Here’s how to make Homemade Light Coconut Milk using a blender and a nut milk bag. This easy recipe is dairy-free and vegan. 

jar with coconut milk

Recipe Highlights

If you love using coconut milk in your cooking, then you’re going to want to check out this super easy recipe for making homemade coconut milk. This recipe replaces the Lite Coconut Milk that you find at the store. It can also be used as a coconut beverage that you can use as a coffee creamer or to top cereal or granola. 

This recipe is:

  • vegan,
  • dairy-free,
  • paleo,
  • keto,
  • and free from gums, preservatives, or fillers.

Recipe Steps

You’ll never buy canned coconut milk again after learning how easy it is to make at home!

Step One

To start, you’ll just need to measure out 1 1/2 cups of dried, unsweetened shredded coconut. You’ll also need 4 cups of warm, filtered water and a nut milk bag (to save money, I use a clean nylon paint strainer bag). 

ingredients needed to make homemade coconut milk

Step Two

Next, pour the coconut and the water in the pitcher of a high-speed blender like a Blendtec or a Vitamix.

coconut and water in a vitamix blender

Step Three

Blend the coconut and the water for just about 20-30 seconds, or until the milk is creamy.

blended coconut and water

Step Four

After you’ve blended the coconut with the water, it’s time to strain the milk. The easiest way to do this is to place your nut milk bag over a pitcher. Then, carefully squeeze the bag from the top down.

You can then discard the coconut pulp that is leftover, or you can use it to add extra fiber to smoothies or baked goods. 

nut milk bag strainer for coconut milk

Your homemade light coconut milk will stay fresh in the fridge for at least 5 days, but mine has been getting all used up much faster than that.


How do you use light coconut milk?

You can use it to add a tropical flavor to soups, stews, or curries. You can also use light coconut milk in your coffee as a creamer. 

What does coconut milk taste like?

It is rich and creamy, with a light tropical flavor.

top of coconut milk in jar

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Homemade Light Coconut Milk

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Here’s how to make Homemade Light Coconut Milk using a blender and a nut milk bag. This easy recipe is dairy-free and vegan. 


  • 1 ½ cups dried, unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 cups warm filtered water


  1. Combine the coconut and warm water in a high-speed blender. Process for 20-30 seconds or ingredients are well combined.
  2. Pour the coconut mixed with the water through a nut milk bag into a large bowl. Squeeze the milk through the bag. Discard or save the pulp for another usage.
  3. Pour the milk into a glass container to be stored in the refrigerator (up to 5 days) or use it immediately in recipes calling for non-dairy milk.


  1. If your coconut milk separates in the refrigerator, just shake it up before using it.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: homemade coconut beverage, lite coconut milk, coconut milk recipe


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