While prioritizing my health and longevity, I’m also strongly focused on prioritizing reducing waste. One of the easiest ways to do that in the kitchen and save your self some cash is to make your own nut milk.
Milk alternatives on the shelves have seemingly endless combinations. Unfortunately, many store-bought nut and seed milks often contain fillers, preservatives, oils, dyes, sugars, and tiny amounts of actual nuts or seeds.
You can have the freedom to create any combination in your own home while controlling every ingredient. Some possible options include: almond, coconut, flax seed, chia seed, Brazil nut, macadamia nut, walnut, sunflower seed, oat, rice and many more!
If you like a little more sweetness and flavor feel free to toss in your favorite extracts, spices, herbs and sweeteners to taste. No more taking whatever is on the shelf, your creation is 100% catered to your taste. Experiment with all or your favorites in the kitchen, maybe you’ll try a Brazil and macadamia nut horchata, mint coconut milk hot chocolate, or the classic unsweetened almond vanilla. It’s your kitchen and they’re your rules to make or break.
Once you’ve made the nut milk, use it anywhere you would use milk! You can even make your own non-dairy nut milk yogurt at home.
Even if the kitchen seems like a foreign land to you, this recipe could not be more quick and simple.
If you want to get the most out of this recipe, be sure to soak your nut or seed as needed. Soaking helps break down digestive inhibitors and allows the nut or seed to blend up smoothly.
- 1 cup nut or seed of choice, more or less for desired consistency
- 3 cups of water
- Optional: sweetener (dates, maple syrup, monk fruit extract, stevia)
- Optional: flavor (cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, vanilla, cocoa, mint leaves
- high-speed blender, blender, or food processor
- nut milk bag – these are so cheap and last for years!
- Soak your nut or seed as needed.
- Rinse and place nuts or seeds in your blending equipment with the water.
- Optional: add dates, salt, or vanilla for flavor.
- Blend on high for 3-5 minutes until everything is broken down.
- Put your nut milk in your nut milk bag and strain. You can also use a fine mesh strainer but you will get more out of the nut milk bag.
- Optional: mix in any additional flavor you’d like.
With the leftover pulp, you can make crackers, nut flour, sprinkle it in oatmeal, or feed it to compost worms.
Do you make nut milk? Tell me more in the comments below.
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