This morning I was craving something comforting, nourishing and a little indulgent. I did not sleep very well at all last night and felt super groggy upon waking. June Gloom has definitely set in with almost constant heavy rain and a very damp, moody atmosphere. No beautiful sunshine pouring through my bedroom windows to wake me up.
I have this unbearable feeling of being in limbo right now with the state our country is in. The way things will unfold and play out don’t look certain and it’s incredibly daunting. Those who run our country should be filled with compassion for the people and be burning with the determination to do the best they can for them. Whilst there have been some steps forward in last night’s election I still feel a lot of unease.
Hence the need for something comforting. I needed to spend my first few moments of the day gathering my thoughts and trying to relax. I didn’t have any plant milk on hand and didn’t necessarily have the patience for making the usual almond milk. So I went down a different route.
This quick little kitchen trick worked well! I’ve also had success making super quick nut butter milk but coconut was what I felt like my body was needing. The recipe is also really easily customisable depending on whatever you’re craving flavour wise.
DIY Coconut Milk
1 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla
(optional – 1 tbsp coconut butter, makes and even creamier, luscious milk)
Blend everything until it’s smooth, creamy and getting frothy on top. Strain and serve or store for a couple of days in the fridge.
*Because I am all about cutting down waste; save the pulp that you have strained, pop it into ice cube molds and add a couple to your smoothies for some coconut creaminess.
*Other optional add ins you could go for could be; cacao, maca, tocos, ashwagandha, a date, cardamom, turmeric… get creative!
For a salted caramel flavour try taking out the cinnamon and adding a date and a tsp of maca.
For a spiced coconut milk perfect for making hot chocolate try adding some cardamom and cacao.
For a soothing golden milk add some ginger, turmeric, black pepper, omit the vanilla and add a little raw local honey.
I would definitely recommend heating up your coconut milk and having any of these options warm for an even more soothing, indulgent drink.