It's no surprise that I'm thrifty. And anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE all things COCONUT! I always have. But when coconut milk came on the market, I was less than thrilled. First, it never tasted like coconut to me. Second, it was missing a ton of flavor and was FULL of gut damaging fillers (carrageenan and gums? No thank you!). So, I set out on a quest to make my own that tasted like actual coconuts should.
At first I was making coconut milk from cans of coconut milk. Remember this blog post? Well, I never was quite comfortable with that method because I don't like to consume anything from cans. And, while that version was better than the garbage they sell next to the soy milks, it still lacked substance. So, I decided to buy a good old brown fuzzy coconut and go to town. What I found is that I could get coconut water, coconut milk, coconut flour and then coconut flour pastries, all from one single $2 coconut. Holla!
Without further adieu, here's what you'll need (all available via Amazon.com):
|Your tools: Brown coconut, coconut tapping tool, meat separator and nut milk bag.|
|Tap the soft eye.|
|Or save for later.|
|Blessings from the tropics!|
|Separate meat from the shell.|
|Meat and water. Don't worry about the brown fragments. They are edible!|
|Pour the blended mixture into your nut milk bag.|
|Squeeze the bag to get all the yummy milk out.|
|Make sure to rinse the blender container before adding the strained milk back in.|
|I love fresh coconut milk in my morning chaga tea. I top with cinnamon! Yum!|
Now that your milk is finished, it's time to do something with all that pulp.
|Coconut pulp ready for dehydrating into coconut flour.|
|Place in freezer bag and freeze the dehydrated flour.|
You can toast the flour before use to give your baked goods a more "nutty" flavor. Or you can use it as is. I use as is and make so many yummy goodies for me and the kids, like these fantastic gluten free/paleo blueberry muffins. Or my favorite zucchini banana bread. Or even paleo sandwich bread. And for the vegans, remember my 3 ingredient coconut flour cookies?
|I'm loving this zucchini bread with sun butter. Drool.|
|The kids go gaga over these paleo coconut flour blueberry muffins!|
I hope you love the results as much as I do. Cheers!