Make Your Own NUt milk
The 10 minute method for easy, homemade & all-natural nut milks.
Why go to the store and spend money on nut milks that are full of unnecessary additives and aren’t freshly made (or nearly as delicious) when you can make your own right at home in only 10 minutes?! Nut milks are a great alternative to animal milk & have become a breakfast staple for me. I add them to my granola, oatmeal & smoothies (I don’t often make chia pudding but they are great for that too). I started experimenting with making my own nut milks a few years ago, and have since found 3 “recipes” I love and alternate between, all of which are made almost exactly the same. Here is my 10 minute nut milk method (and I swear it really only takes 10 minutes)!
1. Your choice of “nut”: my 3 favs are cashews (raw, blanched), hemp seeds & coconuts (shredded). Cashews will make creamy & sweet milk. Hemp seeds will make super nutty & less sweet milk. Shredded coconut will made slightly sweet and very “coconutty” milk. If you want to use a harder nut (almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc.), you’ll need to soak them in a couple cups of water overnight to soften them before going through the rest of the process. I tend to forget to do that, so I stick to the 3 I just mentioned, although I do love almond milk as well. Always make sure to use raw nuts/seeds regardless of which you use.
2. Water. Ideally filtered for better taste.
3. *Optional* A pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg, a squirt of lemon, a vanilla bean or a couple of drops of vanilla extract, a couple of dates, and/or a pinch of sea salt. YUM!
You’ll also need a jar/container of some kind to store the milk in, ideally with a tight sealing lid for preserving freshness longer (I use mason jars).
This isn’t going to be a long post, because well, this “recipe” is just so damn simple.
1. Measure out some nuts. A half-cup will make just under 500ml or a regular mason jar of milk, 1 cup will make almost a litre. I used a half-cup of coconut shavings below.
2. Measure out your water. The ideal ratio is roughly 1:4 (4 times as much water vs. nuts). So, if you’re using a half-cup of nuts, you’ll need 2 full cups of water. Feel free alter this to your liking, there is no right or wrong way it just depends how nutty or watery you like it.
3. Blend in a blender on high speed for a couple of minutes.
4. Taste and adjust nut to water ratio accordingly, add in any optional ingredients for added flavour & re-blend.
5. Strain with a nut milk bag like this one (fill it up and squeeze out the liquid into your jar.. a funnel might be useful here) or any kind of fine strainer you have. I use a super-fine tea strainer that fits into the top of a jar and stir the mixture with a spoon to push the liquid into the bottle.
6. Refrigerate & enjoy for up to a week! Note, your mixture may separate while sitting in the fridge but I find that a solid shake of the jar is all that’s needed.