25 g of sugar, 0.67 g of protein. So I’m guessing that the nutrition facts of one glass are below or around the same as 1/4 cup shredded coconut + some grams of additional sugars with the addition of honey in the recipe. Not a low calorie milk but cheap & healthy!