sooo I have never been completely "lactose intolerant". honestly, my milk alternative preference began as a trend when I was in my early twenties. i would add soy milk to my life cereal trying to be cool, eating craft mac n cheese an hour later.
about a year goes by and I learn soy isn't the best for balancing hormones, so I kicked soy to the curb moving on to almond milk for a very long time.
fast forward... I now live with my boyfriend who has a nut allergy. long story short I couldn't drink an entire jug of califia myself, so together we shared boxes of hemp or coconut milk.
now we live in portland oregon and I began having major stomach problemas (a foodies worst nightmare). So I gave up dairy temporarily, ice cream and all... dun dun dunnnnn!
i want to be better about what I am putting in my body and get my gut back in action (fingers crossed by thanksgiving hah).
i already read labels and try eating clean but these days i'm a little bit of a (coco)nut ball about it. GET IT!? heehee
so I decided to skip the boxed alternative milks loaded with thickening agents and substances I couldn't even pronounce and make some milk at home!
i plan on exploring hemp and oat milk next but because I love anything that reminds me of hawaii...COCONUT milk it is.
diy coconut milk
yields 2 cups/ 1 pint jar
2 cups warm water (heat up on the stove, not scalding)
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (i purchase mine at whole foods for about $3.50)
pinch of sea salt
1/8 tsp vanilla OR 1/4 a vanilla bean
-blend coconut and water together for two minutes
-strain with a nut milk bag (I used the organic cotton nut milk bag by eco peaceful)
-add salt & vanilla (optional, still delicious without)
-let cool and store in the fridge for up to 3 days
this milk doesn't have a very long shelf life that is why I make such a small batch but if you plan on using it up super fast I recommend doubling up. ps dance & shake it up before you drink it, this milk tends to separate.
boil 1/2 cup of milk and blend with your morning coffee and two scoops of collagen for about 1 minute for a frothy latte. soooo good I promise!
eat (drink) your heart out!