How to make Coconut Milk and Coconut Chips - PART 3/3
Many people confuse coconut water with coconut milk. Coconut milk is water combined and blended with the coconut meat. Coconut milk is higher in healthy fats, protein, fiber, and calories but it’s also like a meal as opposed to a drink.
With a young coconut it’s very simple, just pour out the coconut water into a blender and with a spoon, dig out all the meat, put it in a blender and here you have it. It is a great sweet drink on it’s own that’s very healthy and you can add a teaspoon of raw cacao to it, or fruit like strawberries or blue berries, blend them up as well. By itself it has a think consistency such as skim milk.
For a more typical coconut milk you can open a mature coconut as I show you in part 2, heat it up for 15 minutes, which separates the meat from the shell and then chop it up into small pieces and put this in a food processor or blender with about 2 cups of pure water until this is finely graded.
Then you put this in a nut milk bag, I like to use hemp or cotton ones which unlike nylon, which is terrible for us and the environment.
You can get those bags here:
This one is better than any coconut milk you’ll find in stores and I highly recommend this for cereal, curries, coffee and anything you would use dairy for and I make kefir with it so you can see my video on that.
And the left over meat is great for smoothies, homemade ice cream, yogurt, and salads or to just snack on since it’s very healthy.
A cup of coconut water is about 45 calories and a cup of coconut milk is more than 10 times that (552) because it’s more like a meal
The reason these have become so popular is because there are so many benefits. It’s been shown to help with
Weight loss, reducing cellulite, and to stop premature aging Lowered blood pressure & cholesterol Boosted energy & athletic performance Relax muscle tension Its great to put on your skin either topically and good for your skin when you drink it. Helps with acid reflux Helps with a hangover by replacing electrolytes and good for headaches Anti-inflammatory and reduces plaque formation in arteries to lower heart attach and strokes.
And since it’s very low allergic I highly recommend it.
If you do buy this in stores look for cans that are BPA free.
BPA is found in some aluminum cans and has the potential to cause many health problems.
Because of additives, BPA in the can, and pasteurization, this is the only brand of coconut milk I like:
And this is the only coconut water:
Now to make coconut chips all you do is take the meat from the mature coconut and put them through a typical cheese grader to make small pieces out of them.
- 1 Cup shredded or graded raw coconut
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon of pink salt
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit stirring them up every 5 minutes.