Coconut milk boast many health benefits for your skin, brain, and metabolism. Coconut milk contains lauric acid which has antiviral and anti bacterial properties supporting the body's immune system. For your skin, it is full of antioxidants and vitamins. Also the fat in coconut milk is composed of medium chain fatty acids which the body prefers to breakdown for energy instead of storing it as body fat. As the body burns this energy it simultaneously boosts its metabolism. These fats are also essential in maintaining healthy nerves.
Making coconut milk at home is super easy. I began making it at home because guar gum found in most commercial coconut milk, including organic varieties, makes me sick in my stomach.
Recipe for Coconut Milk
Unsweetened coconut flakes 7oz.
Boiled water cooled slightly
Put half the coconut flakes in a Vitamix or other similar blender. Add 5-6 cups of very hot, not boiling, water. Process as a hot soup in the blender being sure to hold down the top. I usually use a kitchen mitt to protect my hand from the heat.
Once finished strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the coconut. You can repeat the process with the rest of the coconut flakes.
The coconut milk can then be stored in the refrigerator for four days. The fat will separate. It can be reincorporated with vigorous shaking.