A couple of weekends ago I had the most fun you could possibly have with 2 cups of desiccated coconut (other than turning it into coconut butter).
First I made milk with it.
Then I dried the left over pulp and whizzed it into flour. (Thanks Jo for the tip!)
Next, I made some choc paleo muffins using the coconut flour.
And, finally, I turned the coconut milk into yoghurt. Yep, yoghurt. (I’ll post the recipe next week.)
To say the least, I saved myself some money, didn’t waste anything, and had a lot of fun!
I started making coconut milk using desiccated coconut earlier this year. Mainly to reduce tinned foods because of the BPA.
You will need:
- 2 cups pure desiccated coconut (make sure it has not additives or other ingredients)
- 4 cups of freshly boiled filtered water
- a good blender.
Pour the desiccated coconut and hot water into your blender (if your blender has a plastic jug do this step in a stainless steel or glass bowl).
Let it sit for at least 2 hours, allowing the coconut to soften and the water to cool.
Then whizz in blender on high speed for 30–60 seconds (Thermomix: speed 9 for 30 seconds).
Strain milk into a wide mouth jug, using a nut milk bag or a few layers of muslin cloth. (Do not throw out the pulp. See below.)
Use the milk in curries, smoothies, porridges, soups – or make yoghurt!
The milk should keep for 3–4 days in the fridge. I tend to freeze it in portions to use in my curries.
A note about homemade coconut milk: because there are no emulsifiers or thickening agents – such as gums, carrageenan – homemade coconut milk is generally thinner than your canned variety and will separate on standing (the coconut milk fat will float on top). Just give it a good shake before you use.
After straining the milk, spread the coconut pulp on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Dry in the oven (~ 120C) for 45–60 minutes, making sure all the moisture has evaporated.
Then pour dried pulp into a high-powered blender — such as a Thermomix, Vitamix or BlendTech — and whizz on high speed for 30–60 seconds until you have coconut flour.
Store in an airtight jar and used for baking.
I used some of the four to make these babies:
Remember to tune in next week for some coconut yoghurt.