Homemade nut milk is all the rage right now. Not only is it tastier and fresher than storebought nut milk, but it's healthier (less preservatives and sweeteners!) and more economical if you get your nuts from the bulk aisle. I really love that you get to control the texture and flavor of the milk and create a version that's uniquely all your own!
Here's what you need to know about making your own raw nut milk. You need 1 part nuts to 4 parts water. (Since conventional almonds tend to have a lot of pesticides, if making almond milk I would highly recommend choosing organic if possible.) To begin, you will need:
- 1 cup nuts
- 4 cups water
- a blender (I used my Vitamix)
- a cheesecloth or nut milk bag for straining (if you desire a smoother milk)
- extra goodies for adding flavor or sweetness, if desired
That's it! It's so simple. Now, let's get started.
- Begin by soaking your nuts in some water for about 8 - 12 hours.
- Drain water and rinse the nuts.
- Add nuts and 4 cups of water to blender. Blend for about a minute.
- If you want a smoother milk, strain the milk using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag. Put the cheesecloth or nut milk bag inside a clean jar (hold it in place with a rubber band around the rim if needed) and pour the blender of milk into the cloth to strain.
- Keep the milk in a jar in your fridge and it will last for up to 4 days.
If you'd like to add some sweetness or other flavor, experiment with adding dates, vanilla, cinnamon, agave, or nutmeg. To use dates, once you have strained the milk, put it back in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
Also, if you strained your milk, save your nut pulp and use it in oatmeal, smoothies, baked goods, or raw dips!