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How to Make Coconut Milk – a Dairy-free Alternative

I’m gonna make a guess that you know at least one person who is allergic to some form of dairy. I’m going to go a step further and guess that at least one person in your family is allergic to some form of dairy. These days, it is no surprise to run into someone who is experiencing unpleasant symptoms of dairy-induced allergies. Many are looking for alternatives, and today I’m letting you in on a little secret: how to make coconut milk. This coconut milk is easy, nourishing, and delicious!

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How to Make Coconut Milk

  • 1  13.5oz can whole coconut milk (I usually buy in bulk from either Vitacost or Amazon.)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup (this one is delish!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (see my recipe here)
  • 1 teaspoon dolomite powder

Mix all ingredients in a glass pitcher. The unused portion should stay fresh, covered, for up to four days in the refrigerator. Some separation may occur, gently stir with a wooden spoon.

In our house, I usually make coconut milk once a week (or whenever we run out of raw cow’s milk 🙂 ). So I don’t add the dolomite powder. If this coconut milk was a daily staple in our home, I would add it since it is a great source of both calcium and magnesium.

This recipe was derived from the WAPF version. I choose to reduce the amount of maple syrup quite substantially because a little really goes a long way – especially in naturally sweet coconut milk! This will reduce the quantity of calories some (if you’re attempting to find something comparable to those found in dairy). But I feel the trade-off is a sensible one. And my kiddos don’t complain at all!

Please note: This, or any other recipe for a coconut milk “tonic,” should not be used in place of raw goat’s milk in this raw goat’s milk baby formula. Coconut milk is still missing many nutrients found in both raw cow’s milk and raw goat’s milk. It should be used in a diet that is made up of real foods and not dependent on this milk alone (as with a very young baby).

Why Raw Dairy?

If you’re curious about the use of raw dairy and its benefits, check out these links:

And if you are looking for an alternative for your baby’s commercial formula, I’d encourage you to see this mother of twins’ success with a Goat’s Milk Formula:

Does your family have any dairy allergies?


  1. If you can’t get raw dairy, add some Immune Tree Colostrum (or the Surthrival brand which is the exact same product just relabeled). Then you will have all the nutrients necessary for a healthy life!

  2. Thanks for this simple recipe, Jennifer. We usually get pre-mixed coconut milk (1/2 gallon size) at the store; I’d like to try this out 🙂

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