Many of you have asked how to make a healthy nut milk – wonderful!
Today we’re going to go over this simple practice in details with recipes and step-by-step pictures.
Since you’re one of my readers (or landed on this page), you likely know that you can really live without the nasty side effects of dairy, right?
But, do you also know that the pre-packaged nut milks can contain unsafe preservatives, as well as loads of sugar and other questionable ingredients that may or may not irritable the lining of our colon? (i.e. stay away from Carrageenans).
The best milk to consume for your body is freshly-made almond, hemp or brazil nut milk.
However, making a fresh batch can require planning if you are really busy (and who isn’t?).
So, today I share my recipes for traditional nut milk made with a strainer, as well as a super-quick but still extremely healthy 1-minute, strainer free nut milk.
Brazil Coconut Nut Milk
Yields 3 cups milk
Brazil nuts are my favourite due to the delectable taste. It’s also really convenient that they don’t need to be soaked, since they do not have any enzyme-inhibitors.
1 cup brazil nuts, unsoaked
2-3 large dates or ½ tsp Sweet Leaf stevia (to go sugar free)
½ Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut butter (optional)
3 cups water (or more or less depending on how rich you like your milk – experiment to find your preference)
Chocolate Almond Nut Milk
Yields 3 cups milk
1 cup almonds, soaked overnight to release enzyme inhibitor
3 cups water
3 Medjool dates* (optional) or ½ tsp Sweet Leaf stevia (to go sugar free)
2 Tbsp cocoa (carob is a great alternative without caffeine)
½ tsp vanilla extract (preferably alcohol free)
See my pictorial below for directions on how to make.
1-Minute Almond Milk
Yields 2 cups
3 heaping Tbsp of nut or seed butter of choice (raw almond butter is my fav but try cashew walnut, tahini)
2 cups water
2 medjool dates or ¼ tsp Sweet Leaf stevia (to go sugar-free)
½ tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a blender and skip the straining part! Keeps for about 3-4 days as well. Store in a sealed glass container in the fridge.
Fresh Strainer Method Pictorial (How To):
1. Soak your nuts overnight (exception: Brazil nuts don’t need soaking)
2. Assemble all ingredients in blender (sweetener, vanilla, water, coconut butter, etc.)
3. Blend and blend some more (until you’re got a thick, well-blended mixture).
4. Place the nut milk bag in a wide bowl (preferably with a spout to pour) to capture the nut milk as you strain.
5. Strain and strain using both hands (yes this might feel like you’re milking an imaginary cow).
6. Enjoy and store the rest in a glass container with a lid (a mason jar works great). This delicious nut milk stays good for up to 4 days.
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