Easy Semi-Homemade Coconut Milk

Easy Semi-Homemade Coconut Milk

Ever since learning more about additives in non-dairy milk, I’ve said “no thanks” to most commercial non-dairy milks on the market (click here to see why).


I did, however, find a very easy, healthy and cheap solution to avoiding these additives: diluted coconut milk! Coconut milk has a ton of health benefits and is additive-free (if you buy the right brand). Say goodbye to expensive non-dairy milks with ingredients like carrageenan, “natural flavors” and gums.


Easy Semi-Homemade Coconut Milk Chart

If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, buy their brand of light coconut milk (not their coconut cream, which contains xanthan gum). Their light coconut milk can is BPA-free and there are only two ingredients: coconut milk and water. It’s also only $.99. Yes, please.


I dilute Trader Joe’s light coconut milk with 2 cans of water for every can of coconut milk, which yields 42 ounces, about 1/3 of a gallon. Considering I used to buy a 1/2 gallon of almond milk (full of additives) at $3 or more, I consider this a steal. Plus, I know exactly what ingredients I’m consuming.


The 1 can of light coconut milk to 2 cans of water ratio is perfect for me: the milk is still rather thick, much like the consistency of commercial non-dairy milks. I use in all recipes that call for milk, omitting the vanilla if the recipe is savory.


The only other brand of coconut milk I’ve come across that does not use stabilizers or thickeners, is Let’s Do Organic Creamed Coconut.  A commenter has pointed out that Nature Value coconut milk is also stabilizer and BPA-free! I have not yet tried to dilute either of these, so leave a comment below if you have.


Ikea carries bottles with stoppers that are perfect for semi-homemade coconut milk – only $1.99 and fit 42 ounces perfectly.

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Easy Semi-Homemade Coconut Milk
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An easy, cheap and healthy alternative to commercial non-dairy milk. This diluted coconut milk has many health benefits without the additives.
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 5
  • 1 can Trader Joe's light coconut milk
  • 2 cans of filtered water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • sweetener, such as honey, maple syrup, blended dates (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bottle or pitcher.
  2. Refrigerate and enjoy, gently shaking before each use.
  3. Makes about 5 cups.
* I only recommend Trader Joe's light coconut milk because it is free of any additives. Note that Trader Joe's coconut cream contains xanthan gum. For more information about the health benefits of coconut milk, click here. For more information about additives in non-dairy milk, here. here.


(Our Four Forks is not affiliated with Trader Joe’s in any way).


  1. Kelly says

    The Nature Value brand does not have a “light” so it has 72 grams of fat per can. I want to use it in a cupcake recipe that uses boxed coconut milk. How many cans of water do you think I should dilute it with to have the right consistency for the recipe. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Kelly – In my experience, 1 can of full fat milk is about 3 or 4 times thicker (more fat and calories) than 1 can of light coconut milk. With this calculations, I would start with 1 can of full fat plus 6 cans of water. If this seems to creamy, you can always add more water. Hope this helps!

  2. Trish says

    Coconunt milk brand OSC ingredients are “coconut milk water” 165g/5.6z size is what I used and 1 can to 2 cans water. Added 1/8t salt, 1/4t DIY vanilla extract and it tastes awesome compared to the boxed stuff. The OSC bran can be found at Asian stores and many regular grocery stores. I’ve also tried adding a fruit concentrate such as cherry and it is like a dessert, would also make a good ice cream…next project.

    Thanks so much for putting me on this path. BTW most people don’t have a Trader Joe’s to know the size of their coconut milk or if people want to adjust the recipe.

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  7. Kristine says

    Would this taste similar to So Delicious or Silk? As in, can I drink it or use it in cereal? I was giving my daughter Silk but don’t like the gums in it.

    • says

      Hi Kristine! You can absolutely drink it or use it in cereal (it’s what I use). It doesn’t taste exactly like Silk because it doesn’t have the gums, but that’s the trade-off 😉 Definitely add the salt and vanilla to give it some flavor.

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