Since moving to Montezuma, Costa Rica in 2005 I have been exposed to a number of new healthy alternatives to cows milk, sugar and processed foods in general. With an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies year round it is very easy to live and eat healthy.
One of the many alternatives to cows milk is coconut milk. I find this to be very savory in coffee and in almost all of my baked goods like plantain bread, pancakes, French toast, cookies ect., ect..
Luckily, coconuts are in abundance at the beach and is very easy to make your own coconut milk from them. First you have to remove the nut from the husk. This can be difficult but with the help of a very sharp machete, that we always have around, things move on a bit quicker. Once you have done that you must remove the coconut water. You can either drink this water or use it to make your coconut milk. Once the water is removed you have to remove the meat or the white stuff that is in the coconut. This is also a bit tricky and tedious but it is done with a lot of care and a sharp little knife. When that is all removed you place the coconut meat inside of a blender with your coconut water or distilled water. Mix and strain through a colander or cheese cloth. Voila, homemade coconut milk!