Homemade Nut Milk! -you’ll never want store bought again!

Non-dairy alternatives are all the rage right now…with good reason!

Many people are discovering they have an intolerance or sensitivity to dairy. Some may actually be lactose intolerant but I suspect the rise in this sensitivity has a number of reasons. I discussed these “important to know” reasons in a previous post here.

Another reason it may be beneficial to limit dairy is because of “milk sugar” or lactose that is has. Drinking skim milk, for example, has become nothing more than another “sugary water.” When we’re looking to keep blood sugar in check, (as we all should be) milk can just be added sugar we simply don’t need.

This is where nut milk comes in…

Nut milks, like almond and coconut, have great health benefits as well as being a low carb beverage. I see many varieties at the store and unfortunately, like everything else, there are some “not-so-great” ingredients in some. For one, sugar…surprise, surprise…where ISN’T sugar?!

And like most of my recommendations…

It’s always better to make it yourself!

So here is a VERY simple recipe for making your own nut milk. The pictures here show almond milk but you literally do the same thing to make coconut or any other nut milk. I hear cashew milk is delicious but I have yet to try it.

First, you start by soaking your almonds or other nuts in water mixed with little sea salt. I used 4 cups of nuts mixed with 1/4 tsp sea salt. I added just enough water to cover them. Soaking the nuts are important as it draws the phytic acid out… Yes, we want that out! (by the way, soaking raw nuts and then drying them in a dehydrator or an oven no hotter than 145 degrees is the healthiest way to snack on them!)

Soak these babies overnight and then drain and rinse. No need to dry them for making milk.

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Look how plump & pretty those are!

The next step you’ll have to do in batches, depending on how many almonds you have. I say, “the more the better” because if you’re set up for this process, you may as well churn out a good amount. Especially if you use a lot of it…like I do:)

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So…you will take 1 cup soaked almonds and 4 cups water and blend until creamy & frothy. This literally takes just a few minutes!

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Looking good!

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Before you are about to drain it, add 1-2 tsp real vanilla extract to each 4 cup batch. You could always sweeten it with a little stevia or raw honey but really, it’s so delicious with just the vanilla!

When done blending, drain into any container you have with a lid. Drain through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer. (like I did)

A cheese cloth will get more of the pulp out. They actually make nut milk bags (cheap!) that will strain the most pulp out. My strainer works fine & I don’t mind a little fine pulp as I use them mostly for smoothies or baking, not straight drinking.

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When done straining, SAVE THE ALMOND MEAL! Pack it in a freezer bag and stick it in your freezer until ready to use. Use this in baking or in place of bread crumbs for chicken or fish~Delish!

Just repeat the process until all your almonds are used up. You can keep it in the fridge for about a week or so. I’m sure you could freeze it as well. I would recommend that if you don’t think you will use it all within a week.

And there you have it! THE most delicious nut milk, made easy and not to mention… cheaper!

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Here is a batch I made with chopped coconut!

Let me know how you like it! Seriously, you won’t want that store-bought stuff again!

To our health,

Robin

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  1. Great reminder about cashew milk! I was recently lamenting my lack of available milk-substitutes as I’m currently on a hiatus from dairy, almonds, coconut, and rice due to some food intolerance issues. However, I forgot about cashews! Great post!


    • Robin
      3 years ago

      Thanks, Megan! I’ve been wanting to try cashew milk…let me know if you like it!

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