August 8, 2019

Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk

Slightly sweet with notes of vanilla, this Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk can be used in place of dairy or non-dairy milk in any recipe. Delicious in baked goods, coffee, or by itself!

A couple weeks ago I posted this Easy Homemade Coconut Milk recipe. I love it because it's so simple. All you have to do is mix canned coconut milk with water. It makes a delicious non-dairy milk option. When I have more time though, I've enjoyed making this Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk.

Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk

Why add vanilla and sea salt?

By adding vanilla and sea salt we get a depth of flavor that canned coconut milk just can't offer. When I was drinking store-bought non-dairy milk, I loved the 'unsweetened vanilla' versions. They have that delicious vanilla flavor but they don't have any added sugar.

Sadly, as I've learned recently, there's something in store-bought milks that I can't tolerate. That doesn't mean that I'm going to give up my 'unsweetened vanilla' favorites! I'll just make my own. And you can too!

Y'all know by now that I won't be adding any sugar to any of my recipes. So to get the 'unsweetened vanilla' flavor, I used vanilla extract.

As for the sea-salt, you could probably make this recipe without it, but you'll be missing a key flavor. The salt brings out the sweetness of the coconut.

When was the last time you ate plain coconut? If you haven't recently, grab  yourself a pinch. You'll notice it's pretty sweet. BUT when you blend it up to make coconut milk, you lose a bit of that sweetness. Don't worry though, the sea salt helps bring back that flavor.

The only other thing you need to make this Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk is water. (And a blender.)

Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk

How to make Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk

Step 1. Add some coconut flakes, vanilla extract, sea salt, and water to the blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds or so. You'll be left with a bunch of coconut pieces, called coconut pulp.

Step 2. Use a strainer to separate the liquid milk from the coconut pulp. Depending on the size of the holes in your strainer, you may need to pour the milk through a couple times. I used a tea filter which has really tiny holes.

Step 3. Place the liquid milk in a jar and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk

What do I do with the pulp?

Don't get rid of the coconut pulp! There are plenty of great things you can do with coconut pulp and unless you're planning to compost the pulp, it's pretty wasteful to just throw all that away. Save the environment people!!

Check out these delicious Coconut Pulp Granola Bars!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for innovation and creativity. Let us use our intellect to cook foods that nourish our bodies. Amen.

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Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk

Slightly sweet with notes of vanilla, this Vanilla Sea Salt Coconut Milk can be used in place of dairy or non-dairy milk in any recipe. Delicious in baked goods, coffee, or by itself!















  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 4 Cups Water


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend on the highest setting for 20-30 seconds. Strain using a strainer or tea filter. Store in the fridge. Enjoy!

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography